FROM SCARCITY TO SELF-RELIANCE
LIFE CYCLE TRAINING INSTITUTE The school operates as a educational-based business enterprise – students perform a range of jobs within their course structure for both the school and the community. The profits from the students work will subsidize their tuition, which in turn subsidizes the schools operating expenses. After the initial capital infusion to establish the process, the school will be able to sustain itself without outside support.
WOMEN’S COMMUNITY DEVLOPMENT The end-goal of this community is to transform the disenfranchised and homeless into healthy and participating members of their community. Educational training for health, hygiene and sustainable practices are keys to eliminating the trap of poverty. The infrastructure of the property will invest in natural capital of agricuture and water as well as renewable energy and waste management. Families will engage the marketplace with a range of agricultural products to create micro-economies with sound entrepreneurial management to provide for themselves and their families.
RAY OF HOPE The capital investment for construction and supplies will establish a care-center where children can receive the medical and therapeutic care that families are too poor to take care of themselves. To illustrate – one little girl, we’ll call Maria, has epileptic seizures. Her family can’t afford the medication of $10/mo to control her seizures. Nor can she make it to school on a regular basis. One day she was standing between her mother and the fire stove when she was struck with a seizure and fell face first into the fire. Her momma couldn’t reach her fast enough. Half of her face has burn scars. While helping families like Maria require sponsorship for medicines, building the services and the capacity of the school will have a lasting impact for children with special needs and their families.
BUILD TEAMS become advocates. They donate their time and resources to building up one of the poorest communities in the country. The homes our volunteers construct provide shelter, security and a place people can call home. Every widow receives goats which they can use for milk and for breeding, some receive additional gifts related to their skill sets such as blenders, or thread for weaving blankets. Build teams create self-reliance one widow at a time.
Understanding the world as a system over time, requires responsible decisions when helping the extreme poor through farming land, developing economic policies, or providing access to education, medical care, food, water, and a secure income that will have a positive impact on the land and our own children when their children are adults.