The African Sub-Sahara International Development Agency (ASSIDA) is an international humanitarian agency and a registered charitable institution in Australia. It was established in 2013 by members of the African Sub-Saharan region living in Australia.
It is registered by ASIC as a non-profit, non-political and non–religious public company. It is also registered by CNAC as a charitable benevolent institution.
We believe that ASSIDA plays a vital humanitarian role in Australia as well as in the targeted countries of the Sub-Saharan region of Africa by assisting those in desperate need.
ASSIDA serves as an African Australian network and a bridge between African humanitarian agencies and Australian government and non-government agencies. We are focusing on promoting relationships as well as promoting partnerships with local and international agencies striving to work with members of the African communities locally,regionally and internationally.
ASSIDA members come from diverse African countries including South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, as well as Australia. They are dedicated people and are able to reach the most vulnerable and needy people at a grass-roots level. The organisation strives and focuses on building the capacity of migrants and refugees in Australia, the local rural population in targeted African countries destroyed by the wars. Our long-term vision is to work and assist vulnerable populations at all levels of the community from local, to regional and from regional to international.
The principal objects of ASSIDA is to establish and promote a united humanitarian voice of African Australians for provision of assistance to those in desperate need by:
- Improving the quality of life for Sub-Saharan African Australians living within Australia and overseas.
- Assisting in the alleviation of poverty and suffering amongst victims of war from the countries of Sub-Saharan Africa.
- Assisting vulnerable Sub-Saharan Africa community members and victims of war to settle effectively in Australia and overcome issues of isolation and destitution.
- Receiving funds and distributing them in a manner that best meets the objects of ASSIDA
- Provide direct ancillary services in support of the objectives including training, conferences, seminars and workshops.
- Pursuing charitable purposes only and applying income in promoting those purposes.
We have 123 children and 71 registered women whom are vulnerable victims of the Congo war of 1996- 2013. We support children with costs of education and assist non-educated women to learn how to read and write through our volunteer educators. We are intending to extend those programs but due our limited financial resources cannot commit to this endeavour at the moment. Our main beneficiaries include:
- Primary & secondary school orphan children
- School drop-outs and street children
- Girls who have experienced early pregnancy
- Children living with HIV/AIDS
- Poor and marginalised rural widow
- Unemployed young children
where we work
We are an Australian organisation based in Australia, across two states; New South Wales and South Australia. Our new branch in Manchester, England was established to help extend our voice and encourage further support. Our main focus is on the Democratic Republic of Congo, however, we also extend Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Sudan.