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...
Aug 2, 2013

Blanca is head of the house

Blanca in her store
Blanca in her store

Blanca Rosa García Martínez is 24-years-old. She lives in Las Azucenas and has two children; one boy, 4-year-old Heyde, and one girl, 1-year-old Kelly. Blanca’s husband, Douglas, does not have a permanent job but works in the field whenever someone asks him to do so.

Blanca has a small store where she sells clothes and shoes and her clients are teachers and Orange field workers from El San Juan.

Self-Help International gave Blanca her first loan of $50 in May 2012. She used the money to purchase more supplies for her store and was able to pay it off at the end of August 2012. Later that month Self-Help gave Blanca her second loan of $75. She had hoped to use this loan to buy supplies as well, but unfortunately one of her children became ill so she used the money to purchase the medicine for him. She finished paying her loan in February and in the same month we gave her a third loan of $100 which Blanca plans to use to purchase supplies for her store.

“I am the head of our house and I really appreciate all the support,” said Blanca Rosa of Self-Help International.

Because of your generosity, Blanca is able to earn more profit in her store and support her family. Thank you for your support of Blanca Rosa and many other women like her.

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

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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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