Self-Help International

Self-Help International (SHI) devotes its efforts to alleviating world hunger and poverty by providing opportunities to rural citizens that ultimately lead to self-reliance. Since its inception, Self-Help has served as a vessel; training, education, and opportunities are provided to rural citizens and whole communities in developing countries so that they can have better lives. MISSION STATEMENT: To alleviate hunger by helping people help themselves. SELF-HELP'S INITIATIVE Educate: We educate the people of the United States to understand the problems of life in developing countries particularly the awareness of the perpetual struggle by millions to produce and distribute food to battle p...

Self-Help International
703 Second Ave NW
Waverly, IA 50677
United States
319-352-4040
http://www.selfhelpinternational.org

Executive Director

Nora Tobin

Management Team

Nora Tobin, Jorge Luis Campos Solis, Benjamin Kusi, Jori Wade-Booth, Jen Rea

Board of Directors

Richard Neal, Jerry Dove, Maria Maixner, Fran Mueller, David Fredrick, Ann Bell, Dale Harpstead, Bob Hellman, Phil Hufferd, Mary Jane Oakland, Dennis Preslicka, Bert Schou, Carol Smith, Nick Taiber, John Tehven, Jim West, Keith Heffernan

Project Leaders

Merry Fredrick
Jori Wade Booth
Nora Tobin

Mission

Self-Help International (SHI) devotes its efforts to alleviating world hunger and poverty by providing opportunities to rural citizens that ultimately lead to self-reliance. Since its inception, Self-Help has served as a vessel; training, education, and opportunities are provided to rural citizens and whole communities in developing countries so that they can have better lives. MISSION STATEMENT: To alleviate hunger by helping people help themselves. SELF-HELP'S INITIATIVE Educate: We educate the people of the United States to understand the problems of life in developing countries particularly the awareness of the perpetual struggle by millions to produce and distribute food to battle persistent chronic hunger and poverty; we help tell their story Train: We train people in developing countries in the use of Quality Protein Maize (QPM). This increases crop yields and improves nutrition. We assist local farm families with planting, Improve: We improve infant and pre-school children's diets by administering an improved porridge feeding program. Made from QPM and pinches of barley malt, this combination has been proven to alleviate malnutrition, thwart sickness, and keep children in school so they can continue their education. Empower: We provide micro-credit loans for women to start small scale businesses. This availability of credit empowers women and increases their income - because they do not have access to traditional financing. Cooperate: We cooperate with other organizations and agencies in the introduction of appropriate farming practices or advancement in the battle against poverty and malnutrition.

Programs

Since 1959, Self-Help International has spanned the globe fighting hunger and promoting self-reliance in developing countries. Today, Self-Help focuses on three main programs in two countries, Ghana (West Africa) and Nicaragua (Central America): *Improving Agricultural Opportunities: Self-Help's primary crop focus is Quality Protein Maize (QPM), a naturally-occurring corn variety with greater protein absorption and higher yields than traditional corn grown in those countries. Self-Help has not only started the widespread use of QPM in Ghana and Nicaragua (improving income and nutrition), but has provided education to local farmers on sustainable farming, mechanization, grain drying and milling and seed storage - reducing crop loss by 37%. *Feeding/Nutrition Project for Rural Children: Results from 2007 show notable, healthy weight gains of those 2,500 children consistently eating one meal a day of higher-digestible protein (QPM-based) porridge. Diets, food handling, sanitation and general hygiene are improving through education and monitoring conducted in cooperation with local organizations. *Microcredit Enterprises/Small Business Loans to Women: Women play major roles in households, farms and businesses in developing countries. They want to improve their lives but are limited by lack of credit at reasonable interest rates. Nearly 1,000 women have taken part in the Microcredit program to date with 97% repayment of loans and interest! Successful businesses include: palm oil processing, pig and poultry farming, baking goods and earthenware pottery and trade. *Clean Water Initiative: Self-Help, in partnership with Compatible Technology International (CTI) and Emerging Opportunities for Sustainability (EOS) International, promotes and installs affordable water chlorination systems in Nicaraguan communities. Waterborne diseases in Nicaragua are known to cause bacterial diarrhea, hepatitis A, and typhoid fever. Results from a 2014 in-depth bacterial study conducted by Self-Help showed that contaminated water that passed through the chlorinator resulted in clean drinking water at the point of use, reducing the risk of contracting water-borne diseases and enabling community members to live healthier, more productive lives.

Statistics on Self-Help International

Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2014: $362,103
  • Annual Budget for 2008: $218,082
  • Maximum Annual Budget: $393,525
  • Other funding sources: 28% individual donors, 16% grants, 16% investments, 13% trustees, 11% in-kind community contribution, 8% religious organizations, 8% corporations
  • Religious Affiliation: Founded by a Methodist as an ecumenical organization; services available to all, no discrimination

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