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...
Oct 7, 2013

School feeding program honored

A student reads a poem during the Open House
A student reads a poem during the Open House

Recently the Amanchia Roman Catholic Primary School held its first Open House since it was established in 1920.

Attendance was overwhelming. Chiefs, Educational Officers, parents, government representatives, political party representatives, NGOs, citizens of Amanchia and many people who had passed through the school were there to celebrate the occasion.

The event featured speeches, poetry recitals, drama and choreographed dances school children up to Grade Two. In his opening speech, the Headmaster of the School, Mr. Victor Owusu thanked Self-Help International for the support given to the school. He was particularly happy about the feeding program as it has helped to increase enrollment by 10 percent. More pre-school kids attend school since the introduction of the feeding program.

According to the staff of Self-Help International,  all the children who participated in the Open House  performances have one thing in common, they eat breakfast prepared from Quality Protein Maize.  Protein plays a major role in the formation and development of their brain.

District Director of Education Cosmos Dzansi, also in attendance at the event, requested for deeper collaboration between Self-Help and the Ministry of Education so that more children in the district could benefit from the feeding program. He later presented a certificate of appreciation to Self-Help on behalf of the school.

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

Recognition for the feeding program
Recognition for the feeding program


Sep 6, 2013

Rebecca Rebuilds

Rebecca in front of her kitchen and store
Rebecca in front of her kitchen and store

In January 2013, the Executive Director and Board President of Self-Help International visited Ghana. Their quest to experience improvements in the lives of SHI micro credit program beneficiaries took them to a remote village, Kyereyaase.  Rebecca, 39 and a mother of four, told them how she was able to build a structure, a joint kitchen and a shop with savings from her business. Her kitchen used to be a dilapidated bamboo structure with no roof.

On March 16, 2013 disaster struck. There was a storm and several structures in Kyereyaase were destroyed. Rebecca’s new structure was gone. The roof flew off and hit an adjacent building and another portion of the building was broken.

When Self-Help visited Rebecca 10 days later, the building was already being rebuild, and very quickly. When Self-Help staff asked Rebecca how she was able to do this her reply was, “with support from the SHI micro loans.”  

Rebecca requested to extend the repayment period of her current loan from Self-Help by one month and our staff agreed without hesitation.

Because of your generosity, Rebecca is able rebuild her beautiful new kitchen and store. Thank you for your support of Rebecca and many other women like her.


Aug 15, 2013

La Esperanza receives water chlorinator

A volunteer helps to install the water chlorinator
A volunteer helps to install the water chlorinator

On Tuesday, July 30 a water chlorinator system was installed in the community of La Esperanza, about 30 kilometers (18 miles) from San Carlos.

Currently, there are about 200 households connected to the new system bringing clean water to nearly 1000 people. Prior to the installation, staff of Self-Help met with members of the community to discuss waterborne diseases and the benefits of quality drinking water. Community volunteers learned how to install and maintain the system.

This simple water chlorinator system will help alleviate illnesses caused from waterborne diseases. Clean water also promotes a healthier diet and good hygiene therefore building stronger minds and bodies.

Your generosity has brought clean water to this community and others like it. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Testing the water.
Testing the water.
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