International Development

Our international work is primarily delivered through WE Villages, a holistic development model that provides five pillars of international development: education, healthcare, clean water and sanitation, food security, and alternative income programs. WE Charity started in international development in 1995, and launched the WE Villages model in 2004.

Our local staff partner with communities and regional governments to support, teach and empower people to lift themselves out of poverty through these pillars.

Currently, in accordance to local or national health regulations due to COVID-19, certain WE Charity projects may be on a temporary pause. For example, certain developing countries are currently not permitting educational institutions to function, such as primary schools. This is a temporary matter.

WE Charity international development programs operate in Africa, Asia, and Latin American. Below are a few examples of programs currently underway right now:

  • In Ecuador, the WE Agricultural Learning Centre currently operates over 100 acres of production and conservation to assist with food security for WE Villages in the Amazon basin. During a time of COVID-19, the food security programs provide critical nutrition to children and families throughout the region.
  • In India, public health education is currently underway in rural areas, including education on physical distancing, boiling water, and hand-washing. In June, high-yield corn seeds and soy seed were distributed to farmer households in WE Village in Rajasthan communities to assist with food security.
  • In Ethiopia, primary school construction continues as normal (the government has not mandated otherwise).

Kenya is one of our largest operational countries:

  • Programs continue in public health education on COVID-19 reaching tens of thousands of people.
  • WE operates a large-scale food production and food security distribution program.
  • Baraka Hospital is the only medical institution serving a catchment region of tens of thousands of people.
  • Educational resources are being distributed in multiple villages for secondary students to continue at-home studies.
  • Millions of dollars in COVID-19 medical supplies have arrived in-country.

Allocations from WE Charity’s International Program are deployed in three main ways: The first is payment to global field offices and affiliates, which help us deliver the work on the ground. This could be the costs of purchasing bricks from a local brick kiln in Kenya to build a hospital.

The second is direct payment to international suppliers, WE Charity global staff who are working in field, and WE Charity global operations to support the programs. For example, this includes the costs of purchasing the medical supplies and medications for health programs in Kenya and around the world.

The third is education and advocacy programs. In accordance with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) a critical component of advancing global development is building awareness, advocacy, and engagement on the SDGs. For example, WE Charity has a partnership with UNAIDS, UN Women, and other UN agencies to educate young people in North America on sustainable development programs.