WE International exists to address poverty and injustice issues in the developing world by giving hope to people who live in difficult, if not desperate, situations through empowering and sustainable programs. We are united in our mission by using a relational approach in how we work together and how we implement transformational development.
For individuals, families, and communities to be transformed physically, economically, and spiritually.
WE International provides economic, spiritual, and educational support to communities in developing countries while respecting the dignity and preserving the integrity of each individual and his or her culture.
Why it is called “WE” International
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, “ubuntu” speaks of 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 together.
We define ourselves with certain values that create a supportive, collaborative environment.
WE respect each other. Each person, whether a volunteer, intern, staff or a former victim of poverty or injustice, is a unique individual in unique circumstances who deserves respect.
WE don’t give charity. WE empower. WE share the conviction that where you live should not determine whether you live. It’s not about pity or handouts, but about giving dignity and seeing the restoration of basic human rights.
WE walk in humility. To walk in humility is a great goal and is one way to honor those we work with and those we serve. WE strive to maintain this quality as individuals and as a global community.
WE love a good idea. A good idea is a good idea, regardless of the source.
WE take risks. We balance the philosophy of “jump first, fear later” with the understanding that deliberate decisions and strategic planning are essential to creating lasting change. We believe that nothing is impossible if we work hard enough and approach the problem correctly.
WE are committed to excellence and authenticity. We do everything with integrity, and we will not cut corners or settle for “good enough” in our programs or our business operations.
WE are united as staff. Our staff comes from diverse backgrounds, but we are all fundamentally driven by our determination to make a difference in the world. We trust our model and we trust each other.
WE have fun. Life is short! Let’s be committed to having fun while we seek to improve each other’s lives.
WE love people. We are committed to loving each other well and those we serve. Love covers, love builds, love transforms!