Community Transformation


Our Community Transformation Fund supports projects helping the poor and marginalised in Africa and Asia, especially vulnerable women and people with disability.
 
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Community Transformation supports aid and development projects for poor and marginalised communities. Our aim is to see lives transformed through holistic, sustainable initiatives that lead to rekindled hope and restored dignity.

SIM Community Transformation projects help to provide vulnerable and needy families with services such as:

  • Clean water
  • Food security and sustainable agriculture
  • Education
  • Health care
  • Disability services
  • Improved nutrition and dietary supplements
  • Sanitation services and education
  • Vocational trainingIncome generation opportunities and micro enterprise
Community Transformation is all about impacting lives through education. We’re passionate about education because we know it has the power to lead to lasting change for families trapped in the cycle of poverty. 
 

Food Security & Clean Water

Education empowers the vulnerable and poor by giving them more choices. For many farm families in rural areas across Africa, sustainable sources of food are essential for their survival as they struggle with malnutrition and illnesses associated with a limited diet.

SIM Community Transformation projects help teach and implement sustainable farming techniques that are vital to ensure the future of rural families and their environment. Farm families are able to make improvements to their houses from produce sales and incorporate a larger variety of fruit and vegetable in their diet.
"These farm workers have had a lot of opportunity for personal growth – from learning how to calculate the profitability of a farm or business, to techniques for improving field crop yields..."
- SIM project manager

We also partner with local communities to provide access to safe drinking water through wells, water pumps and filters.
 

Health Care

Education also helps to improve health through awareness about hygiene, the spread of disease and HIV prevention. SIM helps train women in rural communities to become traditional birth attendants, empowering them to help reduce the risk of disease and complications during pregnancy and childbirth.

Through Community Transformation we’re helping to empower people with disabilities to live autonomously through physical rehabilitation and social integration.
“These children are rarely recognised as full persons because of their disability. They learn what it is to be loved. …Time and time again, I witnessed the transformation this love produces: from rejection to dignity, from desperation to hope.”
– Eleanor, Burkina Faso
 

Vocational Training

Education helps people gain access to employment and micro-business, enabling families to lift themselves out of the vicious cycle of poverty.
“Through the project I was able to learn to read and write. I completed a tailoring course and started a sewing business. Now I am happy and I’m able to take care of my family.”
– Devi, India
“The training has helped me immensely. Learning how to produce metal framed beds, chairs and book shelves has enabled me to provide for my family.”
– David, South Sudan

You can help empower vulnerable families who are struggling with poverty through your gift to SIM’s Community Transformation Fund.

Donations to SIM's Community Transformation Fund contribute to the following tax-deductible priority projects:

Day by Day School & Vocational Centre*

South Asia  learn more »

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Day by Day School & Vocational Centre*

South Asia  Project code: 90100

SIMaid  tax deductible project
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Day by Day K-8 school offers quality education by Christian teachers for children from a marginalised community to help break the cycle of poverty. A vocational centre also trains and equips young women in skills for micro enterprise to help them earn a livelihood.

E3 Community Transformation*

West Timor  learn more »

SIMaid  tax deductible project
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E3 Community Transformation*

West Timor  Project code: 90201

SIMaid  tax deductible project
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This project is taking a highly participative approach to meet the development needs of two marginalised communities in West Timor. Local leaders will be responsible for leading the development process in each village. They will receive training to implement community development activities such as providing access to safe drinking water, sanitation, nutrition and improved farming techniques.
Research needs of marginalised communities
Establish and train Community Development committees
Recruit and train volunteers in community development
This project is researching development opportunities in two marginalised communities in West Timor; it hopes to teach local leaders how to implement their own community programs for clean water, sanitation, nutrition and improved farming techniques.

Forest Fruit and Forage for Farm Families (5Fs)*

Ethiopia  learn more »

SIMaid  tax deductible project
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Forest Fruit and Forage for Farm Families (5Fs)*

Ethiopia  Project code: 92235

SIMaid  tax deductible project
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This project helps reduce poverty among the Awi people of Injibara in northern Ethiopia through sustainable agriculture and farming to empower families through sustainable income, improved nutrition and health. 

