All projects supported by Unity Foundation are managed by local development organizations which only make use of local resources and which are “near” to the actual work being carried out in the field. Our partners have a common development history and went through the following 3 stages:
They started as local grass-root initiatives: a few individuals carrying out fairly simple development activities.
They become “sustained development projects”: the activities evolve gradually and grow in size and complexity.
They become an NGO: an organizational structure emerges in order to operate at a much higher level of complexity, carrying out several lines of action and influencing a wider segment of society.
Unity Foundation only supports local NGO’s who have reached the last of these three stages of development, have a proven capacity to utilize funds effectively and the ability to interact well with external funding organizations.
Nahid and Hushang Foundation is our partner in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic. Established in 2003 as a NGO, it provides teacher training and promotes the establishment of community based schools. Since 2007 it became a learning center for NGO’s in french-speaking African countries, which also work with community schools. Unity Foundation supports the effort of this NGO since 2010.
FUNDAEC, the acronym in Spanish for “The Foundation for the Application and Teaching of the Sciences”, is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization that has dedicated over 30 years to fostering processes of learning, training, and development in the rural areas of Colombia and an increasing number of countries in Latin America. FUNDAEC was created in 1974 in Colombia by a group of scientists and professionals who were searching for ways to promote the autochthonous development of rural areas. The Foundation dedicated itself to the creation of the University for Integral Development (UDI, according to its Spanish acronym), which was defined as a social space in which the inhabitants of a given region learn to choose and walk the paths of their own communities’ development.
Association for Scientific and Moral Education (in Spanish ACEM) is a NGO which was founded 2005 in Costa Rica. Since 2006 the organization has been working with the Preparation for Social Action program. Unity Foundation started working with ACEM in 2009.
Unity in Diversity Foundation, also called “Yayasan Bhinneka Tunggal Ika” in Indonesian, was created in Indonesia in 1996 and only three years later Unity Foundation started the long-term cooperation, supporting the pre-school educational programs as well as the teacher training program. The Foundation has its head office in Medan and has an annual audit.
Mwelekeo Organisation is our local partner organization in Kenya. The NGO started working with the Preparation for Social Action program in 2007. Since 2011 Unity Foundation provides financial support for this local partner.
Bambino Foundation has its headquarters located in the capital of Malawi, Lilongwe. In 2007 it started working with community schools and began providing teacher training in Malawi. The foundation was created in order to provide access to quality education for a large population of children living in rural areas. The organization has the status of a NGO and is audited once a year.
Kimanya-Ngeo Foundation for Science and Education was registered in Uganda as a NGO in 2007. Earlier that year, it started its pilot projects with the Preparation for Social Action program. The partnership with Unity Foundation exists since 2009.