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...
Feb 18, 2014

San Carlos citizens benefit from clean water

Chlorinator Installation
Chlorinator Installation

Morrillo is a small community of about 200 people, located in the municipality of San Carlos on the northeast shore of Lake Nicaragua. The village is located about 34 km by road from the county seat.

In October 2012 a technical presentation and installation of a CTI-8 water chlorinator was performed, and since then, the community has disinfected drinking water, free of pathogenic microorganisms. SHI staff has paid a monthly visit to San Carlos for the last four months. Self-Help has met with members of the Water and Sanitation department, who have been trained and have trained others in the use of the CTI-8. Trained leaders and responsible staff supplied the Chlorine Tablets and have supervised the operation of the CTI-8 chlorinator with the accompaniment of the community leaders.

The people of San Carlos have benefitted greatly from this water system. They say that they are pleased with the results of the health of their families and are grateful to Self-Help International for bringing this technology to their community.

The photos above and below show the exhibition and installation of the CTI-8 in the water storage tank for the population of Morrillo.

In December 2013, together with Ministry of Health, SHI conducted a course in each of the CAPS towns of San Carlos. To sample water quality well water was tested, which is the main source of supply for the community, and residual chlorine was monitored in the water storage tank and the network of household consumption. The results are:

  • Membrane No. 1 (center plate) with water from the well, with 15 points positive bacteria present
  • Membrane No. 2 (left plate) with water from the storage tank and Membrane No. 3 (right plate) with water from the household network, taken from the house of Don. Efren Urbina. Both samples are free of bacteria.

Thank you for your kindness and support. Your help has brought clean water to San Carlos and many other communities like it.

Chlorinator demonstration
Chlorinator demonstration

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Feb 4, 2014

Angelica provides for family

Angelica, far left, holding her daughter.
Angelica, far left, holding her daughter.

Angélica is 23-years-old and lives in Quinta Lidia. She and her husband are the proud parents of a  3-year-old little girl. They are both in the business of raising and selling pigs. The family does not have their own property, so they keep the pigs on Gustavo’s mother’s farm, so the three of them are in the pig business together.

Angélica received her first loan of $50 in April 2012 and paid it back by August of the same year. She used the loan to purchase food for the pigs. In the same month she received her second loan of $75, to be used for the same purpose, and she paid it back in February 2013.

Right now the family is not taking out more loans because Angélica just gave birth to her second child and they didn’t want to have any debts as they are unsure how everything will go. They hope that as soon as her second child gets bigger they can ask for another loan in order to grow their the pig-raising business.

Angélica, her husband and mother-in-law said that the loan given to them has helped a lot in purchasing more food to keep their pigs big and healthy, allowing them to make a better profit.

Because of your generosity, Angélica and other women in Nicaragua are able to purchase the supplies they need to grow their businesses and support their families. Thank you for your support and donations to Self-Help International.

Some of the pigs Angelica
Some of the pigs Angelica's family raises

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Jan 31, 2014

Abass continues to make progress

Abass inside the incubation house
Abass inside the incubation house

Abass Kwarteng graduated from high school in 2007, but due to financial constraints he was unable to further his education. In March 2013, he enrolled at the Frances and Virginia Training Center and is now enjoying success as a small business owner.

After successful completion of his training at the center in June, Self-Help International granted Abass a loan of $250 to start a mushroom business. By September, Abass had hired an employee and just begun to build his incubation and cropping houses using materials he found locally. A visit by SHI staff in January 2014 showed a new and different picture. Construction is complete and Abass’s mushroom business is on sound footing.

Many young people, men and women, are on the streets of Kumasi and Accra looking for non-existent jobs. Some engage in robbery and prostitution. Abass could have been one of them. Thanks to courses offered at the Frances and Virginia Training Center he is not. Abass is confident in what he is doing and the sky is his limit.

Thank you for your assistance. Your kindness has made it possible for Abass and other young men like him to find success.

Sterilization unit
Sterilization unit

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