The families in this community face economic challenges of the hardest type. Many cannot even afford to have their children live with them because they are an extra burden to the family. We seek to improve the education available to children and to make that education accessible to the poorest of the poor.
Children in rural areas face a high probability of working in agriculture/labor at a young age if they do not receive an education. They become part of the family workforce. Without education children of backbreaking agricultural work are also at risk of becoming bonded labor (a form of slavery) or sexual exploitation. By attending an accredited school, they have the opportunity to break out of the poverty cycle.
We are working with local ministry leaders and other leaders in the community to facilitate transformation in the villages where we are involved.
Partnering with a local church-based NGO that operates numerous schools in the region, we opened a school in 2013 that continues to grow.
A business has been started that employs at-risk women and returns profits back to education scholarships. Our desire is for the people of the village to see that true poverty is not financial but is a life without hope in Jesus.
One local business has been started. It designs and produces unique, high-quality home accessories being marketed in the USA. This business provides jobs and assists in the sustainability of the school.
In another village, we have created a vocational training school to provide skills for girls and young women who are vulnerable to being trafficked.