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. FKSW began with a focus on education, specifically nursery school construction and primary school scholarships, but it was soon apparent that schools and scholarships weren't enough. If children are sick or hungry they cannot learn. Additionally, if their parents are extremely poor, children are often taken out of school to help earn an income for the family. Facing this reality, FKSW broadened its area of activity.

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. 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.

Projects are designed with the specific needs of each community in mind, with residents participating in the planning process and decision making. Local supporters and stakeholders are invited to collaborate with the community. Implementation plans include training in relevant skills, management and maintenance of project outcomes to ensure sustainability and local ownership. Residents also make contributions in the form of expertise, labor and available resources.
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.”