Young, emerging, and active – Asia is a diverse continent with many creative and clever minds where new ideas fall on fertile ground and are implemented extremely fast. Tradition and modernism are combined in many places to form an exciting vision of the future. Adolph Kolping’s idea of believing in the talents of every single human being therefore fits in excellently with many Asian countries in which not only an economic but also a social upheaval is taking place. It is the aim of the Kolping work in Asia that all people can benefit from this.
The situation of the people
More than half of the world’s population lives in Asia. A continent full of contrasts: impressive economic growth and depressing poverty, high-level technology and low level of education particularly in rural areas, young democracies and oppression of minorities: these inconsistencies do occur in many countries in Asia. Especially for poor people, access to vocational training and affordable health services are still difficult. A large number of internal violent conflicts in countries like Myanmar or the Philippines as well as cross-national conflicts.
How we help
A sense of community and mutual help: Kolping’s approach of help for self-help is just right in Asia because Kolping is also present in areas where people are not doing well. Kolping stands for new perspectives, education and opportunities of participation. Kolping Asia is particularly committed to respecting women. In India, more than 85 % of the members are women. Who joins Kolping will feel the strength of the community, will develop self-esteem and is empowered to provide help for oneself and the family. In Asia, Kolping focuses on the following areas: