OUR AIC ACTIONS
AIC volunteers at grassroots level work locally to meet real needs on the ground. Our projects are mainly in the fields of education, health and social inclusion.
AIC actions are undertaken by local AIC volunteers, in response to the situations of poverty they encounter in their own communities. Belonging to an international network encourages exchanges of experiences and best practices, creates synergies and promotes mutual support, leading to a global approach to the fight against poverty.
80% of the beneficiaries of AIC’s work are women and their children. As women are the worst affected by poverty and injustice, AIC Solidarité considers it is they above all who can build a fairer world.
Features of AIC actions
- Priority for education and training: AIC believes that education is key to preventing and fighting poverty. Education is not simply the vertical, passive transmission of knowledge; it means learning from others, just as much as teaching others.
“Through teaching one learns, through learning one teaches.” (Paulo Freire).
- Developing local strengths: convinced that each person has within them the capacity to find solutions to their own problems, AIC volunteers seek to encourage participation by the beneficiaries, so that together they can do what is needed to get out of poverty.
- Emphasising local and team working: locally-based AIC volunteers are the most familiar with the economic, political, social and religious circumstances of their communities and they are organised in groups to implement actions effectively.
- Giving full attention to the person: volunteers develop personal relationships with those they support, taking into account their material, human and spiritual needs, and respecting their cultural identity.
- Creating social bonds: the causes of poverty are not just economic. Poverty is also manifested in isolation for individuals. One of the aims of AIC’s work is to try to encourage the creation of social bonds, helping people to feel part of a community.
On the ground
AFRICAOther projects in Africa
TSIRY – Education
Country: Madagascar, South-East region
“Now, I am able to read and write. It’s so nice to feel valued and to be considered as a full citizen!” Since 2010, 2619 adults – mainly women – and 1145 children have taken part in the literacy program run by the AIC volunteers in the south-east of Madagascar. The children are given a wholesome meal every day, which motivates them and improves their health and their academic performance. The adults receive a small amount of capital (about 107€) at the end of the training program so that they can set up an income-generating activity (such as a vegetable garden, rice cultivation, fishing, raising poultry, etc.). Read moreSUPPORT THIS PROJECT
LATIN AMERICAOther projects in Latin America
“Training to get decent work” – Education
Country : Guatemala, Guatemala City
Since the beginning of 2016, women living in a shanty town next to a dump in Guatemala have been participating in training sessions organised by AIC volunteers (on making piñatas, hairdressing, dressmaking and waitressing). At the end of this training, they will have the chance to set up a small income-generating activity other than the collection and sale of rubbish. Read more.
ASIAOther projects in Asia
Trees to prevent soil erosion – Environment
2016 -2021: ‘Yes to creation, all the way!’
Country : Philippines, Sta Rita, Pampanga
25 years ago, Mt. Pinatubo erupted and lava flowed down to low-lying regions, covering large areas in Zambales and Pampanga. Buildings were completely or partially covered. Mega dikes were built to contain the flow in a particular area to prevent it from engulfing everything. Read more.SUPPORT THIS PROJECT
EASTERN EUROPEOther projects in Eastern Europe
“Oasis of Peace” – Education and Health
Country : Ukraine, Kharkiv – East of the country
“My dream is that there are no more misunderstandings or wars between countries; that politicians discuss things, rather than send out soldiers; that there are no more bombs; that Ukraine becomes a peaceful country”. Words of one of the children at the Oasis of Peace centre. Read more.SUPPORT THIS PROJECT