Supporting education and related programs for the empowerment
of children, youth and their communities in the Asia Pacific

Frequently Asked Questions

We have included responses to the most Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Lasallian Foundation and the work we do.  Please select from the categories below.  If you would like any additional information please contact us at

  • FAQs - General

  • FAQs - Administration & Funding

  • FAQs - Our Work

  • FAQs - Donor & Fundraising


FAQs - General

  • Who is the Lasallian (Asia/Pacific) Foundation Ltd?

The Lasallian (Asia/Pacific) Foundation Ltd trading as the Lasallian Foundation is an Australian-based independent development organisation working primarily but not exclusively in the Asia Pacific and South Sudan. The Lasallian Foundation delivers aid and development programs to support marginalised children and their communities. The Lasallian Foundation is part of the international Lasallian/De La Salle network working for the betterment of children through education.

The Lasallian Foundation is a Charitable Institution (ABN 74 11 323 4889).

  • When did the Lasallian Foundation begin its work?

The Lasallian Foundation was established in 2005 by the De La Salle Brothers of Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea to fund developmental and emergency relief projects in the Asia-Pacific region. The Foundation builds on a long history of informal support for projects initiated and conducted by the Australian Brothers through their Mission Fund. Our aim is to continue expanding these activities into the future.

  • What does the Lasallian Foundation do?

In the tradition of our founder, John Baptist De La Salle, the Lasallian Foundation believes that education is one of the key tools in the fight against poverty. Education provides numeracy, literacy, knowledge and skills that will create opportunities for children and young people with dignity and to enable them to live better lives.

  • What type of programs does The Lasallian Foundation support?

The Lasallian Foundation supports development programs in impoverished communities. Programs are identified by our in-country Lasallian Partner Organisations (LPOs) in consultation with local communities as they are best placed to identify the needs and the possible solutions.

Programs include a wide range of initiatives such as basic water supply and sanitation and hygiene (WASH), basic and good nutrition especially for preschool aged children, preschool to secondary school education programs, vocational training, agricultural developments aiming for self-sustainability and capacity building and professional development of staff.

  • Where does the Lasallian Foundation work?

As of 2011, the Lasallian Foundation works in nine countries. Lasallian Foundation manages and implements programs in India, Cambodia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam and South Sudan. See the “Where We Work” section of this website for our work in more detail.

  • Does the Lasallian Foundation have any programs in Australia?

No, the Lasallian Foundation was established after BoysTown Australia was incorporated in 2005. Previously BoysTown assisted projects in PNG and India however from 2005 BoysTown’s focus moved to disadvantaged children and young people aged to 25 years and their communities within Australia. The Lasallian Foundation’s role is to focus on supporting the projects overseas

BoysTown provides help and reassurance to those experiencing life challenges that include: physical and emotional abuse, alcohol and drug abuse, homelessness, low literacy, long-term unemployment and mental illness.  BoysTown offers one-on-one counselling to thousands of young people and their families via our Kids Helpline and Parentline telephone and online help services. Young people can also obtain work, gain valuable work experience, training, learn life skills and at the same time, receive counselling support to deal with their individual life challenges.

  • How often are the country figures and information updated?

We aim to update these once a year using data from a variety of sources including the United Nations, World Health Organisation (WHO), Asia Development Bank, CIA Factbook and a number of government websites. Links to source information is provided where possible.

  • Can I use information, PowerPoints and photos from the Lasallian Foundation website for my Web site (book, research project, homework, etc.)?

Our website is in the public domain and we would encourage you to use the resources and information available on our website. However, as a courtesy, please cite “Lasallian Foundation” as your reference on any information or in particular, photographs you copy or use.

  • What does the Lasallian star logo symbolise?

The Lasallian star is a shared symbol of hope shared by De La Salle organisations throughout the world. Our values are reflected in the Starfish story.

  • Does the Lasallian Foundation have any political affiliations?

The Lasallian Foundation is an independent development organisation. We have no membership or affiliation to any political party.

  • The De La Salle Brothers are a Catholic order of monks. Does the Lasallian Foundation help only Catholic people?

Although the Lasallian Foundation was founded upon Christian values,

“The Foundation’s projects oppose discrimination and the denial of rights based on sex, race, nationality, ethnicity, class, religion, age, physical ability, caste, opinion, political alliance or sexual orientation. In the Foundation’s projects, partnerships and marketing and communications the Foundation respects the dignity and equality of the people it serves.”

This is one of our core values. We respond to need. Our mission is to help disadvantaged and poor children to reach their full potential. We do not support evangelisation activities.

  • I can’t find a geographic name for a particular country. Why not?

The Lasallian Foundation does not support projects in all developing countries. Our focus is on countries within the Asia-Pacific and also South Sudan.

  • Why is the country Burma referred to as Myanmar?

This is an often controversial topic however the LF refers to Myanmar after discussions with our Lasallian Partner Organisations in Myanmar. The Republic of the Union Myanmar means “united” and respects the sovereignty of all tribes residing within the country’s borders. “Burma” references the majority tribe and ruling class only. While most of the name change is closer to their actual Burmese pronunciations, many opposition groups and countries continue to oppose their use in English because they recognise neither the legitimacy of the ruling military government nor its authority to rename the country or towns in English.

Various world entities have chosen to accept or reject the name change. The United Nations, of which Myanmar is a member, endorsed the name change five days after its announcement by the government. However, governments of many countries including Australia, Canada, France, the United Kingdom and the United States still refer to the country as "Burma", with varying levels of recognition of the validity of the name change itself. Others, including the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the governments of Germany, India, Japan, Russia, Brazil and the People's Republic of China recognise "Myanmar" as the official name.

  • What is the Lasallian Foundation’s source for subject fields?

The Lasallian Foundation staff uses many different sources for information and statistics including United Nations, WHO, CIA Factbook, Asia Development Bank, as well as in country Governmental references.

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