On the underlying motive(s) of the foundation, the founder – Msgr. John Bosco Akam speaks:
The underlying motive of the foundation is basically the practical application of what has remained in people in form of ideas. you see, there is a lot of preaching, campaigns and speeches here and there: option for the poor, ever-readiness to look for the poorest of the poor, to help them and so on, by different organization, groupings and countries. But in this foundation, we have in mind the practical application of ourselves (the members of VPF) and the society to the cause of poor people. The motive therefore, is centred on the alleviation of the sufferings of the poor, not the total obliteration of suffering, for this is practically impossible in our own world. But could we not do something, no matter how small, for the poor among us? So to achieve this objective, I felt I could not do that single-handedly. Then, I had to form a foundation such that the crew of the foundation would engage in full blown diverse activities... the foundation will, through those activities bring about some relief to some poor people.
As to when the foundation was conceived and formalized, Msgr. John Bosco Akam (founder) explained:
The concept of this idea is quite long ago, but I gave it accent or made it to come to limelight in 1985, when I was in Belgium. Through some help from friends and benefactors overseas, I was bale to get something started by way of foundation. from that time the foundation existed de facto and not de jure. De facto in the sense of moving out of my way to help the poor people without signing papers, without writing, without organizing conferences and seminars and without even allowing people to know what I was doing. That was the time it actually stated, in 1985. It has taken many processes. For years I have been engaged in this apostolate incognito - I never allowed people to know what I was doing... That has led me to a series of projects for poor people all these years. Then, in the earlier part of this year (1996), we had to give it official approbation which is already accepted in some countries in Europe. So, its coming to public in a formalized way is simply this year (1996).