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...
Jan 22, 2013


Kobriti Kindergartners Enjoying Breakfast
Kobriti Kindergartners Enjoying Breakfast

Kobriti is a small farming village of 500 inhabitants, 7.5 miles from the district capital Ejura. The inhabitants are predominantly settler-farmers who migrated from the northern part of Ghana. Typical of most rural communities, Kobriti lacks the most basic infrastructure, most notably, electricity. The primary school in the village has only three classrooms, built of cement blocks. The remaining classes include a nursery and Kindergarten organized under trees. The school serves children of the Kobriti village as well as several other villages, some as far as 1.5 miles away. Children, as young as two, walk to and from school daily and are required to cross a waterway that can be flowing too fast for crossing. As a result, children are unable to attend classes for days, possibly weeks, until the water levels decrease. 

Realizing the great benefits that children derived from the school-feeding program organized by Self-Help International the people of Kobriti decided to continue with the program under the strong leadership of Martha Bruckner. When the feeding program was started, on average of 45 children were fed daily. One year later, the impacts of the program were clear as more children continued to turn up for school. The average daily number of children fed increased to 80. The children are fed either breakfast or lunch— prepared from QPM or rice grown locally in the community. The increased enrollment was key in the government’s decision to continue building classrooms in Kobriti.

Members of the community gave the following reasons to explain why they reorganized the feeding program and why it has grown exponentially:

  • Parents and the community as a whole noticed and appreciated the substantial differences in the growth and general well being of the children during periods that they were fed under the program and periods that they were not.
  • School attendance during the feeding period wasfar better than during the period of no feeding.
  • Cases of skin diseases among school childrenwere far lower during the feeding period.

Martha Bruckner, Kobriti’s representative at the district assembly for 12 years, is the driving force behind the community’s development. She is now the District Chief Executive for the Ejura Sekyedumase district.

Thank you for your generosity and support. Your donations have helped to improve the lives of children at the Kobriti School as well as in other Ghanaian communities.

Martha with 3 of her adopted children.
Martha with 3 of her adopted children.


Dec 5, 2012

Sarah's business grows with loan from SHI

Sarah's business in 2009.

Sarah Tawiah is a 37-year-old mother of four children, three of whom are in school. She is married to Daniel Tawiah. Sarah is a native of Nkawie Panin, a farming community in rural Ghana. 

Self Help International has worked with Sarah since 2009. In 2009 her business was small. She could sell just a handful of vegetables on a small table. She received her first loan in 2009 and has progressed successfully. She has received three more loans since her first.

It is extremely satisfying when rural poor women take loans, provide for their families, and grow their businesses with the loans.

Sarah now owns a store and sells many different items ranging from fresh vegetables to canned fish. She is popular in her community for selling fresh and roasted fish.

With her last loan Sarah bought a medium size deep freezer. She tells Self-Help the days of travelling to Kumasi (25km away) daily to buy fresh fish are over.  She said, “I will travel less, sell more fish and make more profit.”

Sarah also boasts of a television and a cell phone, both things she did not have in 2009. With her television she gets to know of prices of goods in other parts of the country.

In the meantime, her four children are enjoying better nutrition, clothes, school uniforms and money to pay for school.

Success stories like Sarah’s are made possible by your generous donations.Thank you for your support!

Sarah's business now.


Nov 7, 2012

Steady Progress at Ghana Training Center

Training Center
Training Center

Steady progress continues with the construction of the young adult farmers’ training center in a rural community outside of Kumasi, Ghana. 

The building will provide classroom space for 25 trainees who will receive both instruction and hands on experience beginning with chicken and turkey production. Rabbit production will be introduced later in the year. 

The Ghana Self-Help staff along with area agricultural professors are finishing the training curriculum, appropriate for grass roots farm men and women.   

Excitement is in the air as Self-Help gets closer to initiating this new program designed to provide new skills and means to increase income beyond crop production.  New options allow young families to increase income and remain on the farm. Your support will help us to furnish the classroom so that we are able to begin instruction in early 2013. 

Training Center Classroom and Office
Training Center Classroom and Office


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