Assisi’s story began in 1974 when Sister Stella arrived in Victoria, Australia to learn about dairy farming. Her aim was to start a food security and nutrition project in India. In Australia, Sr Stella worked with local farmers and returned home on a cargo ship with 30 friesian cows and three bulls to start the project. Retaining five cows and one bull, Sister Stella started Assisi Farm and Training Centre (AF&TC) in Tamil Nadu. Selected community members were given dairy farm training. Each local trainee at AFTC was encouraged to motivate others in their communities to achieve household food security. The idea of a community-based model for development started to take shape. Assisi Aid Projects was formed in 1985 in Bendigo, Victoria, Australia to provide funding and strategic planning to help support the project.
Over the past 40 years, Assisi has grown from a mere vision into an expanding humanitarian aid organisation, empowering communities to make positive changes in their lives. Assisi is currently working in communities in Cambodia and India.
Assisi facilitates and nurtures development initiatives that are community–led, locally relevant and create equal opportunity for all members of society, in order to:
Our vision is for an inclusive and sustainable world by creating equal opportunity for all, to acquire the education, skills and resources necessary to build self-sufficient and prosperous lives.
Assisi Aid Projects is a signatory to the Code of Conduct of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) and committed to ACFID’s values:
Assisi will only participate in projects where it is able to add value, and where there is a focus on at least one of the following thematic areas:
1. Community economic development – agriculture, fisheries and water
2. Gender equality; empowering women and girls
Gender inequality persists in our region, undermining economic growth, human development and poverty reduction. Gender equality and empowering women has been shown to contribute to growth, development and stability. Our programs work towards:
Assisi is a non-denominational agency and does not promote or support any religious or political adherence.
Download Assisi’s Strategic Plan 2014-2017 here.
The 2017-2020 Strategy will be available in late June 2017.
To download the 2015/16 Annual Report please click here.
To download the 2014/15 Annual Report please click here.
To download the 2013/15 Annual Report please click here.