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.


Dress for Success Adelaide

Skills to Succeed Academy
Dress For Success Adelaide were the recipient of a $2000 grant in 2015 when they first opened their doors to clients. That grant was instrumental in providing job seekers with sales and POS skills which has ultimately assisted them into various field of employment.

Dress For Success Adelaide have been a resounding force for good by any measure  and they report-
In 2016/2017 Dress for Success Adelaide served 359 women taking the total of women served by our affiliate to 586. Of the 586 women equipped with employable skills 265 were successful in gaining employment – a result of 45%. We conducted 810 Career Support Program appointments, provided 2,754 pieces of clothing and accessories to the value of $34,770 to 526 clients (NB: not all clients need to access clothing for interview or employment suiting).

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.

Zahra Foundation Australia

“Pathways to Empowerment” programme
Zahra Foundation Australia currently run a 9-week “Pathways to Empowerment” programme which supports women with financial literacy, computer literacy and developing a learning plan. All women accessing the programme have been or are currently experiencing domestic violence and are socially isolated and financially disadvantaged as a result.

In 2 Life

Training Online Support for Youth Suicide Intervention – Adelaide
Established in 2001, In2Life began as an organisation to assist in the aid of at-risk youth throughout Australia.

Originally it successfully established relationships in communities throughout Australia through the RUSH Youth Mentoring programme involving secondary schools, local police, churches, local members of government and locally based volunteers and families.

In recent years however in2Life has re-evolved and its modern face was born out of the development of technology and social media. The Coming Together to Prevent Youth Suicide Facebook page was begun by two students recognising the need for a supportive community for those in trouble.

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

Mission for African Mothers (MAM)

Rural Youth Reproductive and Sexual Health Education Campaign (Uganda)
In October 2014, UCF awarded a small grant of $2,000 AUD to Mission for African Mothers (MAM) to run this project in Olio sub-county. You can read about that first grant here.

The aim of this project is to use a youth-to-youth based approach as a means of creating awareness among the rural youth on sexual and reproductive services, information and rights.

Enterprise Development & Governance Facility (EDGF Cameroon)

Rural Women Micro Enterprise Cooperative Development
When EDGF went to construct a safe drinking water project in Ntungfe, they met with the village desperate and marginalised poor, who do not have access to financial services, and so depend on men in the community for supplies. Women are typically viewed in the community as farm hands. The women had created a potato cooperative as a link to their farming activities. This project aims at empowering the women to achieved their long desired goal of improved livelihoods.

Dress for Success Adelaide

Professional Retail and Customer Service Training Programme
The mission of Dress for Success Adelaide is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing them with professional attire, a network of support and career development tools to help them thrive in work and life.

Dress for Success is part of a global movement for change, empowering women to obtain safer and better futures. From its inception in 1997 there are now 140 Dress for Success affiliates in 19 countries which have served over 850,000 disadvantaged women with professional attire and career support.