Our Vision and Mission
“Giving a Voice to the Millions Silenced by Poverty”
The name of A Million Voices comes from the reality of the millions of people around the globe today – being robbed of their voices as they are silenced by poverty. Too often the voices of those who have less are not heard, and they give up the fight for what they are entitled to as equals, as they lose hope together with their ability to express their opinions and needs.
We live in a world where a human being’s worth is measured by status and financial capability. Of course we would prefer to think otherwise, but how come then does the suffering of thousands of people in a 3rd world country only get a small paragraph in the newspapers while small fatal accidents in a developed country make the headlines world-wide?
The aim of the organization is to give a voice to the millions silenced by poverty – in order to empower them to take control of their own lives and make life-changing improvements.
The Four Pillars
The organization follows four main objectives:
1. Initiate and Support Sustainable Projects
Sustainability is a keyword in ensuring a continuous impact of a project, and it’s essential that the beneficiaries do not become dependent on support. The organization will follow up and not leave any project uncompleted, but eventually more and more will rest on the shoulders of the beneficiaries to maintain and keep improving their own lives.
2. Remain Active throughout the Project Process and Period
The organization will ensure to never be an invisible third party that purely provides financial assistance. For all projects, there is a “no-cash” policy, meaning that all donations and project assistance are given in-kind. This is to ensure project sustainability and transparency.
3. Focus on Projects Connected to Four Target Areas: Knowledge, Health, Livelihood, and Protection
The UN Millennium Goals stand as inspiration for the four core areas, and they are as follows:
Those who have easy access to it often underestimate the power of knowledge. Worldwide, millions are deprived of their right to proper education and are thereby denied the chance to improve their lives. Investing in education is an excellent example of a sustainable project, and an educational background may ensure a safe income and a brighter future.
Poor health may result in catastrophe for a family, as important income may be lost. It also has an impact on the education of students, as sickness is one of the leading causes of school absence. With low school attendance, children will be left behind and struggle onward in school, and in society. By focusing on initiatives in mental and physical health, one can therefore safe lives, secure the living standards of families, and provide society with an efficient and active worker or student.
In order to ensure the future of any person, it is necessary to consider the protection aspects – such as protection of human rights. This goes hand in hand with awareness: for families, children and youth. In many families, there are also issues of abuse, and in order to provide a safe daily life such problems need to be addressed. At the same time, assistance after unforeseen events, such as fire and family tragedies, are also essential to project sustainability.
Being unemployed and unskilled will not only result in the lack of an income, but may also be the root of poor self-confidence, lack of motivation and severe depression. Thus, the ability of development becomes highly important. Through workshops and courses, a person with no prior educational background will get a second chance. The organization also provides diplomas and assistance in kind for start-up of small-scale businesses after a completed livelihood course.
4. Include the Local Communities and Beneficiaries in the Planning and Execution of Projects
“Teamwork” is a keyword in the planning process, execution and final stages of any project. Using the knowledge of locals, including volunteers from the communities, tie-ups with local organizations and institutions, and purchasing materials from nearby businesses, will most certainly engage more involvement and secure positive outcomes. However, most importantly the feedback from the beneficiaries themselves, as well as direct involvement, help steer any project in the right direction.