Help for the Handicapped*

Burkina Faso  learn more »

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Help for the Handicapped*

Burkina Faso  Project code: 93279

SIMaid  tax deductible project
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This project provides medical treatment, post-surgery care, physiotherapy, specialty equipment and education to handicapped children and adults in the Mahadaga area of Burkina Faso, including a school for the deaf and the blind.

Caring For Kids*

Burkina Faso  learn more »

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Caring For Kids*

Burkina Faso  Project code: 93291

SIMaid  tax deductible project
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This project provides infant formula, regular whole milk powder and health treatment to hundreds of vulnerable malnourished children and infants, including many orphans, in Gnagna Province, one of the poorest parts of Burkina Faso.

Sowing Seeds Of Change*

Niger  learn more »

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Sowing Seeds Of Change*

Niger  Project code: 97355

SIMaid  tax deductible project
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This project researches and implements sustainable agro-forestry farming systems through demonstration farms in the Sahel region of Niger to improve local food security; it also gives training in nutrition, infant and maternal health and hygiene. 

Chetna Changing Lives in East Champaran*

India  learn more »

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Chetna Changing Lives in East Champaran*

India  Project code: 98260

SIMaid  tax deductible project
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CHETNA seeks to strengthen the effective functioning of local government community-based health systems in 250 of India’s poorest villages. These basic health services are seeing children immunised, malnourished children fed, and antenatal and postnatal care being provided. The project also works towards improving the livelihoods of the people living in these villages through increasing food security.

Arsenic Alleviation Program*

Bangladesh  learn more »

SIMaid  tax deductible project
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Arsenic Alleviation Program*

Bangladesh  Project code: 98335

SIMaid  tax deductible project
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This project reduces suffering among impoverished communities as a result of arsenic contamination of the groundwater in Bangladesh through testing water quality, raising awareness, and providing subsidised water filters and medical treatment for arsenic-related illnesses. 

*Gifts of $2 or more to SIMaid projects are tax-deductible and will receive a receipt. Should a project raise funds in excess of its target, we will apply it to similar projects where most needed.

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Heaven Sent Gifts Cards

Heaven Sent Gift Cards are a practical way of giving joy and hope to a person in need.
*Gifts with asterisk are tax-deductible

Sponsor a child education $25*

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$25.00

Sponsor a child education $25*

$25.00

Impact lives through education. This gift will go towards a month’s school fees for  one child to attend the Day by Day School in South Asia. This K-8 school offers education, regardless of religious background, to children of families that are unable to provide that opportunity due to poverty and/or marginalisation.

This gift is tax-deductible.

90100 Day By Day School - South Asia
 

Medicine and treatment $46*

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$46.00

Medicine and treatment $46*

$46.00

Fight against Arsenicosis. This gift can help provide medical treatment to patients suffering from illness associated with arsenic poisoning from contaminated water in Bangladesh through the Arsenic Alleviation project.

This gift is tax-deductible.

98335 Arsenic Alleviation – Bangladesh

Where most needed $20*

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$20.00

Where most needed $20*

$20.00

Help where most needed. This gift will go towards meeting shortfalls for SIMaid tax-deductible projects and for responses to emergencies arising from natural and other disasters.

This gift is tax deductible.

68011- Where Most Needed

Tree seedlings $18*

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$18.00

Tree seedlings $18*

$18.00

This gift can help poor farm families in Ethiopia have a better life by implementing sustainable agriculture, including growing and harvesting fruit through SIM's 5 Fs (Forest Fruit and Forage for Farm Families) project. The trees resulting from this year’s plantings will benefit farm families for many years.

This gift is tax-deductible.

Project 92235 5 Fs
(Forest Fruit and Forage for Farm Families) – Ethiopia

Agriculture training $22*

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$22.00

Agriculture training $22*

$22.00

This gift can help provide training in sustainable agriculture techniques to farmers in the Sahel region of Niger through SIM’s Sowing Seeds of Change project, enabling them to provide for their families in times of famine and drought.

This gift is tax-deductible.

Project 97355
Sowing Seeds of Change – Niger

Sewing machine or loom $95*

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$95.00

Sewing machine or loom $95*

$95.00

This gift can help provide an underprivileged disabled woman in Burkina Faso with vocational skills and a microbusiness in tailoring through SIM's Help for the Handicapped project.

This gift is tax-deductible.

Project 93279
Help for the Handicapped – Burkina Faso



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