Mission and Organization
Quantum Connections International has a diverse and experienced Board. Members are from different countries; some come from the corporate world, some have lived and worked in developing countries. All are volunteers and most of them have secondary roles with direct responsibility for parts of QCI’s activities.
It finds a niche amongst other nonprofits working on development issues. It strongly seeks to avoid duplication of effort and networks with several other bodies with a similar mission. Its primary role is to help people who want to travel and see for themselves another culture and country, either as tourists or volunteers. It does this by linking them with people in another country who are working on projects and who are personally linked to members of the Board.
Its mission reads ”To help build a more just and sustainable world by creating global partnerships”. This it has done in several countries.
Currently it has no paid staff but as it expands it needs funds. It is raising small amounts of money from amongst its members and Partners, but is making application to suitable Foundations to enable it to develop a structure and engage staff.
Money is needed to ship computers and books to Partners, to buy computer parts, pay for materials for its administration and publications.
Quantum Connections is working on a Partnership in South America but most of its contacts are with the Association of Christian Laity Centers in Africa. This is an association of more than a hundred institutions and leaders scattered throughout the continent from Egypt to South Africa. Most of them are focused on some kind of social, educational or developmental issue in their respective nation.
In its statement on Values it acknowledges that gross inequalities exist and attempts to address them. The earth's resources are limited but for all to share. Quantum Connections respects all people and cultures and faiths. It also declares that all people both in the developing and developed world have much to give as well as receive from each other. It is not about going from the economically "rich" world to give something to the "poor" world, but about all learning, meeting, receiving and respecting.