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...
Jul 11, 2011

A new beginning for Celine

Celine
Celine

During my recent visit to Nicaragua I visited the children’s feeding centers to see firsthand nutritional improvements among the children. Several U.S. sixth graders decorated recycled tennis balls that we distributed to the children. I was pleased to observe that the children were more alert, had more energy and had greatly improved hand-eye coordination. It was wonderful seeing how thrilled the kids were these presents.

However, one little girl, Celine, quickly went about gathering balls, and hoarding them in her little arms. She was very reserved, shy, and compelled to keep all of them. I quickly learned that Celine had come to the center through her aunt who was now taking care of her. Unfortunately, her mother had given up her four children because she was unable to take care of them.


At 3 and one-half years, Celine arrived at the feeding center only able to speak two words. She had never known such a thing as three meals a day, but rather if there was any food to be eaten. Now, at four years she is becoming more assured that she will get at least one good meal each day. The staff continues to work closely with her to increase her vocabulary, and to establish trust so that Celine can develop into the beautiful child that is within. I am confident that during my fall trip Celine will have developed by leaps and bounds, physically, mentally, and socially.
Because of your gifts, Celine has a new beginning, as do hundreds of other children. Thank you for being a part our of Self-Help’s efforts to alleviate malnutrition among youngsters.

Jun 8, 2011

Erica gives hope to daughter, Jessica

Erica and Jessica
Erica and Jessica

 

Erica gives hope to Jessica

Akua Erica, 37 and a mother of three, became a beneficiary of Self-Help's Ghana Micro Credit program in 2009. She was a hairdresser and had witnessed improvement the program had made in the lives of her community members.

One late afternoon in 2009 she pleaded with the leader of Adom group who allowed her into their group. Erica used her loan to purchase wig/weave-on, which attracted more customers to her salon. Her savings went up in a matter of months and living conditions of her family also improved. She has taken 3 loans so far. Today Erica and her family no longer live in a single room. They live in a chamber and a hall (2-room apartment). She purchased a good used double door refrigerator which she plans to use to sell ‘ice-water’. In recounting benefits derived from becoming a member of the program this is what she had to say;

 “....my greatest joy from joining the program is my ability to provide health care and support for Jessica..”  Jessica is Erica’s second child, 4 years old and suffers from Autism. Erica and her baby move from one health center to another in search of a cure. “...at first Jessica could not do a thing on her own, but now she is able to feed herself...I am confident she will continue to improve....”

Jessica
Jessica
Apr 26, 2011

Dina's Story

Dina at 22 months
Dina at 22 months

Dina Gómez Gutiérrez Rochely was being treated repeatedly at a Health Center in Cruz Verde, Nicaragua for malnutrition and low hemoglobin test numbers. Even after months of treatment doctors were seeing little progress in Dina's overall health.

Dina began attending CICO, a preschool located in Cruz Verde at 12 months of age. She weighed only 8.2 kg (18 lbs) placing her in the 10th percentile nutritional equivalent scale which is used by PANNIN. 

Having attended CICO preschool for 10 months and receiving nutritional meals using Quality Protein Maize, vitamins and minerals provided by Self-Help International, great progress is being seen in Dina's weight and overall health. In February of 2011 at 22 months of age, Dina was placed in the 30th percentile weight range which is normal for her age. Her hemoglobin had also increased to a normal value of 36.

Self-Help wants to thank everyone who so generously donates to their programs to make stories like Dina's possible. Each donation goes towards improving the health and happiness of severely malnourished children in Nicaragua.

 

 

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