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  • How do we feel when we see the drawing?


    Do we look at it? What does it make us want to do? Do we feel close to these children? Both of them? Or do we give one of them priority? What can we tell them?


The 2 main objectives: 1. Improvement of material, health, educational, cultural, sporting and spiritual conditions, environmental protection, support for research and volunteering, worldwide, in order to promote the balanced and comprehensive development of the population and progress towards fraternity among all human beings. (STATUTES of the AISBL ODNs, art. 3). 2. The citizens' commitment regarding problems of poverty, encouraging greater civic awareness to gradually achieve international solidarity with marginalised populations suffering from extreme poverty.

Both objectives are interrelated and the actions of an International Non-profit making Association (AISBL) are international.

The active members of the AISBL ODNs are volunteers.

The Aisbl ODNs participates every year in a Project Commission to share assessments, accept new projects with clearly established criteria and, finally, to share them out among the different ODNs.

The minimum criteria are as follows.

- Simple and direct contacts with partners.
- Real participation of the population in the identification and implementation of the project.
- Stable and reliable structure, with sufficient management capacity to establish processes and achieve maximum efficiency.
- Availability to collaborate with local institutions.

Each project is visited and commitment is reciprocal.

Each ODN can also be directly related to a partner and develop projects based on the competence of its members.

Our partners are local communities of which at least one member of ODNs knows the city or town, as well as the project leader.

It provides greater assurance regarding the use of funds, although it is difficult to receive reports, as Internet communications in very poor regions are bad and the post is unreliable.

Without counting weather events, droughts, floods... that immediately destroy all the progress made regarding family food security...


Our relationships and our assistance are essential to avoid the despondency of the population and small local communities, including young nuns of the Company, present in these communities.

Every year we meet with the Company's International Solidarity Foundation, which is based in Donostia-San Sebastian (Spain). It is the oldest and essentially seeks public subsidies.

ODNs also organises 2 annual meetings (one of which is the General Assembly) to balance and coordinate its international activities.