Areas of Focus
Serving 80 Countries
La Salle International helps to sponsor educational, health, human service and humanitarian projects around the world. Most of our projects are educational and we support schools in 80 countries, especially institutions located in developing areas.
Kindergarten to Medical School
The De La Salle Brothers have educational projects which run from pre-school to primary school to secondary school to college and university level education to graduate school and professional (law, medicine, and engineering) programs. They offer comprehensive educational programs in many countries and, through your assistance we support those operations.
Health and Human Services
Our health and human service programs include facilities for the victims of emotional, physical and psychological violence. We provide a comforting and safe refuge. In some cases, we support programs with residential facilities, and in other locations, there are after-school or walk-in facilities for their use. We engage qualified, credentialled counselors, social workers, psychologists and doctors to provide for individuals entrusted to our care.
In securing funds, the Foundation gives special attention to youth at-risk. These youth include educationally-excluded youth, street children, orphans, victims of child abuse, drug addicts, disabled youth, individuals with mental illness, migrant and refugee youth, HIV+ and AIDS children, child victims of war, juvenile offenders, child laborers, victims of child trafficking, ethnic minorities, disadvantaged girls, and impoverished children.
A Variety of Projects
Below are listed some specific projects with which we could use your assistance. Please direct your assistance to the project(s) which most interest you.
Philippines: Super Typhoon Haiyan Devastates the Pacific Island Nation
The catastrophic devastation caused by super typhoon Haiyan resulted in a national state of calamity in the Philippines. A category 5 storm, this typhoon was one of the strongest storms in the world’s history. Millions have been affected (see statistics below) by being displaced from their homes, losing loved ones, or being separated from family members. According to the United Nations, “life-saving assistance is still urgently required” and of the funding requested, 61% is still unmet.
The Lasallian community is coming together to offer assistance to our fellow Brothers, associates, friends, families and the struggling people of the Philippines. The De La Salle Christian Brothers report considerable need for both (a) immediate support, in the form of food and water supplies, as well as (b) long-term support, for reconstruction in damaged classrooms.
Individuals and groups who wish to financially assist our schools and communities restore their operations can make a donation to La Salle International Foundation. One hundred percent of the funds collected will go towards educational, health and humanitarian relief for the Philippines.
Lasallians who are interested in a 3 minute prayer service (in Español and English) can click here for a YouTube visual presentation.
Below you will find the 28 November statistical snapshot issued by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The term IDP refers to Internally Displaced Persons.
Burkina Faso: Agricultural Training Empowers Families
Project CLIMA in Beregadougou, Burkina Faso, is a successful agricultural training center of the De La Salle Christian Brothers for young families. The goal of the project is to train 24 families of farmers (with wives and children) how to farm productively, utilize the most modern techniques, and become financially self-sufficient. The program admits married couples between 22 and 35 years of age who have farms of their own and who wish to spend two years training of agricultural training at the CLIMA. This agricultural project is modeled on a successful TAMI Project in northern Togo. CLIMA involves 60 hectares of land on the main farm and 100 hectares at a satellite location 12 km away.
There are three workshops on the property: carpentry, mechanics, and clothing (sewing). The property also has a stable for 6 steer, a chicken coup, 2 classrooms, living space for teachers, a store room, and a garage for farm equipment. A former set of aquaculture ponds exist on the property and some of them are being used currently for rice production. Both men and women receive instruction in how to manage a farm.
CLIMA has recently been evauated by INADES, an African independent organization specializing in agricultural development which rated the program highly and complimented its efforts to provide agricultural capacity to the savannah region.
Because the families come with their children, there is need to have a child care center for the youngsters. Mothers assist with this and keep the kids busy inside with some instruction and outside playing on the grounds. At this point, there are 34 children on the grounds; only four go to school at the public school. Two full time child care women oversee this child care center.
Upon graduation, both the men and the women have the capacity to be self-sufficient and to provide knowledgeable assistance to other families in their local areas.
The CLIMA center is in need of funds to expand its programs to other capable young couples that would like to take advantage of the program. Your support for this program can be offered through the Donate Here button above.
Children and Youth At Risk
In 37 countries around the world, children and youth at risk projects care for the marginalized in society. From educationally excluded children to disadvantaged girls. From street children and orphans to victims of child abuse. From drug-addicted youth to children with HIV/AIDS. The De La Salle Brothers have programs which care for the less fortunate in society and La Salle International helps to sponsor them.
In the global realm of youth and child neglect, our solutions are local. On the ground in needy areas we are helping to assist victims of child labor, victims of child trafficking and child victims of war. We help to fund migrant and refugee children, those who are disabled and children with a mental illness.
Our 295 programs around the world together total more than $132 million USD each year. Through the support of contributing agencies and individuals, La Salle International helps to meet the needs of neglected children.
For more information about these programs, or interest in one of our facilities in a given country, contact La Salle International. Featuring a number of our programs from around the world, a brochure of our children and youth at risk programs outlines where we offer our services within individual countries. Printed copies of the brochure are available upon request from La Salle International.