To enable people in Southeast Asia to live above the poverty line, we work closely with four local non-profit partner organizations: Project Life Subic in the Philippines, Gema Alam and the WKP Foundation in Indonesia and the Tamar Center in Thailand. They all share a common goal: To enable people to get out of poverty by helping people to help themselves.
In reaching that goal, our partners pursue different approaches: Tamar Center in Thailand works mainly in the red light district and enables women to get out of poverty prostitution through apprenticeships, Gema Alam takes care of the economic and social development of village communities in remote areas on Indonesia’s island Lombok, WKP Foundation supports people in poor neighborhoods of Bali’s capital Denpasar and the non-profit organization Project Life Subic helps people in the Philippines mainly through educational programs.
“As diverse as the focus of our partner organizations is, our cooperation with them is just as diverse. We give entire village communities access to microcredits, as well as for individual micro-entrepreneurs and we sponsor apprenticeships,” explains Tobias Schüßler, our director. “Together with our partners, we decide on the funded projects. For this purpose, we are in close contact with each other via Skype, social media and e-mail. These conversations always focus on the personal situation of each project participants and their families. That way I always stay informed and can assist with any questions. ”
The partner organizations are of great importance for the success of our work. Their employees are in weekly contact with the participants during the repayment or training period in order to be able to respond quickly to challenges and to provide advice if necessary. Tobias himself also travels to Southeast Asia about once a year to visit individual partner organizations, to ensure that donations have been used properly and that the programs help people in the long run.
“The close contact conveys our respect and appreciation of their hard work to our partners,” says Schüßler. “They do not perceive themselves as mere donation administrators, but as equal partners in the quest to help improve their lives.”