In 1965, an Australian actress, Betty Bryant Silverstein and a Marist priest, Father Stan Hosie, started an organization grounded in the belief that all people have the right and ability to drive their own destinies. They started in the remote islands of the South Pacific and led by example, respecting the courage and determination of local people to solve local challenges.
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Since our founding in 1965, we’ve embraced a fundamental premise: creating local ownership and building problem-solving capabilities at the local level is the only way to create positive and lasting impact. Counterpart takes a building block approach with our local partners to support strong and more resilient communities by developing leaders, strengthening organizations, and fostering multi-sector community partnerships.