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.
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.