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Short History

David-and-Tina David and Tina Lippiatt founded WE International in 2005 to create effective and sustainable solutions for people affected by poverty and injustice in developing countries around the world.

Their work has taken them to Algeria, Tanzania, the Phillipines and beyond. They have witnessed how the 1970’s Khmer Rouge genocide still affects communities in Southeast Asia today. They have listened as women, men and children told of the horrors of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. They have supported projects to get vital services in place for women affected by human trafficking in Uganda.

As founding directors of WE International, David and Tina believe much more can be done on the front end to fight global poverty and heal the ravages of injustice and violence. As a result, WE International takes a relational approach to transforming lives—providing dignity, strengthening human connections, and empowering communities.

The “WE” in our name is an inclusive word and refers to all of us working together to make a difference. In the Bantu language, spoken in southern Africa, there is the word “Ubuntu.” Translated, it speaks to an idea present in African spirituality that says, “I am, because we are.” That is, we are all connected—we cannot be ourselves without community, health, faith and lifetimes lived out among others.

That’s why WE International chose this inclusive and emphatic word with purpose. When you see our title, you’ll know that we believe this truth: WE are connected, WE can bring change, WE can bring hope and, together, WE can make a difference in the world.