PiCCA - What We Do


PiCCA chooses to fund projects that work in partnership with local communities overseas to support equity, opportunity, justice and peace and help address the root causes of the community’s identified needs in a sustainable way. We will consider a community’s identified needs across a broad range of areas, such as employment creation, capability development, micro-business development, construction of needed infrastructure, food security, improvement to health outcomes, empowerment of women or reconciliation between groups in conflict. Mostly our projects are one-off, but are  housed within a broader community plan.

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Kamrangirchor Composite Development Project in Bangladesh

Picca’s project in Bangladesh is based in Kamrangirchor, Dhaka. Kamrangirchor is a 5.5 square kilometre island over the river Buriganga, where 1.2 million people live in slum-like conditions. The environment here is scarred by factory residue, rubbish, waste and poor sanitation. The community suffers from high levels of unemployment, and where there is employment it is usually in under remunerated casual labour in factories, construction, rickshaw pulling or domestic service.

Economic pressures force many young people to abandon education in order to contribute to family income through their labour. This leads to ongoing low literacy rates and decreased opportunities to break the cycle of poverty and disadvantage.

PiCCA is partnering with the Symbiosis Foundation (SF) to facilitate the development of a community service hub in this area. The hub aims to enable the delivery of a range of much needed services to the community including pre-school education, vocational training, women’s self-help, health awareness (including nutrition, hygienic living and safe water), clinics in dental health, eye health, and antenatal, safe birthing and postnatal care.

PiCCA’s contribution is specifically targeted at the purchase of capital items, particularly health related capital items, to assist SF implement its broader strategy in the development of this hub.

Haku Agricultural Hub & Training Activity, Bougainville

PiCCA was awarded an Australian Aid Friendship Grant to work with the Hako Women’s Collective (HWC) to deliver an Agricultural Hub and Training Activity in the north of Buka Island in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.

The project is delivering training in modern agricultural methods and developing a rice mill to enhance sustainable food security, diversity, nutrition, yields and income for the community.

Women, young people and people with disability are the primary direct participants in the training but with 83 families so far engaged, it is envisaged the demonstration models developed will provide useful information and techniques for adoption across the whole community

Improving living quality for people with a disability in Vietnam

Our partners in Vietnam are Hearts for Hue, (H4H) a non-profit, non-religious organisation established in 2007 with a mission to “create real and lasting positive change for poor residents in Thua Thien – Hue Province, especially residents in resettlement areas”. 

The joint project between PiCCA and H4H is located in Vinh Phu approximately 30 kms from Hue City and is working with 50 families each of whom has at least one member with a disability.  

The project is working with each family to build chicken coops, to deliver training in chicken farming practices  and to initiate a viably sized and inoculated clutch of chickens from which each family can develop a small chicken farming operation. The engagement of the disabled members of the family is central to the project.

The idea is that this will enable the families to improve livelihoods and income generation for the entire family, and will provide an opportunity for the disabled members to be seen as productive and valued participants in family and community life. 

Village poultry for better livelihoods: vaccination training for farmers in the Congo

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, PiCCA is working with Kyeema and AusCongo to establish a program of improved health, production and vaccination of village poultry in a total of 250 households in ten village zones of Mbuji-Mayi.  

Kyeema is an Australian based not for profit with extensive experience in programs delivering improved chicken health outcomes for small village farmers in many isolated communities across Africa and Asia.  AusCongo is a volunteer organisation dedicated to community development projects that help the Congolese community in Mbuji-Mayi of the Democratic Republic of Congo to alleviate poverty, and to provide access to the socio-economic development.

This joint project is working in 10 villages to pilot a vaccination program to inoculate domestic chicken clutches against the devastating impact of Newcastle disease. Chicken farming forms the basis for food and income generation for many in this part of Africa but this is severely impacted by the 90% mortality rates that ravage the flock when Newcastle disease strikes. 

The project is working with local leaders, farmers, and stakeholders to develop an awareness of the disease, and is training a cohort of people skilled in inoculation to create a disease-free stock in a defined geographic area. 

Improving Services and Livelihoods program in Haku, Buka Island, Bougainville

PiCCA worked with the Hako Women’s Collective (HWC) in Buka Island in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, PNG.

In the first stage of its program PiCCA supported HWC to build a Community Centre (Luman Hipokoko), comprising a large meeting space suitable for community education, disability accessible toilets, a shower, kitchen and a canteen. PiCCA also provided in-kind support by connecting HWC with an Australian architect (Ms Amber Garde) who designed the Community Centre on a pro-bono basis. Both HWC and PiCCA were determined that the building work on Luman Hipakoko would benefit the local community. To that end, six young people aged 18 to 30 were recruited from across the different villages in Haku as trainees to learn building skills. The trainees were paid an allowance and received close supervision from local tradespeople. PiCCA collaborated with a Sydney-based church group (C3) who also provided some funds and builders’ pro-bono services.

Luman Hipakoko was officially opened on 4 November 2017 and is now being used to run health, education, disability, parenting, human rights and other programs. It also supports social enterprises such as catering, room hire and a shop, which provide employment, income and revenue for HWC. PiCCA continues to support HWC to develop activities aimed at improving the community’s social and economic circumstances.

Sustaining food and volunteers to support HIV/AIDS orphans in Eswatini (formerly Swaziland)

Our partner organisation for this project is AMICAALL (Alliance of Mayors’ Initiative for Community Action on AIDS at the Local Level) in Eswatini.

Eswatini has the highest prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the world with 27 percent of adults living with HIV. Consequently, there are thousands of orphans, most of whom are cared for by extended family. There is considerable strain on families who are supporting another child. AMICAALL (Eswatini’s response to AIDS at the local government level) hosts 49 Social Centres which provide at least one meal a day to approximately 4,000 orphaned and vulnerable children. The centres also provide early childhood care and development, psychosocial support, birth registration, child health and recreation services.

Currently, the social centres lack a reliable source of nutritious food to provide children their daily meal. Children stop attending the centres when food availability is not assured. In addition, the centres rely on volunteers to prepare meals and provide services.

This project has funded the development of a farm to grow maize and beans as well as assorted vegetables. This will improve the consistency and variety of the food available for the children and improve the nutritional value of their meals. It will also allow volunteers to be supported through food parcels.

The farm has been established and is successfully producing maize. Each harvest produces approximately 150 bags of maize which feed 400 children in some of the most needy areas. Plans are afoot to expand the area of land under production and to secure funds for irrigation. These steps will dramatically increase the capacity of the farm to feed more children.

Building a classroom in earthquake ravaged Nepal

PiCCA partnered with the Hilly Region Development Club in Nepal and the Australia Nepal Friendship Association to rebuild a classroom destroyed in Tawal village as a result of the massive earthquake in April 2015. The project involved building a multipurpose classroom for use as a computer room, a science lab and a community meeting room. The classroom was built by local tradesmen/builders, supported by local labourers, in accordance with the new Nepalese Government building code as it relates to earthquake resistant techniques.

The school is a hub which services villages in the Tawal area and educates 430 students from Nursery class to Grade 10. While building took place the students were accommodated in temporary classrooms consisting of bamboo matting walls with dirt floors, or tents. During the monsoon the conditions were extremely bad.

The new classroom now provides a safe environment conducive to learning. The classroom has been used by students since April 2018. In addition to building the classroom using earthquake resistant techniques, a gabion wall was being built above the school to protect it from future landslides. The school will be officially opened in February 2019.

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