Help families in Ethiopia become free from poverty
Donate to help families grow food, earn income, and become self-reliant
Families struggling to survive in Ethiopia know painfully well that it takes much more than courage and backbreaking work to become self-reliant and free from poverty.
No amount of courage and hard work on Halgage’s part brought her one step closer to becoming free from poverty.
Halgage’s husband labored in the fields of others and despite his best effort, he could not earn enough income to support his family. Halgage spent her days trekking through the countryside, fetching whatever water she could find, most of which made her and her family very sick.
Then something wonderful happened. Friends of HOPE International Development Agency gave so that we could collaborate with Halgage’s community to install a water system to provide a plentiful supply of clean water to the entire community.
The day the water system was completed and operational was the day Halgage said a joyful goodbye to the 5-hour treks she had endured for decades. But yet another challenge arose.
“We had the potential to work and improve our living conditions, but we had nowhere to borrow the money we needed to get started,” says Halgage, recalling the hopelessness she felt.
The solution to overcoming this obstacle became apparent when Halgage joined a self-help group, a small group of 20 like-minded women in her village who come together to learn new skills, support each other in starting small businesses, and solve challenges faced by their community.
Halgage developed a plan, borrowed a small amount of money, and got to work making her family’s dream of self-reliance a reality.
With her borrowed money, Halgage rented a small plot of land and purchased tools and seeds to grow vegetables, which she continues to sell, for a good profit, in small markets in the neighboring towns of Gezeso, Laka, and Belta today.
Every basket of vegetables sold increased Halgage’s confidence and her family’s quality of life. With her ever-improving confidence, Halgage expanded her small business to include buying cereal crops in her village and selling them, at a profit, at the same local markets where she sold her harvest of homegrown vegetables. Halgage and her family, with the help of her friends and fellow self-help group members, also built a new home of bamboo and thatch, using some of the proceeds from her business. “Now I am self-employed and can help my family and send my children to school,” says Halgage, her face beaming with pride. “Our income is dramatically increased from before and we now have enough food, clothing, medication, and things like education materials.”
The Philippines - Typhoon Hagupit
Donate to help Typhoon Hagupit survivors recover
The situation in battered communities throughout the Philippines remains uncertain in the aftermath of Typhoon Hagupit, as nearly 1 million people attempt to rebuild their lives.
Recovery efforts are underway and you can help with a gift of $50, $75, $100, or more if you can. Homes have been damaged or destroyed and many families have lost their food supply.
Your gift will provide direct support for families in the aftermath of the storm, helping them recover as quickly as possible. The families we are helping are among the poorest of the poor in the Philippines and every day they go without help is a day that puts their recovery further away.
The storm, the equivalent of a category 3 hurricane here at home, has dealt a cruel blow to families in its path, especially those who were still struggling to recover from last year’s killer storm, Typhoon Haiyan late last year.
You can help Typhoon Hagupit survivors for as little as $50.
Bakan and Kab Krolang, Cambodia
Donate to help a Cambodian family become food self-sufficient
Families in the Cambodian villages of Bakan and Kab Krolang suffer because the traditional once-a-year rice harvest does not provide enough food for the entire year. As a result, some families go without rice, a staple of the Cambodia diet, for as many as four to five months a year.
A variety of rice, known as “dry-season rice”, solves the problem of hunger because it can be planted and harvested three times a year, rather than just once with the traditional rice variety. In addition to meeting their own food needs, families using the dry-season rice always have additional rice available after each harvest, enabling them to earn a good income selling the excess at local markets.
In addition to rice seeds, training is provided on how to maximize the productivity and health of rice fields. A community seed bank is also formed, and water pumps, needed to irrigate the fields during certain times of year, are also provided.