People need people

People who have suffered exploitation need more than the basics. Food and shelter are necessary, but do not themselves bring healing or the ability to move on with their lives. A profound quality of care and trust is essential, which can only be given face-to-face. This is where the real change happens. Yes the kind of work that prioritises this kind of accompaniment is chronically under-funded and under-appreciated. 

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that."

Martin Luther King Jr.

The power of civil society

A thriving, networked civil society is key for sustained change. Arise believes that individuals and organisations rooted in communities are best placed to help provide meaningful support to those suffering, and to naming and addressing the systemic causes that put people from their communities at risk. 

Breaking the cycle through frontline networks in source countries

Flowing from our person-centred approach, Arise is committed to developing sustainable local solutions. So we develop alliances with individuals and organisations which reflect our values, which are running locally led, and - preferably - locally founded projects, and, crucially, are strongly networked. We call these groups ‘frontline’.

We believe that this approach promotes greater local ownership amongst beneficiary communities, which improves participation and project durability.