Who We Serve
U4C specializes in serving people and communities who have suffered extreme, sustained and multigenerational poverty. The primarily focus of our work is isolated and remote communities which have little or no access to education, healthcare or economic opportunities. Our evidence-informed approach has evolved from being relevant only to socially vulnerable groups and communities located in underdeveloped countries to also being applicable to chronically vulnerable groups in developed urban communities.

The World Bank defines social vulnerability as one dimension of vulnerability to multiple stressors and shocks, including abuse, social exclusion and natural hazards. Social vulnerability refers to the inability of people, organizations, and societies to withstand adverse impacts from multiple stressors to which they are exposed. Vulnerability is most often associated with poverty, but it can also arise when people are isolated, insecure and defenceless in the face of risk, shock or stress.

U4C serves vulnerable populations because:

-These groups are disadvantaged in ways that cause chronic, extreme poverty.

-These groups often experience discrimination, social exclusion, and injustice.

-These groups emerge as perpetual victims of their disabling circumstances.