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Philippines: Community Capacity Building

A community member shows off herbal tea produced in Pandong Bato.

A community member shows off herbal
tea produced in Pandong Bato.
ABM/Julianne Stewart 2013

ABM and its two partners in the Philippines continue to focus on strengthening and building community capacity through the assets-based community development (ABCD) approach. ABCD looks at community strengths and builds on these to help lift households out of poverty. Nineteen (19) new communities were included in this project in 2014 and more than half of them were communities devastated by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in November 2013.

Every new community undergoes a process of consultation, discussing a common history, common goals and vision. Community members identify resources already available to them and think of possible economic activities based on these resources. This project trains community members in the preparation of feasibility studies and choosing a specific economic activity.

Your support of this project will empower communities to work together to solve problems and change their lives for the better.

How your tax-deductible donation will help:

  • AU$50 is the approximate cost of training one community volunteer for the whole year, working alongside the development staff gathering data, coordinating meetings and leading project activities
  • AU$137.50 covers one community training

PH001IF – Community Capacity Building needs $110,000 in 2015

This project receives partial funding from the Australian Government. This project receives partial funding from the Australian Government.




You can make an online donation to this project by selecting Philippines: Community Capacity Building from the full project list.

Alternatively, for donations by cheque/money order (made out to the Anglican Board of Mission – Australia), telephone or email, view contact details here. Please don’t forget to include the project name and/or code with your payment details.


Asset Based Community Development

The inspiring and thought provoking story of a community in the Philippines that sent back the money for their water project when they decided they could raise the money themselves. This video explores the concept of Asset Based Community Development, which emphasises the strengths and existing assets of communities rather than the needs.