What we do

The Assisi approach

Assisi’s approach to community development has evolved over the 40 years of working with disadvantaged communities. Our success is due to our commitment to supporting tangible, practical and most importantly, self-sustaining initiatives in disadvantaged communities. Assisi works directly with communities, particularly women, to alleviate poverty through initiatives such as Self-Help/Savings Groups, micro-enterprise and educational, health and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) services.

The use of the Self-Help model in communities encourages collective savings schemes, which members can draw from to establish micro-enterprises and generate an income. The Groups also provide a vehicle to address key development issues within the communities.

Focus areas:

  • Community economic development
  • Women’s empowerment
  • Education
  • Water, sanitation and hygiene
  • Food security

Above: Tuition classes for disadvantaged children in Trapeang Roung, Cambodia. A total of 10 tuition classes with 173 students are being held M-F for 2-3 hours. Teachers choose children who are frequently absent or falling behind in marks. Topics taught include: writing, reading and maths, as well as life skills, hygiene education and environmental education.