NO QUICK FIXES

We believe long-term commitment is important. That pretty much sums us up. Strong relationships don’t happen quickly; people don’t open doors and invite you into their lives if they don’t trust you.

Our founder Justin Whitecross started in Thailand back in 1995 with no idea of what lay ahead. Justin experienced extreme poverty and suffering in rural areas and cities and faced many uncomfortable truths about aid effectiveness and ‘solutions’ to poverty and heinous exploitation of children. His vision to impact lives and create change in villages and towns continues to inspire people to join with One Thousand Villages. One Thousand Villages is people acting together, committing to solving problems in poorer communities and preventing exploitation and abuse of children. There are no fast and easy solutions to addressing poverty and how it effects families and children. We know that problems are not insurmountable and can be faced honestly, opening new dialogue and opportunities to effect change.

WE SEE NEW OPPORTUNITIES

For many people in rural areas life is getting worse and many people can only dream about a good future. What will happen to children from these remote rural communities in decades to come? What does it mean to stand still and not act? We believe it is possible to impact the lives of millions of people in rural areas and alleviate suffering – this is possible.

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