'Holistic transformation of communities; Relief of poverty'

Our Mission

‘Holistic transformation of communities; Relief of poverty’

Our Mission is to transform communities and nations, One Life at a Time, by developing holistic sustainable solutions to combat injustice, poverty and reinstate the value of life. We aim to promote equal access to the rights and services that protect life and human dignity.

 Achieving our Mission

• ACCI Relief uses a multifaceted approach to achieving our mission, which includes development projects that incorporate sustainability, rights, advocacy and public awareness campaigns.

• ACCI Relief forms strategic partnerships to achieve our mission. The role of our strategic partners is to engage with and empower communities to be active participants in their own development.

• ACCI Relief encourages our strategic partners to partner with other like-minded organisations and Governments in order to implement initiatives in accordance with international guidelines and national frame works.

• ACCI Relief promotes the cause of justice and equality within our networks and provides opportunities for churches, donors and volunteers to engage with our mission.

• As we work towards achieving this mission we will act professionally, think strategically, and be accountable to our stakeholders, primarily the communities we serve.

Our vision is for a world where Christian principles of justice and equality are actualised. Where individuals, families and communities are empowered to influence decisions affecting their own lives, advocate for their own rights as human beings with equal voice and equal value under the premise that all life has intrinsic value before God who created life.

 Our Beliefs

The Australian Christian Churches Statement of Faith summarises the biblical foundation of what we believe.

Without compromising this clear biblical foundation, we have articulated additional beliefs that are specific to the development work that our organisation, staff and field workers are involved in.

We believe in the sanctity of life and the inherent dignity of every human regardless of race, gender, social status, or any other human condition.

We believe that the intrinsic value of human life is the underlying principle of justice upon which human rights are founded. We believe in challenging all social and cultural structures that perceive life as a commodity that can be bought and sold. 

We believe that the church has a crucial role to play in reconciling the social divides which lead to human rights violations, and in doing so defend the rights of the marginalised members of a given community. To this purpose we believe in partnering with and building the capacity of local churches, both in Australia and in the nations where we work, to engage in equality and justice.

We believe that the root cause of poverty is injustice and social exclusion. In order to break poverty, unequal power relationships and systemic obstacles to opportunity need to be identified and challenged so that all people can access opportunity and improve their own lives.

We believe that those living in poverty are rights holders, and not objects of charity. They have legitimate claims to rights and to lead a dignified life.

We believe that the process of development should be empowering. Programs and initiatives should strive to amplify the voice of the marginalised, who when empowered can identify their own vision, goals and needs. The end goal of our partnership with individuals and communities is not the delivery of services, but people empowered to have an equal voice and increased capacity.

“The human person is the central subject of development and should be an active participant and beneficiary of the right to development.” (Article 2 Declaration on the Right to Development).

We believe that the measure of our effectiveness are the individuals, families and communities who have been empowered to make choices and act on their choices, and the progressive reconciliation of oppressive power relationships.

ACC International Relief carries out aid & development activities only. Evangelistic programs and activities are administered and funded separately through the organisation ACC International Missions.

 Our Core Activities

The core activities of ACCI Relief are:

Community Development Projects: We believe in addressing the issues of poverty and injustice, and partner with organisations that bring change to entire communities.

Child Rights and Child-Centred Development Projects: Providing support to vulnerable children through the provision of healthcare, education and family support services.

Disaster Relief: We provide support to individuals and communities in the wake of disasters and humanitarian crises, both in Australia and abroad. This encompasses the provision of emergency and recovery assistance to whole communities as well as services designed to protect children in post disaster settings.