Faith in Families Foundation is a Charitable Trust that established under a Trust Deed in 16 July 2010 by its founding Trustees Messrs. Fred Astle, William Tangariki and Karl Quirino. The Foundation was formally registered as a charitable organisa-tion by the Charities Commission in 30 July 2010. Its Charities Commission Number is: CC44911.
In having established this Foundation the trustees now bring together under one roof their collective experience of over 25 years in public service, health, education, workforce, professional development and ICT. Our work with whānau and building ICT capabilities in the northern region have afforded us the ability to understand the limitations and demands placed on whānau regardless of where they may fit on the socio-economic spectrum.
We have seen firsthand from our experience of the challenges whānau are inundated with regards to accessing and communicating with services recruited at various levels to assisting with their needs. The challenges whānau are con-fronted with are also evident within the workforce. Questions regarding staff access to high quality and tailored made tools to assist service delivery has been prevalent in the public sector.
Therefore, the Foundation’s purposes and long-term objectives are to provide a range of services for individuals, community development-related organisations, practitioners and groups situated principally in New Zealand with a range of needs that facilitate and promote continual community development and growth in a sustainable manner, particularly in the following areas:
- Developing strong and inclusive communities;
- Supporting families, children and young people;
- Building strong and resilient whānau, hapu and iwi;
- Empowering vulnerable organisations serving disadvantaged people; and,
- Supporting organisations working with high-need, low-support popula-tions.
SOCIETAL PROBLEMS STILL PERSIST
However, its current focus is to develop, provide and promote a range of online information, communication and technology capabilities using connectivity provi-ded by the Internet and new Web-based tools and techniques designed to serve, assist and encourage these organisations, communities and their stake-holders to grow together sustainably.
What drives this focus is a realisation that, here in New Zealand, the majority of these organisations working on the ground still employs 19th Century tools to address 21st Century problems and challenges. To a large extent, this explains why individuals in our communities – the very people who need the most help, are not being better served and why a large swath of societal problems still persists.
In order to be able help other community-based organisations work more sus-tainably in the dynamic environments they face at the community level, regardless of whether they are focused on health, education, employment, etc., Faith in Families Foundation must necessarily first address itself building up its own core internal capacities and capabilities using ICT as the driver going forward.
This enunciated objective, one among others found in its own set of Trust Deed purposes, has now become its first order of business.