Note #1: Overall, The Salvation Army is active in 128 countries globally. This map shows locations where our Australian International Development office works. Other Salvation Army International Development offices (e.g. in the US and Europe) work in partnership with us to strategically distribute support across the globe.
Note #2: This map only shows locations that partner in community development projects, i.e. those that are able to receive tax-deductible donations. As part of a global movement, there are other forms if international support provided by The Salvation Army Australia that are not reflected here. For more about tax deductibility, please click here.
About Community Development
Our community development programs seek to identify and address the unique needs of the communities we serve. In addressing the root causes of poverty, together we can empower children, women and men to break the perpetuating cycle of poverty and build self-sustainable communities.
We are committed to holistic community development programs and projects focused on addressing five key areas, which align with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
- Economic Empowerment (SDGs 1,2 & 8)
- Health (SDGs 3 & 6)
- Education and child rights (SDG 4)
- Climate justice and Environment (SDGs 13 & 15)
- Reducing inequalities and promoting justice (SDGs 5,10 & 16)
To maximise the effectiveness of community development programs and projects, our geographic focus is on countries that are, or have been, Salvation Army Partners in Mission - a name given to territories that have been linked by The International Salvation Army. Although we have a strong focus on community development, we also support the advancement of the evangelical mission of The Salvation Army overseas, with non-tax deductible funding.
How we work
The overall goal is to increase the number of communities who are moving towards the alleviation of poverty. Our focus is to work alongside communities every step of the way; from the process of ascertaining their needs to project delivery and self-sustainability.
We believe it is paramount to provide tools for sustainable programs and projects, to educate people and empower them to achieve their full potential, thus breaking the cycle of poverty. We realise this is not easily achieved, but believe that as we establish relationships with individuals and communities in partnership with our donors, we will see a much greater impact.
We serve without discrimination and share the Gospel where welcome. We are prompted by God’s love for us and the acknowledgement that all people are created in His image. So we place value and dignity upon humanity.
SAID supports community development and capacity building by working in partnership with communities in Asia, Africa and the Pacific.
SAID implements community development projects in our strategic focus countries, which include:
- Papua New Guinea
To achieve this, SAID has developed strong and long-term partnerships with The Salvation Army Territory in each of these focus countries. This allows us to build our partner, ensure high accountability for the funds, and deliver lasting change. The projects are implemented by our partner, often by an in-country project officer.
The Theory of Change (ToC) helps us achieve our vision by providing measurable outcomes and a framework to guide our practices, operations and values. Click here to learn more.
Where do the funds go?
Funds raised from the gift catalogue and sponsorship will be used to deliver the programs. Every gift purchased through Salvos Gifts empowers communities to lift themselves out of poverty. The cost to implement each project varies. Therefore, when a project is fully funded, we direct excess funding to projects of a similar nature. This ensures the needs of the communities you support are met and that they have ownership of the project.