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...
Aug 2, 2013

Classes underway at new training center

Trainees weigh sawdust for composting
Trainees weigh sawdust for composting

The first class began at the Ghana Training Center for Young Farmers in March with 21 trainees who received technical and hands-on training in an effort to increase income.

The trainees learned about the care and managment of poultry. The next training session will include rabbits.

Trainees are currently digging and cementing a surface for a mushroom shed. Basic training began with Robert Arthur, mushroom specialist, to develop compost for mushrooms.

Students told the staff of Self-Help they are satisfied with the performance of the instructors and are happy to be part of the training. There is a great deal of enthusiasm about the possibilities training will offer each of them for their future.

Your support of the Ghana Training Center for Young Farmers have made these classes and opportunities possible. Thank you for your generosity.

An instructor explains the process to students
An instructor explains the process to students


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


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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