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Real people.
Real stories.
Real changes.

We believe in the power of people. We employ a people-centered approach to development, and believe in volunteerism as a force for social change.

Follow the adventures of our volunteers as they work around the world to create lasting change. See how we are changing the world, one volunteer at a time.

Put yourself in the picture. To find out more about volunteering, get in touch.

Focus Areas
Cuso International’s work is driven by authentic engagement with and accountability to the people and communities involved. Our three focus areas are:
Community

At Cuso International, we believe that in order for communities to thrive, children need to be protected, and men and women must enjoy the same human rights and be given the same opportunities to participate in decisions that affect their lives.

Priorities include:

  • Access to justice
  • Gender equality
  • Accountability and Transparency
  • Citizen participation
  • Governance
Health

Healthy people are better able to work, learn, take care of their families and participate in their community’s development. But access to health care remains a challenge for people living in poverty and in remote communities, or those excluded because of race, gender or class. Cuso International volunteers and partners work together to improve access to basic services.

Priorities include:

  • Maternal, newborn and child health
  • Quality health services
  • Mental health programs
Livelihood

Men, women and children living in poverty are disproportionately affected by global economic challenges, such as food security and employment; ecological risks like climate change; and gender-based discrimination.

Through skilled volunteers and collaborative partnerships, Cuso International is working to help people and the communities in which they live become more self-sufficient and resilient.

Priorities include:

  • Education and Skills training to improve employability
  • Entrepreneurship support and Training
  • Sustainable aquaculture, agriculture and natural resource management, and climate change adaptation
  • Enterprise development and Financing