VOLONTARI NEL MONDO RTM
RTM is a non-governmental organisation for international volunteering. Our mission is to promote the dignity of the person, protect fundamental rights, and accompany communities in sustainable development processes. We operate through medium- and long-term interventions with the active participation of local partners and beneficiaries and the involvement of local communities. Our cornerstone are the volunteers engaged both abroad in development projects and in Italy in awareness-raising and fundraising activities.
Since 1973 it has promoted international cooperation and solidarity projects in Africa, the Balkans, Latin America, and the Middle East and information, awareness-raising, and development education activities in Italy.
- Healthcare: prevention, awareness-raising, sanitation and hygiene animation in rural communities, vaccination campaigns, training of community agents to take care of the sick at home
- Rural development: training and support for farmers
- Promotion of women’s rights: support and training for groups of rural women
- Education: support for schools and families, distribution of school kits, training for teachers, school renovations
- Protection and recovery of minors with disabilities: educational and support activities for children with physical and mental disabilities, support for families, animation in the villages
- Food security: construction of dams, granaries, wells, agricultural training, food education, micro-credit
- Nutritional support: support for school canteens, food aid for tuberculosis patients, fight against child malnutrition
- Environmental protection: sustainable management of forest resources
- Development of local crafts and organic production: support and training for associations and cooperatives of artisans and farmers, fair trade
- Peace education: implementation of activities aimed at families and children to foster inter-ethnic and inter-religious dialogue
- Protection of imprisoned minors: support for alternatives to prison, education, agricultural and recreational re-education activities, professional training, pedagogical and psychological support, training for social workers
- Development education
- Awareness and fund-raising campaigns
- Training courses on international volunteering
RTM works with funds of and is recognised by the European Union and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
RTM is associated to:
Ours is a story of encounters between people and cultures. It is the story of over 400 volunteers who have devoted years of their lives to thousands of women, children, and men to answer their needs, to show that a more solidar world is possible.
It is a long history, therefore we only highlight some of its steps.
volunteering experiences and the projects supporting missionary activities. With time and the increasing requests by local communities, activities extended to include rural development, healthcare animation, literacy, food aid, and income-generating initiatives.
In 1973, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs acknowledged RTM’s status as an NGO and co-financed projects started.
Since then, our presence in Madagascar has been uninterrupted, and so far over 150 volunteers have spent
two or more years in the country.
With the refugees’ return to Kosovo, we started planning interventions in the areas of agro-zootechnology and peace education. Today, after the work of over 100 volunteers, we are still present with interventions on preschool education.
Still in 1999, following the twin-towns agreement between the Betlehem Governorate and the Province of Reggio Emilia, RTM intervened in Palestine, initially supporting a psycho-physical rehabilitation centre for minors and then with activities in support of deaf minors.
This was the last experience in Latin America after Bolivia (1990-92) and Ecuador (2005).