About the Assist a student program

The Assist a student (AAS) program gives you the opportunity to provide funding to support the education of a student in one of our partner countries for one year.  

In many Asia Pacific countries, poverty excludes individuals from reaching their full potential by being a barrier to opportunities, including accessing education.  Donors provide $100 per student that assists a primary, secondary or tertiary student in one of our partner countries to access education. In our partner countries, local St Vincent de Paul Society members select students from families in need to be assisted by the program.  

The program commenced in 1995 as the Adopt a student program as a pilot program in Victoria supporting students in Australia’s Twinned countries. The program became national in 1996. In 2021, the program is supporting 1,470 students in Cambodia, Indonesia, Kiribati, Myanmar, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

How to donate

More information

For information about the impact of the AAS program, read news from the students.

Contact us about assisting a student