About us Who we are Our story Assisi Aid Projects is a small and highly effective development organisation, focusing on the empowerment of women to bring about positive changes to their own lives, the lives of their children, and the communities in which they live. Assisi Aid Projects is a proud signatory to the Australian Council for International Development Code of Conduct, as well as an accredited DFAT Australian NGO Cooperation Program partner. This requires us to demonstrate high quality programming, operational and risk management practices. The Assisi Aid Projects' Strategy works to strengthen people’s own capacity to establish, operate and manage their own development initiatives. The strategy works through local partners who deliver the projects in the communities in which they have specific local expertise. Over the years Assisi Aid Projects has partnered with organisations in Timor Leste, Solomon Islands and most recently Live & Learn Cambodia. Assisi Aid Projects is currently focusing on working with communities in India, partnering with Integrated Development Trust. Our history The idea of establishing Assisi Aid Projects originated after Sister Stella, an Indian nun, visited Australia in 1974 to learn dairy farming techniques. Concerned about food security in her home community in Tamil Nadu, Sister Stella returned to India with Australian cattle. Retaining six of these cows, Sister Stella established the Assisi Farm and Training Centre to train local women in dairy farming. Assisi Aid Projects was formed in 1985 to support this centre.