"The latest data suggests that the top 10% of the population in OECD countries have an average income of around 9.5 times that of the bottom 90%. In the 1980s, this ratio was 7 to 1 which implies a worsening by more than 30% in the income gap between these two groups."
A moral response to increasing income inequality.
- Prof. J. Bonnici, International Conference, Vatican City, 12-14 May, 2016.
The VSF International is an organisation made up entirely of volunteers just like you. For some time there has been an urgent need for a response to the progression of social exclusion. The VSF international has set itself on a simple idea: Promoting existing charities which are up and running, experienced, organised and successful programs in local communities, that need more help to bring into society, marginalised individuals.
The mission of VSF International is to provide an opportunity for the more fortunate in society to help those who are disadvantaged, to contribute, both financially and by volunteering time. The ultimate aim is to raise the capacity of those threatened to enable them to earn a dignified living. This can be summarised by the well-known Chinese proverb; “Give a Man a Fish, and You Feed Him for a Day. Teach a Man To Fish, and You Feed Him for a Lifetime."
The VSF international launches at a crucial time. There is a need for a new responsible leadership based on solidarity and the common good, where the more fortunate in society help those falling behind.
Donate, Participate and Advocate.
The VSF receives no public funding, it relies on donations from people like you. If you would like to get involved beyond your donation, join us. Make the difference. Mentoring is a very rewarding experience; an opportunity to teach others your skills, to uplift them through knowledge and confidence. This is the true act of ‘teaching a man to fish’. Furthermore, we encourage active participation in advocating programs to bring under the support of The VSF International.
- Pope Francis
Speech to the Congress on the 50th anniversary of “Populorum Progressio”, 4 April 2017