Solidarity Volunteering: Strong Relationships, Mutual Development

Cheree and Michael’s letter from Ahisaun

The Manuleu crops have produced many vegetables for the community. Corn and pumpkin have been harvested providing a good source of food for the live-in members.

Frances Scurfield’s letter from Mingende

The cash economy is bypassing the traditional community and it is very sad. One result of this is the amount of drug abuse.

Disabilities – Are we developing dignity?

We also need to be careful in development programs that we do not further destroy the dignity of those we believe we are assisting.

Orientation Course

“After being delivered, we held hands (metaphorically speaking) and hung around together in this 'strange land' – the main street in Ashfield.”

Executive Director’s Report

“Opening our hands to the world is not about the flag waving, wearing, kissing or burning seen recently on our streets. It requires us to become vulnerable…”

A world of difference

Barry's story emphasises how such sharing across cultures has enriched him with great joy, yet made him vulnerable to the depths of pain.


The future of every community lies in capturing the passion, the imagination and the resources of its people. - Ernesto Sirolli