“Working together” against poverty and enabling synergies is important so AIC groups from different countries form special relationships within a culture of solidarity. These bonds facilitate greater mutual understanding and closer collaboration between the groups involved.
Groups interested in establishing a twinning share their expectations with each other and agree on the commitments they want to make. Good communication between twinned groups is essential.
Twinnings can have a variety of objectives, such as:
- Financial support or gifts in kind
- Shared training
- Exchanges of experiences
- Shared responsibility for a specific project
- Visiting each other
- Mutual understanding of the countries involved
- Cultural exchanges, etc.
Often many different objectives can be achieved at the same time. Volunteers are invited to be creative!
Twinnings can be one-off or longer-term collaborations. They can also change over time.
MADAGASCAR – FRANCE: Invisible treasures
Motivated by the huge needs observed in Madagascar and the great potential of its AIC association, AIC-France association started supporting the training of AIC-Madagascar’s leaders and volunteers, encouraging their participation in various international events and seminars. At the same time, the French volunteers began to support nutrition, literacy and social advancement programmes in Madagascar.
“We gave a great deal in terms of material, economic and physical resources, but we received so much more at a human level in terms of the love we shared and the invisible treasures we were able to gather”. (Testimony from a French volunteer)