The Voluntary Solidarity Fund international
Source: INSEE, Dec.2016
Source: JRF Foundation, 2014-15

The facts

"The latest data suggests that the top 10% of the population in OECD countries have an average income of around 9.5 times that of the bottom 90%. In the 1980s, this ratio was 7 to 1 which implies a worsening by more than 30% in the income gap between these two groups."

A moral response to increasing income inequality.
- Prof. J. Bonnici, International Conference, Vatican City, 12-14 May, 2016.

The VSF International is a lay-led organisation made up entirely of volunteers just like you. For some time there has been an urgent need for a moral response to the growing issue of inequality. The mission of VSF International is to provide an opportunity for the more fortunate in society to help those who are disadvantaged and at risk of falling behind due to ever increasing socio-economic disparity. In particular, to contribute, both financially and in more direct ways, to help prevent further socio-economic decay as a result of increasing income inequality.

The ultimate aim is to raise the capacity of those threatened to enable them to earn a dignified living. This can be summarised by the well-known Chinese proverb; “Give a Man a Fish, and You Feed Him for a Day. Teach a Man To Fish, and You Feed Him for a Lifetime."

The VSF international launches at a crucial time, when Pope Francis has called for a new leadership based on solidarity and the common good. There is a moral obligation to act, where the more fortunate in society help those falling behind.

Donate, Participate and Advocate.

The VSF receives no public funding, it relies on donations from people like you. If you would like to get involved beyond your donation, join us. Make the difference. Mentoring is a very rewarding experience; an opportunity to teach others your skills, to uplift them through knowledge and confidence. This is the true act of ‘teaching a man to fish’. Furthermore, we encourage active participation in advocating programs to bring under the support of The VSF International.

"The duty of solidarity obliges us to seek ways of sharing, so there may not exist that tragic inequality between those who have too much and those who have nothing, between those who reject and those who are rejected."
- Pope Francis

Speech to the Congress on the 50th anniversary of “Populorum Progressio”, 4 April 2017