Our mission is to connect people and resources through international community development. We are a Canadian non-profit, charitable organization. We aren’t in this to make money. Our focus is on improving lives through community development. We have no professional, political or religious affiliations.
We are about providing service through sustainable projects. We believe in long-term service, not short-term aid. Our trips are meant to empower our field communities, foster relationships and provide a positive experience for all. We work with our in-country partners to choose projects that are most needed and map out how they will be maintained after teams leave.
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In 2000, Canadians Wayne McRann and Dan Miller were in the jungles of Guatemala, installing water systems and building houses on a Rotary International trip. They felt people other than Rotary members should have the same chance to do something to make others’ lives better. Here’s our story about Developing World Connections.
Then, on Dec. 26, 2004, a massive tsunami pounded 14 countries in the Indian Ocean, killing 230,000 and destroying the lives of hundreds of thousands more. The horror of the devastation sparked DWC to life, with the first teams rushing to Sri Lanka to rebuild homes and community buildings. The fledgling group got itself organized, got teams over to Sri Lanka, and McRann took the helm as executive director.
DWC board members have all volunteered abroad to transforms lives – they have seen the difference it can make and they generously give their time and energy so that others can have that same travel experience.