Who We Are

“Effective Aid International is an Australian non-profit charity that aims to provide under privileged and disadvantage people with the basic necessities that enable them to survive, but beyond that to provide development to communities, thus empowering them to take charge of their own futures.”

Effective Aid International is working to make this world a better place, offering relief from the daily suffering endured by many.

Effective Aid International believes in “less talk more action”. We simply get on with the job, not wanting to spend money on advertising that should be spent on changing people’s lives. Our commitment to our donors is to maximise the effect of their donations and minimise the amount spent on advertising and administration. We want to be known for our good deeds – evidenced by the life changing results in the individuals and communities with whom we work.

Effective Aid International’s main focus is on children because we believe that the most effective way to change the future is to educate and nurture today’s children.

Effective Aid International believes strongly in the development and training of people within our target communities. Our policy is to only use foreign volunteers when suitable local staff is not available. Over the years we have trained and employed hundreds of teachers and other key local people to both manage and staff our schools and other projects. In recent years it has been exciting to employ many of our school graduates as teachers in our schools.

While Effective Aid International’s core values are Christian, we do not discriminate in the delivery of aid and development within our projects. Participants are welcomed regardless of ethnicity, religion, gender, political persuasion, age or disability.

Management and Accountability

Effective Aid International is an Australian registered charity operating as a non-profit company limited by guarantee. Ian Aitchison founded the organisation in 2005 to bring accountability and better structure to the work he had commenced almost 10 years previously.

In 2015 Chris McConnell with wife Debra took on the challenge of moving EAI work into Karen State. Burma. We currently have 5 schools in Karen State, 4 of which are completely run by EAI and we are also assisting a failing school.

We are about to start building a regional school in the southern part of Karen State in a town on the boarder of Burma and Thailand. With the Thailand military Government increasingly putting pressure on the refugees to return to Myanmar. These boarder towns are set to swell with population.

The organisation, based on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia, is managed by a Board of Directors and complies with all relevant Australian company and tax laws.

Its finances are audited annually by a qualified independent auditor and returns lodged with the Australian Securities and Investment Commission.

The organisation is also registered with the Australian Tax Office as a Level 2 Deductible Gift Recipient and as such authorised to issue tax deductible receipts to Australian donors for gifts over $2 into approved projects.


​Effective Aid International is proud to be in partnership with the Global Development Group (ABN 57 102 400 993), an Australian Non Government Organisation carrying out humanitarian projects with approved partners and providing aid to relieve poverty and provide long term solutions through the provision of quality aid and development projects.

Global Development Group takes responsibility for Effective Aid International’s projects according to Australian Overseas Aid & Development rules, providing a governance role and assisting in the areas of planning, monitoring, evaluating and auditing to ensure that the projects delivered by Effective Aid International are carried out to Australian requirements.

For more information about Global Development Group, visit www.globaldevelopment.org.au.

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