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 info@lasallianfoundation.org

  • FAQs - General

  • FAQs - Administration & Funding

  • FAQs - Our Work

  • FAQs - Donor & Fundraising

 

FAQS - Our Work

  • Who are Lasallian Partner Organisations - LPOs?

The Lasallian Partner Organisations are our in-country De La Salle partners who design, implement and help monitoring the projects. They are responsible for identifying needs, working with communities and beneficiaries to design projects and programs or support and the implementation of those projects and programs with and within the local community.

  • How do you work together?

We have a formal overarching partnership agreement with our LPOs which stipulates each parties' roles and responsibilities. Each project has its own individual funding agreement.

  • Does it mean a regular donation of money or does it involve more than that?

Lasallian Foundation involvement in a project goes beyond funding. We believe that funding is only part of the solution. The ongoing training and skills development of local staff is crucial to the ongoing improvement of program standards.

  • How does the Lasallian Foundation determine whether a project is effective?

Projects are continually monitored and evaluated to determine their impact and effectiveness. We do this through financial and project reporting, regular monitoring visits and formal evaluations.

  • Does the Lasallian Foundation work with other organisations?

Yes we don’t believe in reinventing the wheel. As we are only a small organisation, we sometimes need to call on the expertise of other organisations to ensure that we can deliver the best possible solutions responding to the identified needs. We believe a collaborative approach increases our effectiveness and efficiency for the local community.

  • Where does the Lasallian Foundation Australia work?

For a full list of the countries where we work and the projects we are undertaking, go to the Where we work section of this website.

  • How does the Lasallian Foundation decide what projects and areas to support?

We start by assessing the community's needs in consultation with the local community members. Programs are then designed by the LPOs in collaboration with the local community that respond to these needs. We also work with local authorities and government. Overwhelmingly, LPO staff are from the countries in which we work, meaning staff speak the local language and understand the culture. Each Lasallian Foundation project has a local director who will oversee the project from within the country and bring in specialists from other countries to provide training as needed. They will report to the Brother Provincial/President.

  • How is a project designed?

The Lasallian Foundation's aim is for each project to be designed by a broad team, including technical specialists, LPO staff, Lasallian Foundation staff, and the communities who participate in and benefit from the project.

  • Is there ongoing evaluation of projects?

The Lasallian Foundation’s projects are regularly monitored and evaluated during their implementation and appropriate adjustments or changes are made to ensure sustainability. In the past, some projects have been stopped when it was discovered that they were off track. Upon completion, projects are evaluated to determine their impact and effectiveness. Lessons learned are shared with other the LPO offices and staff through workshops, policy documents and the Lasallian Foundation’s international network.

  • How do the Lasallian Foundation's projects have lasting effects?

Each project is based on the goal of improving the capacities of local people and communities so that, after the project is completed, development will be sustainable and the benefits of the project will continue. To achieve this, the needs, preferences and the beliefs of project participants are always central to project design and planned outcomes. Communities are often directly involved in the provision of labour and materials, providing not only additional skills and an opportunity to learn, but also encourages local ownership and maintenance of the project.

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