Every day, our work affects the lives of people from around the world who have embarked on a journey here in Australia. Making a difference in people’s lives and businesses is at the heart of what we do at The Migration Agency. So too are innovation and strategic thinking that has a positive impact for clients and our community.
Through both our day to day work and our philanthropy we know business has the power to effect change. It also informs our understanding that the driver for migration is not only the voluntary pursuit of objectives. Often it’s driven by necessity arising through an absence of choice and opportunity. That’s why it makes sense for The Migration Agency to bring this same ethos to the way we’re giving back to communities and causes with special meaning for us.
Our approach to giving back takes varied forms, but it is all underpinned by our values of respect, partnership and value creation - with volunteered time, in-kind contribution of professional resources and skills, and forming strategic partnerships with organisations such as FONA, through which we can deliver larger scale projects collaboratively.
How we are collaborating to regenerate communities
In conjunction with our strategic community partner FONA, The Migration Agency is helping to implement a new model of giving for international communities needing support. What we value about FONA is that it is moving beyond traditional models of aid to one based on global partnership, collaboration, consultation and a benefit-minded approach to solutions. This new collaborative model engages locals communities in need at the level where they are integral to the solution.
FONA’s guiding principles resonate with us at The Migration Agency:
- A collaborative, consultative and benefit-minded approach to solutions
- Partnership as the cornerstone of success
- Inspiring the next generation
And we’ve sought to bring this approach to the most significant project on which we’ve worked together, the Purano Jhangajholi Education Centre.
Working with FONA on the Purano Jhangajholi Education Centre of Excellence
Our association with the community of Purano Jhangajholi in Nepal runs deep, as does FONA’s.
The earthquake of 2015 forced students and teachers from this Nepalese village into makeshift bamboo shelters. Recognising the challenge this presented, FONA was inspired by the concept of creating a world class facility, which could do double duty as a school and community hub that integrated infrastructure and services. The vision? Establish a new standard in education and community infrastructure design.
Through this project, we’re accessing the world’s cleverest minds, drawing from think tanks and research institutes in the corporate and educational sectors, including University of Melbourne, IncludDesign, Thrive Research Hub, and Cohere. Together with FONA and the other collaboration partners, we’ve integrated creative thinking, industry leading educational practice, and new technologies to capitalise on big opportunities and deliver practical solutions.
"When we connect local communities with passionate investors and collaborators, we see solutions in terms of the opportunities for all involved. This more commercial and benefit-minded approach, reflects not only the collaborators’ backgrounds in academia, research or business, but also the idea that empowerment comes from looking to the potential of people and their communities, and plays to their strengths."
Sarah Thapa, FONA co-founder and principal of The Migration Agency, is proud of the involvement in this innovative project.
Apart from our commitment to changing the lives of our clients, we’re also committed to positively impacting the lives of others in need. Over and above our in-kind and other contributions, a portion of all profits go to support projects like the Purano Jhangajholi Education Centre of Excellence.
We believe business has the power to make meaningful differences to real people. By working together, you’re helping to make that difference too.