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At Camps, we are part of the communities we work with. That means we have a deep understanding of the challenges faced locally and we consult with local stakeholders to create real solutions.
Each of our projects is designed to support the UN Sustainable Development Goals, working towards tackling global challenges on a local scale. We understand that many issues in sustainable development are interconnected, and therefore take a holistic approach to developing our projects, tackling the most critical humanitarian, wildlife and environmental issues throughout the countries we work in. Our projects focus on eight key areas of sustainable development:
The issues: It’s estimated more than 1 billion people worldwide are homeless and as many again may be lacking adequate housing. We believe everyone should have access to safe shelter.
Our impact: Our housing projects focus on building and renovating houses for the most vulnerable families. We also construct important community facilities and public amenities to help improve life for communities living in rural locations.
End poverty in all its forms everywhere
Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
The issues: Clean safe drinking water is scarce. In fact, 1 billion people don’t have access to it. Food shortage also affects a large portion of the world’s population, with malnutrition causing 3.1 million child deaths annually around the world.
Our impact: Our water procurement, conservation and storage projects have provided water for thousands of families worldwide. We work with communities to provide lasting solutions to food shortages and encourage self-sufficiency.
End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
The issues: Lack of access to healthcare is a widespread problem within rural communities around the world, resulting in sickness and death that could be preventable with the right care. Poor sanitation at home is also a leading cause of disease, with around 2.4 billion people lacking access to a toilet.
Our impact: We have constructed hundreds of toilets and washing facilities in homes, schools and communities around the world. We’ve renovated and constructed vital medical facilities within rural communities and our healthcare outreach programme delivers treatment to thousands of people in isolated communities every year.
Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
The issues: Without access to a good quality education, children don’t get a fair chance in life. 124 million children are not enrolled in school. For those that are, 38% leave primary school without learning to read and write. Good schools and teaching can open the doors to fulfilling, productive and well paid employment, helping to break the cycle of poverty.
Our impact: Our school improvement programmes focus on constructing classrooms, teachers’ accommodation, libraries and learning facilities, as well as providing training and paying the salaries of local teachers. Through these vital projects, we have helped transform educational opportunities for thousands of children around the world.
Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
The issues: There are around 900 million poor people in developing countries living on less that $1.90 a day. The poorest are living in rural areas and over half are under 18 years of age.
Our impact: We don’t believe in handouts – instead we work closely with communities to empower them to improve their own living standards, long-term. We have developed and provided ongoing support to a wide range of income generation activities including fishing, marine agriculture, farming, ecotourism, artisan crafts and forestry.
The issues: As many as 50% of all species on Earth are heading towards extinction by 2050. 99% of currently threatened species are at risk due to human activities.
Our impact: We work in 6 of the world’s biodiversity hotspots where we can make the most significant difference to vulnerable species. Our sustainable conservation programmes run alongside local organisations to mitigate human-wildlife conflict and protect vital habitats.
Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
The issues: Human activities are having a catastrophic effect on our planet. More than 80% of the Earth’s natural forests have been destroyed for agriculture development or resources extraction.
Our impact: We are working to protect the natural environment through tree-planting, developing seedling nurseries, implementing effective waste management solutions, recycling projects and helping to tackle the root cause of environmental issues through local education.
The issues: The regions in which we work have some of the poorest animal welfare standards in the world. Domesticated animals, including livestock, are seen as a commodity and awareness of mental and physical needs are often overlooked.
Our impact: Our animal welfare projects focus on domestic livestock within the food chain. We provide appropriate shelter, veterinary treatment and improved living conditions for animals such as poultry, cattle, goats and guinea pigs.
The community explain the challenges they face. We create the projects they believe are needed
Our camps are built on community land, using local materials, employing local staff. A home for you in the hands of the community
You work with incredible people. Real solutions for the real world
365 days per year, since 2002
Over the years we have worked on and completed hundreds of projects and every now and again, we love to shout about the great work our volunteers and staff do.
To see the full impact of our project model and our 100% commitment to the areas we work in, you can read all about it in our latest Project Reports.
Read our reports