Our four step plan

1 Dependence

With as much as $100 billion of aid money pouring into developing countries each year, why aren’t we seeing major reductions in poverty levels?

Corruption and administration costs are the two most cited problems, but the fundamental reason is much simpler. Most aid programmes do not address the root causes of poverty. Instead they set up an ongoing dependency of annual handouts, and the cycle of poverty continues.

2 Good Health

The basic foundation for any form of prosperity is good health. Nobody functions efficiently or confidently if they are continually ill.

Effective sanitation and clean water are the primary means of reducing death and illness. Some 2.2 million children under five die every year because of inadequate sanitation and unsafe water. Yet between 1997 and 2008, total development aid for sanitation and water fell from eight per cent to five per cent. Improve health and people will have the energy, confidence and strength to commit to both educational and livelihood programmes.

3 Livelihoods

To move from dependence to independence, people must have the confidence and opportunity to provide for themselves. WTN helps to set up locally sustainable livelihood programmes that are not at the mercy of global markets.

Our fundamental aim is to ensure that there is a sustainable local market without undermining culture and traditions.

4 Independence

Our direct and efficient approach resolves the major causes of poverty first, and then addresses the communities’ other needs. Empower and facilitate healthy people and they will be able to work their own way out of the poverty trap.

It is estimated that it would take some $40 billion – just 40 per cent of the current annual aid budget – to provide for everyone’s basic water, sanitation, health and education needs. If there are so many people still in poverty, something must be going wrong. Help us to put it right.

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