Livelihoods, Skills Training and Wellbeing

We support organisations that seek to enable communities to access sustainable livelihoods, skills training and promote wellbeing amongst marginalised communities in Colombia, India, Indonesia and Peru.

Providing opportunities for skills training in marginalised communities plays a vital part in developing sustainable livelihoods and in people being able to provide for the basic needs of their families. We seek to work with organisations that deliver programmes and provide resources people need to access independent dignified livelihoods, reduce their vulnerability and provide a sustainable means by which to support themselves.

In working to ensure the wellbeing of vulnerable communities, The Ashmore Foundation endeavours to provide children and young people with a safe environment in which they can grow and focus on their education, empowering them to reduce their vulnerability to factors such as poverty, violence and trafficking. We also seek to work with organisations that defend the rights of children and young people and provide support to those from marginalised communities as they enter mainstream society.

Our approach aims to equip people with skills and opportunities to enable them to become self-sufficient and not rely on external assistance. To this end, we support organisations focused on enduring support that lasts long beyond a projects’ end.

Current Grant Partners

Aangan Trust

The Foundation first worked with Aangan Trust in 2012 and has since provided funding for both project-based work and in response to emergencies. The Ashmore Foundation is currently supporting a project to establish child safety hubs in the North 24 Parganas District in West Bengal, with an expected outcome of 3,200 children benefitting from this work.

Children Change Colombia (CCC)

The Foundation has supported CCC previously through their partnerships with organisations in Colombia supporting vulnerable children and young people. The current 12 month project in partnership with local organisation Tiempo de Juego in Bogotá, aims to address the lack of psychosocial support for young people leaving detention centres by equipping them with socio-emotional skills, confidence, knowledge and the support networks they require in order to build a safe, crime and drug-free future for themselves in society.

Fundación las Golondrinas

Fundación las Golondrinas was established 25 years ago in Llanaditas, Medellin, to improve the quality of life, development and economic opportunities as well as to support social transformation for communities. To help address high unemployment in the community, Fundación las Golondrinas are establishing a centre for technical training and entrepreneurship where they will develop and deliver four skills training programmes, set up job placements with local companies and support students to set up and grow their own small businesses.

Lend a Hand India (LAHI)

LAHI aim to contribute to the acceleration of India’s development through education and skills development. By partnering with grassroots non-profit organisations, community groups and local governments LAHI create better access to education, vocational training, career development, employment and entrepreneurial pathways. Project Pathways is the latest project supported by the Foundation, which will help students gain practical experience before entering the employment market by completing internship programmes with local businesses aiming to increase post-education employability.

Salva Terra

Salva Terra support food security and livelihood development of rural smallholder farmers and their families north east of Medellin, Colombia by developing agricultural skills and raising awareness on environmental conservation. This project works through rural education centres and local schools to provide skills, expertise and tools for schools and communities to establish their own orchards (plantations) in which they will grow fruit and vegetables. In addition, Salva Terra provides training on nutrition so families can relearn all the elements needed for a balanced diet.

Unltd Indonesia

Unltd. Indonesia provide financial assistance to social enterprises across Indonesia. They do this through an incubation programme where they work with early stage enterprises to help them develop their business models and put in place the strategies and structures necessary to grow the organisation. Alongside this they provide the most promising organisations with short term loans for working capital and introduce social enterprises to potential investors and donors. Unltd. Indonesia are also engaged in developing the social enterprise eco-system across the country and Southeast Asia region.

Voice of the Free

Established in 1991, Voice of the Free works to address modern day slavery and works with victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation. For the last 26 years, Voice of the Free has been at the forefront of action against human trafficking and child labour in the Philippines. Through partnerships with government, Voice of the Free has rescued and sheltered almost 20,000 survivors and at risk young girls. Support from the Ashmore Foundation will enable them to continue operations rescuing survivors and providing them with comprehensive support, as well as pursuing legal action against abusers and perpetrators.