Across the world there are millions of people in desperate need of social, physical and
spiritual transformation. WorldShare partners with local Christian organisations who are
working in the neediest parts of the world, in places where there is no safety net for the
outcast and forgotten. Marginalisation can be due to many factors, including disability and
medical needs, age, sexual abuse, ethnic background or marital status. For these people,
marginalisation doesn’t just mean living on the fringes - it can mean no medical care,
no chance of education, no protection from abuse and exploitation… and no hope.
During his time on earth, our Lord Jesus Christ sought out the outcast and forgotten
- and he loved them. So do our Ministry Partners.
Currently, WorldShare has 11 direct partnerships with local Christian organisations in
7 countries throughout East Africa and Asia.Through our global alliance network
we are partnering with 161 organisations in 56 countries.
The 61 million inhabitants comprising 250 ethnic groups speaking 700 local languages endure one of the world's lowest living standards. War, government corruption, neglected public services and depressed copper and coffee markets are contributing factors, making basic education and health care out of reach for many.
Although racing ahead economically there are still gross inequities apparent throughout the country. The boom has enriched a consumer class of about 50 million people, but about 880 million still live on less than $US2 a day. At least 46% of children up to the age of 3 still suffer malnutrition and India is home to one third of the world's malnourished children.
Australia's neighbour is home to 222 million people scattered through an archipelago of more than 17,000 islands. Indonesia is the world's fourth most populous nation and the world's largest Islamic although secular state. The majority of the poor live in rural areas.
The Philippines, in southeastern Asia, consists of 7,107 islands. The government is still struggling to draw its people out of poverty, and urban poverty, such as is seen in the slums of Manila, is on the rise.
Uganda is home to 27 million people. The country was prosperous at independence in 1962, but was brutalised under the chaotic regimes of Milton Obote and Idi Amin. In that period, up to 800,000 Ugandans were murdered. With over 1.5 million people living with HIV, the prevalence of HIV in Uganda is a major concern. This is a primary cause for the fact that today, there are more than 2.5 million orphans in Uganda.