Motivation Australia

Building children’s wheelchair services in Fiji
Motivation Australia (MA) was founded in 2007 with the mission is to enable people with disabilities to be healthy and mobile, access assistive technology (such as wheelchairs, prosthetics, vision and hearing aids), and achieve full and equal inclusion. They work primarily with local organisations in the Pacific Region.

They work with local Government and non-Government organisations to help build services that can provide and sustain basic rehabilitation and provision of assistive technology for people with disabilities, people with disabling health conditions (such as diabetes) and those who are ageing. MA staff work alongside national personnel to advocate for services, provide quality training for personnel, plan and implement practical solutions and build local capacity.

Motivation Australia’s ANCP accreditation also means that for every $1.00 raised from the Australian Public (including funds such as UCF) and spent on our international development projects, the ANCP provide $5.00. This means that a grant from UCF of $2,000 realises $10,000 project funding from the Australian Government.

Motivation Australia applied to UCF for a $2,000 grant ton increase children’s access to quality wheelchairs through local services in Fiji. 

There is a large unmet need for children’s wheelchairs in Fiji. The absence of established children’s wheelchair services results in children with a mobility disability being denied access to school and other activities accessed by their non-disabled peers. The solution is not to just ship and donate wheelchairs; but rather to create a sustainable, affordable system that ensures long term access to appropriate  wheelchairs provided by qualified Fiji staff.

Their objectives are:

  • Train 22 national personnel (physiotherapists, community rehabilitation assistants and technicians) from four sites in the skills needed to assess the needs of children with a mobility disability;
  • prescribe and fit the most appropriate wheelchair for each child;
  • provide training for the child, parents and teachers in how to use the wheelchair safely; and
  • provide follow up to make sure the wheelchair continues to meet the child’s needs.


Partners In Aid

Sinangpad Healthy Village Project (Philippines) – 70 sanitary household toilets
Partners in Aid (PIA) is a non-profit organization established in Melbourne in 1962 which seeks to improve the living standards of people in vulnerable communities in developing countries. To this end, it has developed long-standing relationships, based on mutual respect, with partner organizations in India, Bangladesh and the Philippines.

Symbiosis International (Bangladesh)

Village Vision 2018
The work of Symbiosis in Bangladesh is carried out under the overall management and oversight of Symbiosis International, an NGO registered in Australia and based in Brisbane, Queensland.

Village Vision 2018 will be conducted as part of Symbiosis Primary Eye Care Service (SPECS), the aim of which is: Supporting sustainable development by reducing low vision and blindness with a focus on primary eye care, eye health education and training of skilled eye care personnel.

The Hands Of Rescue (THOR)

Safe Motherhood Programme – Papua New Guinea (PNG)
PNG is one of the worst countries in the world for recorded maternal deaths.

1 in 30 women will die in childbirth in PNG compared with 1 in 10,000 in Australia. About 1 in 10 women in PNG will have a problem delivering a baby, sometimes minor and sometimes major. If they get into difficulty in a remote village they may not survive the problems.

Hopes and Dreams

Economic Empowerment – women’s self-help groups (South Africa)
Hopes and Dreams exists solely for the direct relief of poverty and began their first project in 2010. They are passionately committed to making a difference to the lives of the poor and desperate people living in the remote and rural parts of Africa and India.

International China Concern (ICC)

Community Outreach – Changsha city, China
Although China is experiencing rapid economic growth there remains a deficit in social welfare for the disadvantaged, especially the disabled. Hundreds of thousands of babies and children with disabilities continue to be abandoned each year.

ICC believes that WHERE a child lives should not dictate IF that child lives.

Specialized training for Chinese nationals working in social welfare is limited and many have little or no understanding of how to care for those with special needs. This leads to high child mortality rates. In many state-run orphanages

Sepheo Foundation (Lesotho)

School Fence Costs
Josh and Belinda Groves (Australians) founded Sepheo in 2013 in response to the needs of children on the streets in Lesotho, Southern Africa. Prior to this, Belinda spent 18 months on the streets understanding root causes and building relationships with children there.

Sepheo is the first point-of-call for children on the streets,

Symbiosis International

Village Vision 2017 (cataract surgery)
For almost 22 years, Symbiosis has been helping poor and marginalised people in Bangladesh overcome poverty, principally in rural areas. They do this through empowerment-based grassroots community development, centred on self-help group formation, adult literacy and peer savings (for income generation activities). The empowerment of women is a key focus.

Hopes and Dreams Inc

Economic Empowerment – women’s self-help groups (South Africa)
Hopes and Dreams (registered in Australia in 2008) is dedicated to delivering self-sustaining, poverty breaking solutions in Africa and India where they focus on two areas:

• bringing clean and safe water to communities, and