Integra began in 1995 as a response to the needs in post-communist Slovakia. Their emphasis has always been on solutions to poverty, at first within Slovakia, and now that Slovakia is a much wealthier country overall, on encouraging Slovaks to be concerned for those in poverty in Africa.
Three programs are currently running –
1) a child-sponsorship programme in Ethiopia; 500 Slovak families sponsor children
2) fair-trade; working with 22,000 farmers in East Africa
3) delivering aid to war-torn areas, encouraging Slovaks to be outward-looking and generous.