Our Charities

Disaster Aid Australia
Disaster Aid Australia, together with its valued partners around the world are committed to rebuilding shattered lives by delivering emergency shelter and sustainable water solutions to those who have lost everything in a natural or other disaster.

Disaster Aid Australia provides an innovative humanitarian aid package: one that provides those in need with a new start in family units within their community. The Family Survival Pack provides a family with the basic tools to rebuild their lives. All products contained in the box meet and exceed UN and Sphere standards and have innovative differences.

For ease of transport and manoeuvrability, the box has wheels and a handle. Its capacity is 190 litres, with the lid serving as a carpenter’s workbench with two 2”x4” saw grooves, and is completed with a tool holder.

Inside the box is a range of support items, most importantly, the Disaster Aid tent which is the largest humanitarian aid tent available. And best of all, it is inter-connectable. Simply, we can erect a four-classroom school for up to eighty school children; assist with a first aid tent; erect a community centre – the deliverables are many and varied dependent on the need of those we serve.

Filled with blankets, water containers, cooking utensils, a stove, pots, pans, children rucksacks (with books and pencils), mosquito nets and other useful items, our packs help rebuild broken lives.

The Disaster Aid Australia program is unique in that all donations are personally delivered by fully trained volunteer response team members. These volunteers not only give of their time but also ensure that survivors have the right to begin their lives over again with shelter and dignity.

Disaster Aid Australia’s mission is: “To provide and assist in delivering humanitarian aid, shelter and sustainable water systems to people affected by natural and other disasters.”

For further information about Disaster Aid Australia, visit: www.disasteraidaustralia.org.au

Project Seres

Project Seres is a for-benefit nonprofit Guatemalan Association that was founded in 2009. The organization is led by a dedicated, diverse and experienced team that comprises the Executive Director, Board of Directors and Advisory Committee and brings together local and international experience in sustainable development, personal empowerment, education, leadership and appropriate technology.

Their commitment is first and foremost to the communities, individuals, youth and children in the communities that they work in. Since inception, Project Seres have always held as the highest priority the need to listen to the unique set of challenges, needs and circumstances of each community.

At the heart of Project Seres is a clear goal: to help people to find solutions for themselves. Project Seres recognise that their primary role is as facilitators to help this process of discovery and empowerment. They believe it is only through this method of consultation that real, sustainable, and long-lasting changes can be achieved.

For more information visit www.projectseres.org


Vimba is a grass roots African charity established in 2007 and registered in the UK in 2008. Literally translated as ‘hope’ in Shona (Zimbabwe’s native language) Vimba is apolitical and purely focused on raising funds to assist designated projects throughout Zimbabwe, typically in the rural areas where the most vulnerable and destitute communities reside.

With the highest child mortality rate in the world, one in five children orphaned, and one of the shortest average life expectancies in the world, Zimbabwe is home to one of the greatest global humanitarian crises. Severe droughts, human rights violations and a lack of foreign investment and support have contributed to the escalating situation.

Vimba's goals and aims are to:

  • Build or restore existing feeding centres/crèches and classrooms, creating a safe environment
    where children can learn
  • Provide one nutritional meal a daily 
  • Provide access to clean water
  • Create sustainability by getting the community involved in the projects.

Background to Vimba’s Main Project of 2014/5

Mapere Primary School, where Vimba runs a centre, has been the main primary education facility for the surrounding farmlands in Concession. The plight of the residents in this area surrounding these farms has worsened over the years. By uplifting the standard of education of the children in this area, Vimba will give these children the opportunity to gain skills that will empower them beyond their families’ current socioeconomic status.

The benefits of the learning centre are immense and will put Mapere Primary School at the forefront of a vision that Vimba has for education in Zimbabwe. The improved facilities as well as the addition of the learning centre will give an opportunity for the school to improve on their current pass rates for the Grade 7 exams. During the construction and planning stages of this project, Vimba has a representative living in the area and overseeing the project. This person is required to send photographs and reports on a weekly basis so that Vimba and any prospective donors can monitor the progress of this exciting project.

