Our dream to use our business skills to fund and support our own development organisation finally came to fruition. Our business has generated more than AUD$7 million for The ISIS Foundation since that time, and the work of our amazing foundation teams in the USA, Australia, Bermuda, Uganda and Nepal now touches more than 30,000 people in need a year.
In Dhading Nepal, our infant, child and maternal health programmes continue to grow each year. In Nepal, ISIS manages a wide range of development programmes, including high-altitude health and education, helping to bring more girls into mainstream life through better access to schools, the care of children rescued from child traffickers and healthcare support for thousands of people at mobile health clinics.
Every day, the team understands more about the complexity of service delivery to vulnerable people. We are inspired by what can be achieved working hand-in-hand with communities and local partner organisations. And we take great heart from the speed at which the idea of “social business” has galloped into mainstream thinking.
After nearly 2 years of pioneering social business to support deep, grassroots development work, the ISIS team is now thinking hard about the best way to share our lessons with a wider audience, including other Australian and international non-government organisations and businesses. We have made many mistakes along the way and we hope to share these, and our successes, with others following a similar path.