We are unique in our approach. At present we do not hold funds that we are able to distribute, instead we form partnerships with NGOs and endeavour to raise donations and obtain grants on their behalf, which we then pass directly onto them.
Potential partners are NGOs that fulfil our criteria, that have either been recommended to us, or have approached us directly. We have very limited capacity at present so we are only able to accept very limited numbers of partners. However, as we expand we hope to increase our ability to support many more NGOs and their community projects.
Those who are interested in becoming partners must demonstrate to us that they:
- are grassroots (embedded in their local communities) and consulting regularly with their beneficiaries
- are registered in their country of operation
- are independent of any other organisation
- do not discriminate on the basis of religion, disability or sexual orientation
- are robust and well established in their communities
Proposed projects must meet a pressing community need, be charitable in nature and promote sustainable outcomes for their beneficiaries. Likely project areas are vocational skills, physical and emotional well-being, education, water and sanitation, health, mico-enterprise, environment, agriculture (including horticulture and permaculture), community cohesion and social welfare.
Once we have accepted a project we work hard with our team of volunteers to secure funds from grant making trusts, foundations and donors to make it happen.
When a funder has been identified, partners must commit to all the grant conditions imposed by the funder before any grants can be distributed (e.g. in the areas of child safeguarding, grant monitoring and aid transparency) and aim to work to best practice in all these areas.
If we are successful in obtaining funds, the partner is obliged to conform to all the funder’s requirements, for example, reporting on progress and outcomes, accounting for expenditure and submitting reports and evaluations. Large projects may include the cost of an independent evaluator.
Partners may be visited by our volunteers if it is convenient to both parties.