Vimba is run by a team of volunteers, both in Zimbabwe and in England. Vimba volunteers all have full time jobs and run Vimba, as their second job, pro bono. As a result, over 90% of funds raised directly benefit Vimba sponsored centres and projects, with the balance spent on Vimba marketing. 

Find out more about Vimba at http://www.vimba.co.uk/

AFAP Action on Poverty

AFAP Action on Poverty is an independent, secular, not-for-profit Australian non-government organisation that was founded in 1968. AFAP is a membership-based aid organisation that takes Action on Poverty in Asia, Africa and the Pacific, primarily through a partnerships-based approach where they engage with in-country NGOs that have proven experience, skills and local understanding.

AFAP is fully-accredited with the Australian government, holds DGR-1 status, and is an authorised member of the Overseas Aid Gift Deduction Scheme (OAGDS), which enables donations to AFAP to be tax-deductible and for those donations to be transferred overseas. AFAP is also a member of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) and a signatory to its Code of Conduct, which guarantees good practice in terms of organisational integrity, transparency, and accountability.

AFAP take a rights-based approach to poverty reduction, believing that all people should be able to live with dignity and have their basic needs met. This approach means they work towards addressing the underlying causes of poverty: not only the direct effects of it.

Simply put – AFAP help people to help themselves.The NDY Charitable Trust is proud to support Australian NGO AFAP Action on Poverty in two projects aimed at alleviating poverty in some of the world’s most poor and vulnerable communities: Water and Sanitation in the Solomon Islands and the Small Livestock Pass-on Scheme in Malawi.

Water and Sanitation in the Solomon Islands


Over 700 people will gain access to clean water directly to their houses, improving their health and living conditions in Voza village.

Voza is a very remote coastal village on the northwestern fringes of the Solomon Islands. It takes hours to travel by boat from there to the nearest town. Voza has no reliable access to electricity or telecommunications, and very limited access to safe drinking water.

The villagers often have to walk long distances to collect water, including up and down steep and muddy hills. When they need to go to the toilet, they use the bush or the sea. Polluted drinking water gives rise to waterborne diseases, especially among children, and other health related problems. Children miss days of school due to sickness, and many young people have migrated to the capital, Honiara, in search of better living conditions. 

Unsurprisingly, safe water and sanitation has been identified by the local people as their greatest need.

In response, AFAP has partnered with the community, the local government, and local NGO the Solomon Islands Development Trust (SIDT) to build rainwater harvesting tanks that will bring clean water directly to Voza’s households. This initiative will draw upon contributions from the local people and government, including in labour, technical expertise, and locally available materials. However, it will also require materials like cement, plastic seals, mesh wire, roofing iron, and the tanks themselves to be sourced from Honiara.

The NDY Charitable Trust’s support is helping to build enough water tanks to service all of Voza village. These tanks will be placed within easy reach of households, from the beach to the hinterland. The elderly will no longer have to walk up and down the hillsides in the dark. Children will no longer miss school due to waterborne diseases and life will improve for this remote little island village. 

Small livestock pass-on scheme

Thousands of people will earn their own living as pig farmers in the poorest country in the world, Malawi, as part of the Small Live-stock Pass-on Scheme.

It’s a simple idea. AFAP and local NGO partner, Concern Universal Malawi, visit poor rural communities and ask for people who want to sign up for the scheme.  Priority is given to those who are particularly vulnerable such as single mothers, people with a disability or people who are HIV positive.

A  family is given a female pig and training on livestock management, pig pen construction and marketing. The pig is mated and when it sows, the family repays the scheme with two piglets and keeps the rest.

The piglets are then ‘passed-on’ to two other families in need, who each in return pay back the scheme with two piglets. Then four new families benefit – and so the scheme grows. It’s a sustainable piggy bank.


Families generate their own incomes through small-scale pig farming, selling piglets to markets and hiring out boars to stud. They are also using the manure as fertiliser for their crops, which is increasing their yields.

The Scheme has already seen hundreds of people improve their lives, using their extra income to feed their families, send their children to school and improve their homes.

The donations and support from the NDY Charitable Trust will expand this scheme and continue to make a real difference to the lives of thousands of families in this part of Africa.

Find out more about AFAP Action on Poverty: http://www.afap.org