Leigos para o Desenvolvimento
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Leigos para o Desenvolvimento (LD) is a Portuguese Development NGO recognized by the Portuguese Foreign Affairs Ministry. It embraces the mission of promoting the integral and integrated human development of people and communities in developing countries and in Portugal especially through voluntary service.
LD started in 1986 as a catholic association formed by 6 young volunteers. Today, LD has already sent to developing countries, for a period of 12 or more months, more than 400 young women and men and has cooperation projects in Mozambique, Angola and São Tomé and Principe .
As defined in its Strategic Plan (2011-2015), LD assumes as its core values:
a) the promotion of human dignity in order to help build a local and participatory development;
b) each volunteer is sent to a service of simplicity and gratuity;
c) all volunteers are sent to a volunteers’ community which will help them share experiences and values;
d) all intervention is designed to fight inequalities, poverty and social exclusion through a communitarian and personal empowerment.
In 2014 LD was managing 14 projects that aim to promote education, communitarian development, social entrepreneurship and social inclusion in São Tomé and Principe, Mozambique and Angola - all Portuguese-speaking countries.
LD volunteers play a unique role in these projects therefore, annually, a 9-month National Training Program is developed for all candidates that want to embrace a voluntary service in LD projects. LD participates in several national forums related with voluntary work, in the Portuguese NGO Platform and in Xavier Network Voluntary Group (a network of Jesuit European NGO) in order to share experiences with other organizations and to develop seminars and training moments for its Trainers.
To ensure this mission, the LD office in Lisbon is composed of a 7 member Executive Team that includes the Chief Executive Officer, a Finance Officer, 2 Project Managers, a Communication and Image Manager, one Fundraiser and a Logistic Officer. This executive team reports directly to the Managing Board composed of 5 voluntary members.
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This organisation is willing to involve volunteers who face situations which make their participation in activities more difficult, from the following categories for different types of project:
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