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 3, 2012

12 Healthy Pre-schoolers Graduate!

12 Healthy Pre-Schoolers Graduate!

 December 9, 2011 was an exciting day for 12 five year olds and their parents in Los Chiles, Nicaragua. Parents and teachers proudly watched the pre-school graduates march to the front of the room, receive  diploma’s and bask in their accomplishments.  “Some of these children have attended the daycare/preschool since birth,” says Alexandra Salas, Self-Help project officer.  Construction of the Los Chiles daycare center was completed in 2006.       

 Through gifting from generous donors in the United States, more than 221 children are able to attend daycare centers in Los Chiles and surrounding communities and receive the protein-enriched Quality Protein Maize meals. Parents, teachers and community members bear witness to the overall improved health and well-being of the children.  “The children are more active and eager to learn basic skills because they are getting the vitamins and proteins they need,” says one parent.

 And, according to Salas, the children are leaving pre-school much better prepared for kindergarten.  . Parents and teachers expressed sincere gratitude and thanks to all the people in America who are making it possible for their children to thrive.

Dec 6, 2011

Weather and floods do not stop Linda!

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Torrential rainfalls caused the Offin River to spill over its banks near Abompe, Ghana earlier this year.  The flooded river submerged the road linking Asugya to Abompe, the only thoroughfare for local villagers. 

 

But the extreme weather didn’t stop Linda, a micro-credit loan trainee, from crossing the flooded river in an old, leaky canoe with her 4 month old daughter to attend the Self Help International micro credit meeting in Abompe.

 

“Linda is very diligent about attending the training sessions Self Help sponsors,” says Benjamin Kusi, project officer of the training program.  Before women are granted micro-credit loans from Self Help they must successfully complete a 6-month training program teaching basic business guidelines  and healthy, day-to-day living strategies.

 

Traveling through extreme, weather-related conditions to attend these sessions is common, explains Kusi. The woman are so grateful for the opportunity to learn how to improve their lives and provide a better lifestyle for their children.

 

Linda will graduate from the training program in February, 2012 and will be eligible for a micro-credit loan at that time.

 

 “It is satisfying to see the confidence and progress these women experience through the training program and financial support from Self Help, “ continues Kusi. “Their lives are literally transformed.”

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Nov 10, 2011

Seylin Blooms

Seylin Blooms

Six month old Seylin Torrez Pineda was wilting just like a flower that droops without sunshine and water. After being abandoned by her mother and put up for adoption by her father, Seylin was listless, malnourished and sad when Martha Gladis Pineda adopted her in 2007.

Her new mother immediately began bringing Seylin to the CICO No. 2 feeding center in El Sector, Los Chiles where Seylin was able to begin a regime of essential vitamins added to maize (QPM) porridge. Within months Seylin was no longer wilting. According to Alexandra Montiel, feeding center worker, Seylin was beginning to bloom and grow into a beautiful, healthy and properly nourished 2 year old little girl.

“Seylin came to the center a sad little girl with no energy to play or socialize. We wondered if she even knew the language as she was not speaking like other children her age,” says Montiel. After a few months of eating and drinking our cereals and cornbread containing protein enriched QPM corn, Seylin had gained 5 pounds and had moved into a healthy weight range according to the nutritional growth chart.

By the time Seylin was 4 years old she was playing with the other children and speaking like a normal child her age. According to Seylin’s adopted mother, Seylin is now able to do so much more and is so much happier. “I am so thankful that Self Help International is helping Nicaraguan children get the nutrition they need for healthy development.” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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