To partner with and provide support to local non-governemnt organisations (NGO) to enable their frontline workers to deliver better services to those in need, in their local communities.
The Bill Crews Trust exists to encourage and develop new and innovative projects aimed at alleviating poverty. In contrast to The Exodus Foundation the Bill Crews Trust is intentionally entrepreneurial, established both in Australia and in Hong Kong.
The Bill Crews Trust encourages, supports, finances, resources and develops means of tackling local community needs at an international level. The Trust works largely in developing countries in close partnership with those “social entrepreneurs” making positive change through their hands-on work supporting local people.
By supporting these people The Bill Crews Trust aims to break the nexus of the risk adverse nature of many charitable institutions and the way that nature can stifle entrepreneurship. Through encouraging and fostering entrepreneurship at the local level entire communities can be changed.
The Bill Crews Trust works across boarders and faiths and in doing so recognises the importance of local culture in breaking the poverty cycle.
- Rev. Bill Crews
- Graeme Wedderburn
- Barbara Stone
- Paul Nicolaou
- Otto Stichter
- Anthony Tudehope
- Dr. Bob Woods
Programs & Geographical Locations
Prior to establishing The Bill Crews Trust, The Exodus Foundation previously assisted in countries within Asia and Africa. The Exodus Foundations International Aid programmes involved activities across three broad areas:
- Disaster Relief
- Primary Healthcare & HIV Aids
- Assisted families and school communities affected by the Tsunami by providing tools for education, employment and health services.
- Provided health, education and welfare services to children in orphanages in the South of Thailand.
- Scoped a joint partnership with Childline Thailand Foundation for a Youth Program Community Centre in Bangkok.
- Siem Reap-Angkor Hospital for Children; Provided toys.
- Songkim Thmey Hope Foundation; Sourced laptops to assist with teaching women and children with HIV skills, including learning English and touch typing.
- Punarbal Shikshya Sadan School was provided with financial & material assistance for the 28 of 35 children attending who are HIV positive.
- Koto; A training restaurant for street youths; 80 children are taught with the aim of placing them in the hospitality industry.
- Laugh Cafe is a Youth facility that was established for young people to learn hospitality skills and training in a restaurant environment.
- The Exodus Foundation partnered with Unistraw Pty Ltd developing a nutritional straw for children suffering HIV aids.
- The Bill Crews Trust is in the process of designing a project in Zimbabwe, in partnership with a network of local social welfare providers, to establish community centres in Harare and Gweru to offer health, nutrition and education services.
- Provided emergency relief aid (tarps, ropes, sheets, etc.) for use by hospitals and communities.
International and local NGO Partnerships
The Bill Crews Trust is committed to building on the groundwork set in place by The Exodus Foundation to work with local NGO’s in providing an appropriate community response to disaster relief, healthcare (HIV/AIDS) and education.
Logistical & Program Support
We have a long standing partnerships with ACP Customs, DHL and LFS Shipping Australia. These partnerships have enabled us to deliver needed materials for disaster relief, primary healthcare and education at a price below commercial cost.
In the past 2 years The Exodus Foundation (prior toe establishment of The Bill Crews Trust) delivered approx 600 cubic meters of aid with an approximate donation value of $A7.5million for the following disaster relief;
- 2x40ft shipping containers (Cyclone Nargis)
- 1 x100m³ (airlifted freight)
- 1 x 20ft shipping container (Embezweni)
- 1 x 1000m³ (airlifted freight, cyclone disaster)
- 1 x40ft shipping container (Kokada Trek Foundation)
- 1 x100m³ (airlifted freight, New Ireland Storm Surge)
- 1x40ft shipping container (Ministry Of Public Health)
- 5 Pallets – tarpaulins and ropes airlifted freight via DHL and Air New Zealand (Tsunami)
- 1 x 20ft shipping container of emergency aid supplies – blankets, poly rope, canvas stretchers, tarpaulins (T. Tomiyori Foundation Inc. Typhoon Pepeng and Ondoy)
- 2 x 20ft shipping containers of emergency aid supplies – blankets, ropes, etc. to Kompay.
- 1 x 40ft shipping container of emergency aid supplies