About us

Founded in 2000 in Christchurch (photo),  Rose Charities New Zealand is an independent organization but  sibling member of the Rose Charities International Network .  The focus is on aid and assistance work both internationally as well as in NZ.


Through innovative, self-sustaining projects and partnerships, Rose Charities supports communities to improve quality of life. We do this within a framework of volunteerism that places emphasis on results. By linking people and working together we all benefit. The Rose Charities international network of independent organizations are not-for-profit, secular and non-political.

Our Purpose:

We support community-based projects that have strong local leadership and dedicated volunteers. We work with them as they find their own solutions to the problems of poverty. Our role is to find the resources and skills to help them. These communities are able to stretch a small donation to achieve miracles.

How we Work:

Rose Charities New Zealand is run by volunteers. This keeps our costs to a minimum and enables us to spend your donation on projects and not on salaries or overheads. We are always looking for more people to join us! We believe donors should be able to see where their money is spent. We will direct your donation to where you think it is most needed and provide you with the feedback to see its impact.

How we Started

Rose Charities New Zealand became a registered Charity in 2000 to support projects in Cambodia. These projects were started by a Canadian/NZ  physician, Dr. William Grut, who was working in the devastation of Cambodia after the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime. Since then, other counrose-charities.orgtries have formed their own Rose Charities organizations: Canada, Cambodia, USA,  Sri Lanka, United Kingdom, Malaysia, and Singapore.  These organizations have now formally united under the umbrella organization, Rose Charities International and support some 40  programs in 20 countries worldwide, working in sectors from education, community development/microcredit, health, safe motherhood, youth support and many others.