LVIA - ASSOCIAZIONE INTERNAZIONALE VOLONTARI LAICI
LVIA is an Italian organization working to create solidarity and international cooperation. We've been in operation since 1966 with the aim of fighting social inequality, food insecurity and poverty, as well as operating concretely for peace and human development. We have 40 volunteers and 150 local experts in 10 African countries, where we work with local partners to grant access to water and the right to health, as well as to strengthen agriculture and livestock farming, support vocational training, enhance craft skills and local enterprises, and improve the urban and rural environment. We promote cooperation and a spirit of solidarity between Italian local communities and those of the countries in which we work in order to establish growing integration among peoples and cultures of the world. We offer concrete training opportunities both to the northern and southern hemispheres of the world, involving people in our projects so as to develop an active and responsible citizenship. We are founders and members of the FOCSIV (Volunteers in the World) and the Italian NGOs Association. We are also part of the national platforms in the countries where we work. In 2006, we became associated members of the Italian Institute for Donation and have been awarded the certificate of Excellence in Ethics and Management.