WHAT IS ONE THOUSAND VILLAGES?
One Thousand Villages was founded by Justin Whitecross in 2002. Justin worked for many years with disadvantaged, homeless and mentally ill young people and families in Australia. He committed to helping young people at risk or experiencing disadvantage in Southeast Asia way back in 1996 when he travelled to Thailand to learn about community development programs and meet community leaders and a number of groups. Justin established One Thousand Villages to develop and deliver services locally and committed to long term investment in time and resources to work with and support people to effect change. He developed fundraising for the mission and continues to establish and maintain strong relationships with supporters. We continue to lead or support the development of activities, programs and resources that can be maintained over time, with or without us.
IS ONE THOUSAND VILLAGES A REGISTERED CHARITY?
Yes. One Thousand Villages is a registered charity in Australia and Thailand.
CAN I VOLUNTEER WITH ONE THOUSAND VILLAGES?
Applying to volunteer in Thailand with One Thousand Villages requires time and commitment. Positions are typically long-term (6 and 12 months) and ideal for people with years of education/work experience and professional development. We provide many opportunities in Australia and encourage people to connect with us regardless of where they live.
One Thousand Villages receives donations from supporters, corporates, churches, and businesses in Australia and Southeast Asia. We rely on support from the community and partners to continue our work. Accounts are audited on an annual basis.
Yes, you can claim a tax deductions for donations in Australia.
WHAT DOES THE NAME ‘ONE THOUSAND VILLAGES’ MEAN?
The name ‘One Thousand Villages’ reflects the grassroots nature of our work. We have always believed in the importance of working with people at the ground level to create change. Our aspiration is to build strong relationships in villages and communities far and wide, empowering individuals to work together to tackle the root causes of poverty and gender inequalities and so on.