Overseas Partnerships

Overseas Partnerships are an exciting way for Conferences in NSW to become involved in providing much-needed assistance to communities living in neighbouring countries who don't enjoy the same standard of living we do in Australia. There are three types of overseas partnerships: Twinning, Assist a Student, and emergency relief.

What is Twinning?

What is Twinning?

Twinning refers to the supportive one-to-one partnership between a St Vincent de Paul Society council or Conference in Australia and one in an overseas partner country, according to Council General International guidelines. 

Twinning consists of Australian partners sharing: 

  • Spirituality through prayer 
  • Solidarity through communication  
  • Material support through sharing a basic quarterly, monetary contribution and an optional grant at Easter and Christmas time 
  • Optional support of overseas partner developed community development projects. 

At the end of the financial year (FY) 2022-2023, there were 1,874 twinning relationships between Australian and Overseas Conferences and Councils in Cambodia, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Kiribati, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

Through the twinning partnership, impoverished nations are afforded the opportunity to achieve a greater level of independence through our contact which reflects the St Vincent de Paul Mission Statement- “to serve the poor with love, respect, justice, hope and joy. The quarterly donations allow them to contribute to their Good Works material needs.

What is Assist a Student?

Education is the key to enabling an individual to support themselves, their families and their communities to achieve a more just and sustainable lifestyle in the future.

The Assist a Student program provides the funding for education sponsorship to train and educate a student in one of our South East Asian partner countries for one year. 

Throughout our partner countries, local St Vincent de Paul Society members select students from families in need to be supported by the program. They receive the Assist A Student funds for one year and the money donated contributes to their education needs. 

Click on the Assist A Student brochure, which includes a donation form for those who wish to make a financial contribution.

In 2020, the program supported 2,400 students in Cambodia, Indonesia, Kiribati, Myanmar, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

What are Projects?

Australian Conferences may, from time to time receive a project application request from their twinned Conference. These projects generally are under $2,000AUD.

Projects may include cow and goat banks, water systems, tailoring and other small livelihood programs. Projects may also be received that are developmental. These developmental projects provide technical skills through education and training, or support small enterprises in areas such as garment making, fishing, and food production through farming.

The objective of projects is to contribute to break the cycle of disadvantage. We do this by providing economic resources so people in impoverish countries have opportunities to thrive. In these projects, we are exposed to the richness of faith, humility and hope of our twinned Vincentians. We also gain significantly by the extension of the Society in Australia.

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