Who we are

Humanitarian Projects International Inc. (HPI) is a fully accredited, non-denominational, Australian not-for-profit charity, based in Caloundra Queensland, that operates by sending teams of caring volunteer workers wherever needed to relieve poverty and distress, thereby giving hope and a future to orphans and other underprivileged people of the world.

Registered Charity No.: CH2173    Incorporation No.: IA39848    ABN: 94 985 402 114    Public Benevolent Institution    Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) able to issue tax-deductible receipts for donations.


We assist by raising funds and sending teams of caring volunteers to assist and support vulnerable children and adults both in Australia and overseas by providing shelter, homes, schools, babies’ homes, clinics, agricultural and water infrastructure and other sustainable facilities while concentrating on education which is the key to lifting people out of poverty.  We also offer support through child sponsorship and other on-going activities.  All of HPI’s projects are fully sustainable and on-going and managed by our partner organisations in those countries.

Since its beginnings in 2006, HPI volunteers have fundraised over $500,000 to fund sustainable projects in Australia, Uganda, South Africa, Timor-Leste and Philippines without any grants or other assistance from Australian or overseas governments, State governments, local councils or any of their agencies.
Team members travel at their own expense and all committee members are volunteers, so 100% of funds raised are allocated directly to the humanitarian project currently being supported.

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Here is an overview of our current projects: 


In 2012, Jason and Leanne Buchholz first visited the Shepherds Arms Children’s Home in the Philippines, and since then, many trips have been undertaken with the help of HPI members. During these trips a new boarding house has been built, a new kitchen, bathroom and laundry. More sustainable living projects have been started and expanded, including a pig farm, a hen house, water tanks and veggie gardens. A fence around the perimeter has been erected and a new swing set too. This is an ongoing project as there is always work to be done. Child sponsorship is also available for this project, please click here for details and to place your interest.

Contact: Leanne at lbuchholz@westnet.com.au

Next Trip: February/March 2018

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South Africa

In 2014 we successfully constructed a new Day Care Centre in Tzaneen; 2015 saw the completion of four new homes for orphan families in Rapitsi and then the completion of kitchen upgrades to two original homes. These orphan families are the children left behind by the death or abandonment by their parents, and they are now cared for by the oldest child with the assistance of the OLSH Sisters based in Tzaneen.

Contact: Terry or Julie at gaughan@humanitarianprojectsinc.com

Next Trip: Possibility of a trip at the end of 2018

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Timor Leste

Eight HPI volunteers travelled in September 2014 to Timor Leste to begin the building and refurbishing of three new classrooms. Given what often happens with timelines in poorer countries the site was not yet available, so our team spent most of the project on refurbishing an existing hall that is currently being used as a classroom/storeroom. A team returned in 2016 and Fr. Manuel and Laga Parish took delivery of two 'outside the square' offices and classrooms in July. The site for the buildings was prepared by the parishioners of Samalari, and the buildings were four converted containers that had been sent from the Mornington Peninsula Deanery over the past two years, and had no further value.

The conversion of the containers included adding doors, windows, ventilation, security and painting, and was done at Laga by eight volunteers from St Macartan's Parish and Humanitarian Projects International, doing hot and heavy work over two weeks; but the team loved the involvement with the local people and the experience.

The project was much appreciated, as there is a burgeoning school-age population, and few assets to teach and administer in. The next stage will include two more classrooms, and a big new roof to shade the complex.

Project contact: John Wright at johnwrightmornington@outlook.com

Next Trip: Possible trip in 2018

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At Kashekuro, a small but growing rural community in south-west Uganda, HPI is rebuilding and doing restoration work to a primary school, medical clinic and church that doubles as the local community hall. Upgrade of the medical clinic and the community hall is already completed. The school (3 blocks comprising 9 classrooms), does not have doors or windows and only dirt floors. The roofs are rusted and leaky. During the rainy seasons, the floors become very muddy making it difficult for teachers and students. The classrooms are very basic, with pitted blackboards and desks that seat up to 6 students. The school lacks books, charts and equipment.
HPI has already funded and upgraded a block of 3 classrooms, using local builders and tradesmen - new roof, new doors and windows, cement rendered and painted walls inside and outside, polished cement floors, new blackboards as well as other improvements. A HPI team travelled to the site in June 2017 to help finish the work.
Planning and fundraising are underway to upgrade a larger block of 4 classrooms as well as the library and administration rooms and another HPI team will travel to Uganda in May/June 2018 to complete that work.

Project Contact: Terry & Julie gaughan@humanitarianprojectsinc.com

Next Trip: May/June 2018

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Western Australia

In 2012, HPI established a partnership with the Broome Diocese in Western Australia, and provide a small team of volunteers to help assist, where required, in the Drug and Alcohol Intervention programs run at Mirrilingki. The D&A Intervention Program is currently held 3 times a year and runs for 2 weeks. (Approximately April, June & September).  The usual daily tasks of this trip include planning and preparing meals, cleaning, and ordering food supplies. All accommodation and food is provided for the duration of the program, volunteers just need to purchase their own airfare. Mirrilingki is also used all year for different groups who come and stay for conference, retreats, and various other visits. It is run entirely by volunteers, so they are always looking for volunteers who are willing to stay for 3-6 months to help keep Mirrilingki maintained and to look after the groups that visits. For these long-term volunteers, Broome Diocese will pay for airfares, as well as providing accommodation and meals.

Project contact: Mike and Linda - norris@humanitarianprojectsinc.com

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Did you know….

People who volunteer are happier, live longer and are rated as more desirable partners too!  All good reasons to become a member of HPI and give of your time and talents to help those less fortunate than yourself.  Not sure how?  Simply email info@humanitarianprojectsinc.com and we will send you a membership application form.  It’s free!  There is absolutely no obligation and all information is kept in the strictest confidence.