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 batt...
Give Ochomogo Women Business, Not Charity
Fifteen women in the drought-prone region of Ochomogo, Nicaragua want to build a brighter future for their families. They aren't all literate, but they are ready to learn how to start up small businesses to generate income to better support their families. Each woman already has a strong idea of the business she wants to run and a work ethic to make it succeed. With coaching in basic business planning & start-up capital, they'll be able to meet their basic needs & secure their financial futures. project reportread updates from the field
Empower 450 Women in Ghana with Microcredit Loans
Self-Help International has been battling hunger in Ghana since 1989. Empowering mothers is the key to ending hunger. Women reinvest 90% of profits into the family to feed, clothe, and educate their children. By offering even illiterate women the opportunity to learn basic business skills and the financing to put their skills into action, they are able to start up small businesses, increase family income, and achieve self-sufficiency. project reportread updates from the field
Economic Empowerment for 130 Women in Nicaragua
Self-Help has been working to alleviate hunger in Nicaragua since 1999. Providing opportunities for women to learn business operations, and loans ($50-200) to initiate these enterprises is proving to be successful in this mission. Training and loans for new groups of women, and value-added enterprises further strengthen women's income and voices in society. In order to continue these efforts, funding is needed to support these objectives. Self-Help is proud of its 97 percent return on loans. project reportread updates from the field
SHI: End Malnutrition for 600 children in Ghana
Self-Help provides daily meals Monday - Friday to school children in Ghana. Feeding Quality Protein Maize (QPM) porridge to malnourished children improves their diets by enabling them to consume protein that is critical to brain development. project reportread updates from the field
SHI: Safe Drinking Water for 20,000 Rural Families
Diarrhea is the leading cause of malnutrition in children under five years old. Self-Help International is working with thousands of farm families in Nicaragua to improve food security & alleviate malnutrition. However, poor water quality is compromising these efforts. Water-borne diseases can be life-threatening and regularly prevent parents from working and children from attending school. Affordable access to safe drinking water improves health for thousands of Nicaraguans, especially children project reportread updates from the field
Hands-on training for 100 families in Nicaragua
The Self-Help International Nicaragua Training Center provides financially insecure families with hands-on technical training to increase family income. Demonstration plots allow rural farmers to discover ways to improve yields. Trained staff teach business and marketing skills through the women's micro-credit program. The center uses locally appropriate technology (drip irrigation, energy-efficient ovens) showing trainees how to affordably reduce their environmental impact and improve health. project reportread updates from the field
Self Help Young Adult Training Center in Ghana
The Young Adult Training Center provides 6 months of hands-on vocational training for young adults ages 16+, many of whom lack the formal education & trade skills to gain employment. Skilled staff teach the proper care of poultry, rabbits, goats, mushrooms, snails, beekeeping, plus entrepreneurial & business skills to increase income and provide for their families. The center will increase employment by helping 2500 farmers start their own businesses & attain self-sufficiency in the next 5 years project reportread updates from the field
Help 5 Farmers in Nicaragua Produce 20,000 Meals
23% of Nicaraguan children are chronically undernourished. Protein is critical to proper nutrition, but poor farm families struggle to afford meat, dairy & eggs in their diets. Growing high-protein corn is an affordable way for farm families to feed their children the protein they need. By sponsoring the inputs for 5 farmers to grow high protein seed corn, you will ensure the production of more than 20,000 protein-rich meals, enhancing overall health and nutrition for Nicaraguan families. project reportread updates from the field
Clean water for 1,020 people in Providencia
3 out of 5 children under the age of five in Nicaragua have been treated for acute diarrheal disease (EDA) in the past two weeks. This waterborne disease is completely preventable with proper water purification. By sponsoring clean, safe drinking water for the 100 families in Villa Alvarez, you can improve the entire community's health, enabling the children to spend time in school, not the health clinic, and empowering their parents to live healthier, more productive lives. project reportread updates from the field
Feed Malnourished Nicaraguan Preschoolers
Self-Help feeds 600 children who attend 13 different daycare centers in Nicaragua. Your donations will provide a nutritious, vitamin and mineral enriched meal in a sanitary environment. project reportread updates from the field

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