Core Values & Guiding Principles
- Ensure grass roots project funding is provided without ethnicity, gender, religious or political bias.
- Work with partners locally in countries where projects are supported.
- Provide a hand-up rather than a hand-out.
- Provide accountability to our donors and partners. Keep administration costs to a minimum.
- Work primarily through committed volunteers.
How We Work
SHARE partners with like-minded rural organizations in developing countries where local governments are unable to offer support and services to impoverished rural communities. SHARE’s assistance is given to partners who can meet needs that they, not SHARE, identify in consultation with the beneficiaries. These local partnerships carry out SHARE’s work.
Because we believe strongly in the skills and experiences of our trusted southern partners and the local farmers and communities we ask what they need and partner with them. Donations go to the people who need it.
We Use the 'Pass On' Principle
SHARE’s beneficiaries are required to “pass on” knowledge, assistance, or something concrete to others in need. This ensures that the project and the benefits grow. The “pass on” might be plant cuttings, seeds, skills, knowledge or community service.
- Women in Brazil who received funds to develop their chicken enterprise donated meat to the local school lunch program.
- SHARE scholarship students in Belize and Guatemala do community service in their village and schools.
- Families who receive an improved stove in Guatemala must plant and care for trees.
- Farmers who received improved seed potatoes or cactus plants in Bolivia agreed to donate an equal amount to a neighbour.
- Farmers in Bolivia who received cactus leaves have donated to their neighbours. The leaves are used for animal feed in the dry season. The fruit can be consumed by the families.