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...
Apr 22, 2013

See how Kobby is thriving

Kobby is thriving!
Kobby is thriving!

When Kobby was about 2-years-old he lost both parents. His grandmother, in her 70s and living in Worapong, took responsibility of raising him.

The Self-Help International staff knows Kobby's grandmother who is in the micro-credit program. Realizing her constraints due to age and the great needs of Kobby who appeared undernourished, Self-Help staff members felt they should extend assistance to her plight by providing Quality Protein Maize porridge and other nutrients. As you can see from the photo, Kobby, now three-and-a-half, is thriving and his grandmother is extremely grateful for the assistance to keep her grandson healthy.

On a normal basis our feeding program benefits groups of children, but in some cases when children are found in extreme conditions, Self-Help International will offer one-on-one assistance.

Self-Help was certain our donors through Global Giving would understand this unique situation. It is because of your endless support that we are able to help children like Kobby.

Kobby before Self-Help International
Kobby before Self-Help International's assistance.

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Mar 7, 2013

Education for Akosua's kids

Akosua
Akosua's pottery

Akosua Ehu is the leader of a small group, but the size of her group does not adversely influence their ability to be successful in various ventures including pottery making and large scale farming. With only three other women in Akosua's group, many might assume they have had little influence in their community but surely her seven kids would have to disagree. In the last eight years, Akosua has taken out 14 loans to increase her inventory of clay for her pottery business but more importantly, to pay for her children's school fees. 

"With the loans, I have been able to send some of my kids to learn various apprenticeship trades," said Akosua.

With many of her kids now working or taking apprenticeships, Akosua has decided to put more resources into expanding her business. She has the contacts already as her business has been around for a long time but she has been unable to buy in large quantities and keep costs down.

Her goal is to expand her business by purchasing larger quantities of firewood and clay to produce more pottery to sell at the nearby markets. She is not interested in another type of business or training because she says "[Pottery making and selling] has more potential if well developed."

Over the past eight years as she has expanded her business, she has continually recognized how to further expand and stay on top of her expenses to continue earning money to pay for her children's school fees.

Your continued support is greatly appreciated. It helps women like Akosua grow their businesses and in turn keep their children in school.

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Feb 6, 2013

Training Center Nears Completion

Ghana Training Center
Ghana Training Center

In January I visited the training center, and was very impressed with its progress. Furnishings are coming in for the classroom, and the first training session begins March 1. What we need to get started is support to purchase 250 day-old broiler chicks, 250 day-old layer chicks,10 rabbits and three pens!  Hope you can help as word is getting out to young adults about the training center!

The classroom holds room for 25 trainees, and already 37 applicants have registered to learn poultry and rabbit production! When meeting with several young adult men and women, it was exciting to see their enthusiasm and belief that this opportunity will increase their income so they can stay on the farm! 

Self-Help is blessed to have six Ghana professionals volunteering time and talent to teach trainees about vaccinations, maintenance and proper care. The Self-Help staff has prepared power point presentations for each session that demonstrate details required of each animal, bird, or product. The visit to the center was very special, and the plan is to extend the fall training session to include mushrooms.

Thank you for your support, and we hope that you continue to recognize the importance of keeping young adults on the farm. Our project strives to achieve that!

Chicken Coops
Chicken Coops

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