Although FKSW began with a focus on education, specifically nursery school programs and primary school scholarships, it was soon apparent that even when there is a school for children to attend, if they are sick or hungry they cannot learn. Additionally, if their parents are extremely poor, children are often needed to help earn an income for the family. Facing this reality, FKSW broadened its area of activity.
Breaking the cycle of poverty requires an array of simultaneous actions: a single intervention is unlikely to be sufficient. Today, within the structure and guidelines of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, projects undertaken by FKSW and NECOFA in rural communities address the following challenges:
  • Ending extreme poverty and hunger
  • Achieving universal primary education
  • Promoting gender equality and empowering women
  • Reducing child mortality
  • Improving maternal health
  • Combating HIV/AIDs, malaria and other diseases
  • Ensuring environmental sustainability
  • Developing global partnerships
Poor people seek dignity, not dependence. Traditional charity often meets immediate needs but too often fails to enable people to solve their own problems over the long term. FKSW and NECOFA do not provide charity. Nor do we bring in outside experts, unless we can find no one locally to fill a critical need.

With a shared vision of the possibilities for meeting each challenge, and with resources provided through donations to FKSW and NECOFA, community members are empowered to use their skills and talents to improve the quality of their lives.

They participate in the planning process for each project and all projects are designed with the specific needs of the community in mind, including a plan for sustainability and local ownership. Residents also make contributions in the form of expertise and labor, which are in abundant supply or funds if they're available.

As Jeffrey Sachs writes in his book The End of Poverty, with this kind of assistance, communities are often able to “make it to the bottom rung of the ladder, from where they can begin climbing.”