SMALL CHANGES, BIG IMPACT
what we do
When crisis hits, no one should ever feel alone. No one should ever feel they must wait to be helped. As communities grapple with establishing a new normal post-crisis, basic resources such as childcare, after-school programs, adult education and training, nutrition and health can be insurmountable barriers. What we do together can help by getting those basic pillars of the community back in place. It really can be that simple: when mom has childcare, she can go to work. When mom can work, the children can go to school. When the children have a safe place to learn, the future is bright.
Sustainable development goal framework
What Is A SUSTAINABLE Project and Why Is It Important?
When a crisis hits, immediate community support is critical. But it cannot be endless. Why? Because genuine support enables others to do it for themselves. Project support has to end eventually, but the positive impact of the project should continue long into the future.
When AMF says that projects must be ‘Sustainable’, we mean that projects we are involved in have the ability to continue to support local communities for the long term. After donation, donors want to see how the project and its impact will outlive the direct involvement of the organization.
A project must be sustainable in at least one of 4 categories:
1. Community: how project activities activate and strengthen wider community participation, well being, productivity, identity and/or stability.
2. Financial: how a project establishes self-generating funding methods, financial support required for the project or the organisation continuing after the grant has ended.
3. Business: how the project will generate financial gains or profits that continue to function on earned income. This may also be a cross-cutting theme in livelihood development-type projects.
4. Environmental: how the project uses resources to ensure that natural resources will never disappear, investing in their preservation and protection. This is a rare type of project sustainability. More often, environmental sustainability is a project theme or cross-cutting theme rather than performance measure.
a bright future
With help in rebuilding and restrengthening what is needed for communities to look to the future without the daily stresses of trying to manage life without basic community resources, communities can begin to truly rebuild after crisis. Focusing on emotional health instead of childcare. Career growth instead of unemployment. Happiness instead of sorrow.