WHAT IS ONE THOUSAND VILLAGES?
Our organisation was founded by Justin Whitecross in 2002. Justin started way back in 1996 in Thailand working with community leaders and a number of groups and community organisations. He was shocked and horrified to learn about sex trafficking and exploitation in Thailand and across the Mekong. Justin established One Thousand Villages to enable the development and implementation of programs and local initiatives to address the root causes of trafficking and sexual exploitation. One Thousand Villages directly manages and implements programs across the region. Our work is funded through donations and grants. We believe the solution for real and lasting change can only originate at the grassroots.
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. Funds have been received from DFAT for project activity. 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 connections 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.