The mission of One Thousand Villages is to connect and engage with communities, local leaders, schools and families to create effective opportunities for girls’ empowerment.

Strong relationships and shared commitments with our partners continue to define our work. We are focused on expanding and improving education, economic opportunities, and leadership development to empower girls and build capacities to prevent exploitation. 

Major program areas in 2016


Our core values underpin the way in which we behave and go about our work. These values are inherited from our founder, Justin Whitecross, and are clearly expressed through our thinking, behavior and decision making – together, they establish our working culture and identity. If you you would like to know more about opportunities and changes happening in Thailand and Australia, please contact us:

Since 2002

Our approach in creating relationships at the village level allows us to work together in identifying the unique obstacles faced by girls and households in those communities and to provide effective ways to combat them. This is at the heart of the concept of One Thousand Villages. Our growing network of communities allows us to learn from each other, to understand what works, and to benefit from the creative ideas and successes that come from within each unique community – whether it be one village or one thousand.


We are committed to effective relationships and working in collaboration and partnership with communities, nonprofits, schools, and corporates to achieve far-reaching change for more girls and women. This type of strategic collaboration and dialogue provides new pathways to action and moves us away from models of isolated impact and toward new models of collective impact. At One Thousand Villages, we fully believe that joining together with others and better coordinated programs are essential for addressing the most critical issues affecting women and girls. Click to read more


We have delivered a variety of work, projects, campaigns, education, social enterprise, media, and leadership. Operations started formally in 2002 when we began organising and managing fundraising and programs in Australia and Thailand. Justin Whitecross founded the organisation because he believed that there is a need for a new approach to combating trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of girls in Thailand – an approach that is built on relationships and dialogue at the local level and on goals for sustainable social impact. We currently operate in four countries and provide programs and services to thousands of the most vulnerable girls irrespective of their race, religion, gender, or political affiliation. Click to read more

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