WHO WE ARE
Initiate Australia is an international organisation and registered charity with a vision to see all people free from poverty through advocacy, education and investing in local people and initiatives.
We are committed to sustainable development in communities and places where poverty exists. We recognise that a comprehensive approach is needed which is why we partner with like minded people and organisations, utilise effective research and strategies, and measure all of our impact.
Poverty in all its forms continues to oppress and deprive people in Australia and around the world of opportunity, dignity and basic living needs. It is estimated that 736 million people are living in extreme poverty around the world. This figure does not account for other forms of poverty. In Australia for example, we know that 1 in 10 children live in relative poverty. The impact of poverty is evident and cycles can continue for generations.
We recognise that poverty can affect people and communities differently. Poverty in an Australian community can look vastly different to poverty in sub Saharan Africa. Identifying and defining poverty is the first step in addressing the root causes and ensuring people have the opportunity to develop and flourish in life regardless of where they are located.
Initiate Australia’s work was established in 2011. After travelling throughout Australia, East Africa and South East Asia founders Josh and Felicity were inspired by local people changing their communities. Frustrated at the many failed projects and cycles of dependence, they decided to act. They become passionate about addressing the root causes of poverty both in Australia and overseas. Initially registered as Sonlife Africa, together with some like-minded friends and local partners they began investing in projects started solely by local people in their communities.
The same year whilst teaching in a private high school in Perth, Western Australia Josh came to realise that volunteering was often expensive, more often than not disempowered local people and resulted in little to no long-term impact. However, he was aware that increasingly students were both interested in global issues and had a passion to do something about it. That same year Josh started what is now known as the Global Education Program, a leadership pathway for students identified as future leaders to engage with issues of injustice.
Nine years on, the organisation has invested in various initiatives across eight countries (including Australia) and has seen the Global Education Program expand to include students from across 14 schools in Western Australia, Victoria and New South Wales. There is a growing legacy of alumni from Global Education Program impacting their communities through new and existing initiatives.
The organisation remains committed to the initial vision of seeing people free from poverty through investing in local, empowering and sustainable projects.
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