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...
May 10, 2012

Stakes and Stakeholders Established

Property Stake
Property Stake

Ground has been broken on the acre of land at Nkwakurom in the district of Atwima Nwabiagya for the young adult farmer training center. According to Benjamin Kusi, interim country director in Ghana, four giant poles
were mounted around the perimeter of the land. “Staking the land with these poles secures the area and announces to would-be trespassers that the land is off limits,” reports Kusi.

Kusi has also been busy identifying and obtaining the support of key Ghanaian stakeholders for the building project. “Notifying the appropriate authorities and acquiring their blessing is very important,” says Kusi. In addition to the chief of Nkwakurom and the Ghanaian district director of education, the district chief executive and the principal of the Kwadaso Agricultural College have been approached.   

Now that the site has been selected, Ministry of Agriculture extension personnel and veterinarians are being identified to work with Self-Help staff. Instructional materials are under review and will be edited and purchased soon. 

The process of acquiring land and obtaining permission to build from the appropriate people in Ghana is a painstaking process, says Merry Fredrick, Self Help Director. “It is so different than how we do things here in the U.S.  but fortunately, we are steadily moving forward". 

We are grateful for the support coming in to move the project forward!  It is a very exciting time for young farmers.

Apr 24, 2012

Mothers Learn Too

Mothers Learn Too

Infants and children aren’t the only ones benefitting from Self Help International’s
vitamin program in Ghana, mother’s benefit too!

Mothers of children receiving the protein enriched vitamin supplements are not only learning good
health and nutrition practices when they bring their children to the feeding centers.
Self Help staff provides valuable training and education about nutrition, sanitation and
hygiene  - information these mothers would otherwise not have access too. 

The women then put the new information and techniques into practice in their homes and with their
families. “It’s like a ripple effect,” says Merry Fredrick, Self Help
International Director. “ Mothers inform their families who then inform their
communities. . .the improved practices spread and the entire community
benefits.”

Investing in this education further enhances the benefits of Self Help’s QPM porridge feeding
program to increase protein intake, as well as its distribution of vitamins.
Sound family healthcare practices complement the program and decreased frequency of
illnesses continues..

Apr 24, 2012

Mother's Learn Too

Ghanian women discuss new information
Ghanian women discuss new information

Mothers Learn Too

Infants
and children aren’t the only ones benefiting from Self Help International’s
vitamin program in Ghana, mother’s benefit too!


Mothers of children
receiving the protein enriched vitamin supplements are not only learning good
health and nutrition practices when they bring their children to the feeding centers.
Self Help staff provides valuable training and education about nutrition, sanitation
and hygiene  - information these mothers
would otherwise have no access too. 


The women then put
the new information and techniques into practice in their homes and with their
families. “It’s like a ripple effect,” says Merry Fredrick, Self Help
International Director. “ Mothers inform their families who then inform their communities.
. .the improved practices spread and the entire community benefits.”


Investing in this
education further enhances the benefits of Self Help’s QPM porridge feeding
program to increase protein intake, as well as its distribution of vitamins.
Sound family healthcare practices complement the program and reduction in
illnesses continues to decline.




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