Our Operations


"I exist because you exist. I matter because you matter. I am because we are."

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Our Founder

 

Hear our founder speak:

Dr Maithri Goonetilleke’s TedX Melbourne Talk The Art of Dreaming  
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Learn more about our Founder, by buying his book, a collection of stories from Swaziland, at our Shop

 

Our Operations

Possible Dreams International prides itself on being lead by Swazis for Swazis. Our organisation is made up of the Swaziland Field Team, International Executive Board, Fundraising Committee and our extensive community of supporters.

  • The Swazi Field Team directs the operations of our organisation, and is based in Siteki, a rural village in Swaziland. Our team is made up of an experienced and passionate group of Swazis, who are dedicated to making a difference in the communities that they love and grew up in.
  • The International Executive Board is made up of a diverse group of people who coordinate the overall governance and strategic direction of the organisation.  We ensure the financial and ethical integrity of the organisation.
  • Our fundraising committee and network of supporters make Possible Dreams International possible. We bring a range of skills to the organisation to help fundraise, and share the dream of our organisation.

The Swazi Field Team team takes in referrals from local community leaders, social workers and the local Siteki hospital, and also receive a number of self-referrals. We assess each referral carefully, looking at the whole picture of the client’s situation in order to identify their needs, strengths and goals.

We aim to help our clients through the model of Aid, Sustainability and Dignity. Read more about projects in this model. We support clients with their immediate needs for the short term, while working with them to develop and implement a long-term sustainable solution.

Whatever we do, our primary purpose is to respect and uphold the dignity of our clients.

Child Protection

How do we protect the rights of the child in the communities we work with? 

Before we use any photo, whether for an adult or child, we seek consent from the individual/s.

Environmental Sustainability

What environmental impacts do we consider with our current projects?

Due to the topography of the area and the existing weather patterns in the Lubombo region, we make an effort to harvest rainwater through the installation of Water Tanks whenever PDI builds a house. 

At the soup kitchen, we installed a drip irrigation system and for cooking, only dead and dry wood is used for fire making. This is in line with the Environmental laws of the country with regard to cutting of trees.

Part of a Global Movement

In 2015, the world committed to global sustainable development goals. PDI is part of this movement focused on the people of Swaziland, contributing to achieving the following goals by 2030:

  • Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere

  • Goal 2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
  • Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  • Goal 4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  • Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls 
  • Goal 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
  • Goal 8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all 
  • Goal 16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

Read more about them here at the UN website Sustainable Development Goals

 

Our Financials

We believe that every donation we receive should be spent preciously. We are proud to report that over 95% of every cent we receive goes directly to helping our clients in Swaziland.

Our international community, including the Executive Board and the Fundraising Committee, are volunteers. The only paid members of our organisation are the Swaziland Field Team.