We aim to make a better world one community at a time by helping some of the poorest people on the planet to help themselves. Our underlying belief is that people benefit more from the opportunity to develop through their own efforts rather than simply relying on the donation of aid. Sustain for Life was established in 2006 as an independent not-for-profit organisation with no political or religious affiliations.
Our vision is for a world where even the poorest and most marginalised people have acquired the skills and means for a sustainable future. Sustain for Life’s aim is to provide assistance, training and education to some of the poorest and most underdeveloped communities in the world, to help them become economically and sustainably self-sufficient.
Our Every Penny Counts promise guarantees that 100% of all money raised goes directly to Sustain for Life projects, not on administration or fundraising costs. We believe that when people are kind enough to donate to a good cause, all of their funding should go directly to the people who need it most. That’s why every single penny of your donation to Sustain for Life goes directly to the front-line to help individuals and communities in need. Our founder has pledged to fund all of Sustain for Life’s running costs, ensuring that every penny received has maximum impact.
Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; show him how to catch fish, and you feed him for a lifetime… Since Sustain for Life’s very first project in 2006, our philosophy and ethos haven’t changed. Rather than giving aid to help the poorest and most vulnerable, we work with local communities and organisations to give people skills, education and training so that they can help themselves. We give people in need the initial means, knowledge and skills to encourage them to develop better lives and sustainable livelihoods through their own efforts. We use local knowledge and people to carry out and monitor fieldwork on our behalf and, when necessary, take advice from others who might have more specialist skills and experience. Sustain for Life is currently focusing our efforts on several projects in Uganda but is always looking at other areas where there is need and where our projects can make impact.
We help poor and marginalised individuals develop sustainable nutritious food supplies and income-generating potential through the practice, training and outreach of sustainable organic agriculture, especially at the institution and community level.
We provide poor and vulnerable people with education, vocational training and other support in order to give them a self-sustainable future. We have focused on children with disabilities and those living in extreme poverty or in juvenile detention facilities.
Improving nutrition is key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Good nutrition, a focus of all of Sustain for Life’s work, is crucial to health, gender equality, education, livelihoods development, societal growth and more. We promote good nutrition through each one of our projects.
We aim to improve maternal and child health and explore sustainable solutions for healthcare, including innovative community insurance schemes. We strive to improve access to health and support projects that promote more equitable healthcare.