Urban poverty has many facets, and so it’s important to develop holistic methods to solving the problems there. Evidence shows that results from single-issue and short-term projects are superficial and quickly dissolve. They lack synergy and are not owned by local people. In contrast, successful projects with lasting benefits serve the whole person, have a long-term, holistic focus and involve community members in decision-making from the start. Consequently, we have and continue to develop community-based interventions that address urban poverty from different angles, including community health, job creation etc. We also lay a strong emphasis on developing slum-dwellers’ leadership and project management skills, while helping them start their own community-based organizations. We believe this is crucial to succeed in the fight against fatalism and crushing poverty.