Life at AVSI is going through the same turbulent times as the rest of the world. Words like
solidarity and charity are uncommon, compared to a general spread of cynicism and lack of interest in human suffering.
Over the course of this year, more than 1,200 people worked in AVSI projects, more than
two million people benefited from them, hundreds of thousands of people supported our commitment, and in Italy they enlivened more than 800 events. These are the positive signs
of a constructive humanity that, as we see it, go against the tide. In fact, they are revolutionary.
Another key word: conflict. In the bloodied Middle East, 2014 was a year of hard work in support
of those fleeing Syria, especially those who have found refuge in Lebanon and Jordan, and later in Iraq with the launch of AVSI’s activities with Caritas, thanks to a significant collection of funds.”
Among the results of this work, I like to remember Muhamad, a Shiite Muslim who, assisted as
a child through the distance support program, became an AVSI volunteer and ended up working alongside the refugees in Marj El Kok, mostly of Sunni origin. Overlooked by the spotlights, but yet still very serious, the conflict in South Sudan continued in 2014. Women and children were subjected to violence, people fled their homes, and food supplies dwindled. AVSI was on the front line with an able, sensitive team of women.
In 2014 the Nobel Prize presented to Malala gave new impetus to the value of education, always
one of AVSI’s primary areas of focus. “A child, a teacher, a book and a pen can change the world”. One of many examples, the Little Prince Primary School in Kibera, Nairobi, has a school dropout rate of 8% compared to the 35% national average. Special attention is given to innovation.
On the one hand, we support projects in the energy sector as a springboard or improving living
conditions while respecting the environment. On the other hand, AVSI is eager to facilitate a growing involvement with the private, for-profit sector. In this regard, AVSI has developed a due diligence methodology for human rights compliance in companies, in the certainty that an NGO business alliance can become constructive for the common good.
The Italian government's new law on development takes a multi-stakeholder approach, opening up to the private sector as a leading player, and introducing opportunities for coordination among the various players. On the agenda for sustainable development, AVSI was invited by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation to the National Council for Development Cooperation.
In recent times, AVSI has become an ever stronger expression of the network of 35 founding
NGOs enhancing the experience and talents of these organizations all committed to serving
people along the last mile.
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