WE BUILD THE FUTURE
FMSI supports the projects of the Marist Missions for the benefit of children and young people, especially those in a vulnerable and marginalised condition, with a special focus on those living in developing countries. The Foundation carries out interventions aimed at the development and protection of children and young people, concentrating mainly on pursuing the objective of guaranteeing equal access to quality education. To date, FMSI has operated in 67 countries, carrying out 456 interventions through development projects, emergency projects and projects for the defence of children’s rights.
Education for All
Equal access to quality education is the fundamental principle that forms the basis for improving people’s lives and fostering the sustainable development of societies involving social cohesion and inclusive economic growth. Projects in this area aim to achieve specific outcomes, such as increasing access to education, increasing literacy and attendance levels, especially for girls, ensure access to vocational training, increase the number of qualified teachers, to build or adapt school facilities to provide safe, non-violent and inclusive learning environments for all.
Advocacy & Child Rights
FMSI works to design and implement projects and initiatives to recognise, promote and guarantee the rights of children, particularly in contexts where they are denied access to and enjoyment of basic human rights: adequate health care, healthy and balanced nutrition, education and protection from violence. FMSI’s initiatives at the United Nations are aimed at building strong policy systems based on development strategies for children’s rights. FMSI also promotes initiatives in which children and young people are made aware of their rights, participate in situations that affect them, hold and defend civil, social, political, cultural and economic rights.
Emerging and Local Needs
New global challenges increase inequalities and generate new forms of poverty among children. Hunger and malnutrition, difficult access to basic services, discrimination and social exclusion, as well as lack of participation in decision-making processes, are just some of the challenges that affect the peripheries most, both geographically and existentially. The projects in this area are based on development strategies in favour of the most economically vulnerable people, are gender sensitive, and support actions against poverty, hunger, injustice, climate change, lack of access to services or adequate health systems.
Mission and Capacity Development
This area focuses on initiatives to strengthen the operational and governance capacities needed for effective strategic and project planning. FMSI strengthens the systems and processes in the countries and missions where it operates with training in governance, financial accountability, project cycle management, finance and administration, child protection and leadership. The aim of initiatives in this area is to increase the capacity to act on behalf of children with more effective actions.
Sustainable Economic Development
This area supports Sustainable Economic Development in Countries where projects are implemented, therefore, by making the community sustainable at a social level – avoiding inequalities and discrimination – at an economic level, and no less important at an environmental level. In this way, the development is such that it addresses current emergencies and prevents future ones.
Establishment of a new pre-school block and purchase of related equipment at Marist School in Manhiça (Mozambique)
Prevention of Covid-19 dissemination and children dropping out from school in the communities of Balaka and Likuni, Malawi.
Human rights enhancement through the United Nations (UN) Universal Periodic Review (UPR)
Equity of access to quality education for girls and disadvantaged children in Malawi
A Life with Dignity – Rights and Gender Equity for Indigenous Youth and Adolescents
Children’s and women’s rights in Bolivia: follow-up on the recommendations of UN bodies
Providing access to clean water at Saint Chanel school
Education and training for Santal children and marginalised people
A better place to grow and learn
Emergency in Syria – Health and food assistance to vulnerable families in Aleppo
A new hope for Hopeville – Educational programme for children and young people with disabilities
Moulovibazar Education Programme
Reconstruction of St Terezinha School, Quelicai District, East Timor.
Rebuilding the Marist Brothers Residence in Orore
Feeding Programme: Lycée Privé St. Vincent de Paul School, Betroka
SEEDS – Psycho-Social Support Programme
Access to computer skills and competences for children and young people in Koumra
Strengthening of safeguarding knowledge and systems across the Marist schools in Madagascar
Training Course on Project Cycle Management – Entry Level
Training Course on Project Cycle Management – Intermediate Level
“Equity of access to clean water, sanitation and quality education for the pupils of the Saint Charles Primary School in Fianarantsoa”
A new hope for the future
“Heart without borders”: reducing school drop-out rates through the promotion of integral development
Improving the education of Santali girls and boys through study centers and promoting gender equality.
Corazón Sin Fronteras Maicao – “Computer Classroom”
School Feeding Program at the École Mariste de Champagnat in Jeremie, Haiti
HOW TO PRESENT A PROJECT
FMSI is willing to promote projects of the Marist Missions that involve local communities with an approach that integrates economic, social and environmental sustainability. FMSI will pay particular attention to those projects that:
- Intervene in areas where the needs are most urgent in favor of the rights of people in a vulnerable and marginalized condition.
- generate impact and long lasting results.
- provide new educational models based on community involvement.
- are in line with the new Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the United Nations.