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. SELF-HELP'S INIATIVE 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 persistent chronic hunger and poverty; we help tell their story Train: We trai...
Jul 22, 2013

Bedaabour children happy with program

Francis, Patrick, Constance and Vida.
Francis, Patrick, Constance and Vida.

A lot of good things are said about Self-Help International’s (SHI)  Children’s Feeding Program. Emelia, a KG instructor at Bedaabour Basic School tells Self-Help the feeding program has increased school enrolment from 90 to 150 within a year.

According to Emelia, the children come to school early, the frequent requests to leave during lessons has reduced, and some of the children keep their pocket money.

The staff of SHI had a chat with four children who know how beneficial the feeding program is. Francis, 6; Patrick,
7; Constance, 6; and Vida, 5, are exceptionally grateful.

When asked, “What would you like to say to the people helping to give you breakfast?” They responded  with big smiles and said, ”We like the food and they should please continue.”

Thank you for your generosity and support. Your donations have helped to improve the lives of children at Bedaabour Basic School as well as in other Ghanaian communities.

Emelia and children
Emelia and children

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Jun 6, 2013

Margaret: Keeping her dream alive

Margaret and two of her children.
Margaret and two of her children.

A number of young girls in Ghana become pregnant after completing Junior High School and their dreams of growing up to be nurses, teachers or doctors are shattered.

Margaret  Owasu, 43, became a mother after O-level (Junior High) but kept her dream of becoming a teacher alive. She started as a pupil teacher in her community in 1994.

She has been a beneficiary of Self-Help micro loans since 2003. She bought a deep freezer in 2005 which she uses to sell water and ice cream for additional income. She admits that without the loans she and her five children could not survive.

In 2012 she enrolled in a three-year program to earn her diploma in Basic Education by distance learning. She promises to dedicate her project work (thesis) to Self-Help. She prefers to call the Self-Help International loan as "semanhyia" meaning "savior."

Your support of Self-Help's Micro-Credit Program has helped Margaret, and many others like her, on the path to success. Thank you for helping to keep dreams alive.

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May 14, 2013

Clean water improves health in Laurel Galan

Water Committee members test the water
Water Committee members test the water

Laurel Galán, is a community located about 10 kilometers from San Carlos. It has five sectors and a population of 1,400 people. In 2011 Self-Help staff visited the community to establish a Water Committee that would examine
Laurel Galán’s water quality and at the same time promote the CTI-8 Chlorinators.

In June 2012, Self-Help installed the first chlorinator in the community. It was set in a concrete collector with the capacity of 34 cubic meters of water.

The beneficiaries are really happy with the results of this new technology and found that improving drinking water has had a direct impact on the health of their families. On behalf of the community, the Water Committee President Walter Machado thanked Self-Help International for bringing technology that is good and easy to get and also effectively cleans the water.

According to Nurse Alicia Machado Ocampo, who is in charge of the Health Center at Laurel Galán, the treatment of the water with the CTI-8 Chlorinator has had a positive impact on the community’s health. Now the Health Center staff are collecting data to support their theories.

“The people are healthier, especially children, even though at the beginning they had to get use to drinking the chlorinated water,” said Alicia. “We still need to work on the hygienic practices of this community. Starting with their own homes and family members”.

Alicia said that before using the CTI-8 Chlorinator people used to visit the health center with diarrhea, parasitic disease, and kidney infections among others. Now there are fewer patients with these types of problems.

Some areas of the community are not receiving chlorinated water yet. In this part of the area, the water is stored
in a big metal container. Because of this it has been challenge for the Water Committee and Self-Help to install a CTI-8 Chlorinator.

Thanks to your support, Self-Help International can continue to provide clean water for Laurel Galán and communities just like it.

Nurse Alicia Ocampo
Nurse Alicia Ocampo
Walter and Orlando installing the Chlorinator
Walter and Orlando installing the Chlorinator

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