For the sake of human dignity, Mensen met een Missie aspires to a world of justice and peace. As part of a worldwide network, and together with our partners, we support people who suffer the consequences of unjust situations in taking control of their own lives. Sustainable change starts at the grassroots. Our focus is on vulnerable, often marginalised, groups such as indigenous people, women, and minorities.
Mensen met een Missie believes that human dignity should be the origin and purpose of our actions. That is why we are strongly committed to a more just society. We derive our basic values from Catholic Social Teachings, and our vision of development is guided by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). This milestone on the road to human progress and dignity was adopted by the United Nations in 1948 and promotes a rights based approach to development, which includes cultural rights and inalienable rights to justice, a clean living environment, gender equality and participation.
Together with our partners, we strive for a world where every human being can fully participate in society, in which grassroots communities take part in a dialogue in order to prevent conflicts, a society in which men and women are equal, and where open, multiform, faith-based communities play a positive role in the transformation of their environments. Our philosophy is to support grassroots organisations directly in their work, as well as to link them so they can benefit from mutual experiences. United we stand stronger.
Mensen met een Missie and its partners strengthen each other through advice, knowledge sharing, advocacy, and funding. Inspired by our missionary tradition, we support about 350 faith-based grassroots organisations in Africa, Asia, and Latin America that are committed to social justice through peaceful, non-violent action.