A Self-Help Assistance Program (ASAP)

To cultivate self-reliance and foster cross-cultural understanding through entrepreneurship and education projects.
Sep 26, 2016

It's Springtime in Malawi

The President's state of emergency in southern Malawi remains as food prices continue to rise daily and the value of the Malawi Kwacha drops daily. Poor farming families are forced to cope by eating fewer meals.

It's Spring in Malawi with the temperature up, the rains have stopped and preparation for planting has begun but the eventual harvest is always unsure.  ASAP's Aquaponics project here will make a huge diffrence in the nutrition status of poor families.  Children will have access to nutritious fish and vegetables all year, improving their nutrition come drought or floods.

You can help ASAP make a positive change in the lives of poor farming families. Please donate generously.

Jul 5, 2016

Families Can Overcome The Drought

Malawi women going to market
Malawi women going to market

The President has declared a state of emergency in southern Malawi. Hunger prevails. Food prices rise daily. The Malawi Kwacha has lost half its’ value. UNICEF reports a 100% increase in child malnutrition since December. Poor farming families are forced to cope by eating fewer meals.

 In Chiradzulu district, a vegetable vendor and mother of five, Beauty is up at three a.m. to prepare for the market. The day before, she bought tomatoes and okra from village farmers and packed them in her dengu (woven basket) and now makes the long trip to the market. With her earnings, she hopes to buy some white maize meal. It iscooked into a thick porridge called nsima, Malawi’s staple food. “We are living day to day, eating what we can manage to source for that day,” she will tell you.

You can help families like Beauty’s when you support this project. Beauty’s children will have access to nutritious fish and vegetables all year. Through this home Aquaponics project you will help improve their nutrition throughout the year – come drought or floods. Please help ASAP make a positive change in the lives of poor farming families.

Jul 5, 2016

New Graduates Eagerly Await Tools

TFE Volunteers
TFE Volunteers

Young vocational graduates will soon have a set of tools to empower them to earn a living. Their families will have the income to eat better and improve their lifestyle.

Graduating students are excited because they know Tools For Empowerment will soon ship a container of tools to Haiti, for them. We have had volunteers cleaning and packing tools regularly. We have already loaded and wrapped 4 pallets so things are progressing nicely.  

When sending handsaws, we clean and sharpen them so they work like new. Tools For Empowerment was able to purchase the only old saw-sharpening machine available. It’s actually a set of three machines – one that cuts new teeth, one that sets the teeth properly and one that sharpens the saw. It does a much nicer job than hand sharpening and the new saw owners are very happy with them.

Sending trade tools may not be a very “sexy” project but it’s a very practical approach to improving the lives of families in developing countries. Please be generous in your donation and help change lives with the tools for success.

 
   

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