Mutual Aid Scheme
What is it?
The Mutual Aid Scheme aims to promote international co-operation, friendship and understanding among Member Organizations of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS). Through the scheme, Member Organizations with higher incomes pledge funds to support projects run by Member Organizations in poorer countries. These projects vary in their nature, but are all designed to improve the lives of girls and young women, and their communities.
When did it start?
The first Mutual Aid Scheme Circular - a list of projects requesting support - was sent out in 1967 and the Scheme was officially launched in 1968. Through direct correspondence and exchange of information, partners develop bonds of friendship and an understanding and appreciation of each other’s cultures and ways of life.
Over the past 36 years, the Mutual Aid Scheme has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds to support many community development projects. These include projects focusing on health, literacy, environment, vocational skills and training. It has also helped many Associations with the purchase of vital equipment, employment of full-time Trainers, training of Leaders and with the publication of handbooks and manuals, all essential for the development of Girl Guiding/Girl Scouting.
How the Mutual Aid Scheme operates
Projects are submitted to the Scheme by Member Organizations seeking funding for their project(s). The list of selected projects is then circulated to all WAGGGS Member Organizations, who are invited to support one or more of them. Funding is pledged through WAGGGS. MOs in receipt of funds submit regular reports about the projects’ progress to WAGGGS and donor countries. If your organization has a project which would benefit from funding through the Mutual Aid scheme, please complete Mutual Aid Request Form.
How you can support
If you are in a Girl Guide or Girl Scout unit/troop and would like to pledge funding for a Mutual Aid Scheme project, please contact your national Association which will be part of the scheme. Member Organizations should contact Mutual Aid
Please note that the Mutual Aid Scheme only accepts donations from WAGGGS Member Organizations. If an external organization or individual wishes to donate to WAGGGS projects, please contact Paul