You can help the very poorest families in rural Haiti permanently escape extreme poverty. Beyond Borders Family Graduation program is an 18-month asset-building initiative that equips families with the resources and skills they need to begin earning a living so that they can provide for themselves, send their children to school, and live with independence and dignity.
On Lagonav Island in Haiti, we're working to help the very poorest rural families escape extreme poverty. These families are especially vulnerable, often with young children and no means of support. Women lead most of these households, and they are often isolated from their neighbors, destitute, with hardly any shelter and little or no means to feed, clothe, and educate their children. We are determined to help these families permanently escape extreme poverty and reclaim their dignity.
We're using an approach called The Graduation Model, proven globally to help families lift themselves out of extreme poverty in 18 months. Each family receives: assets to earn a living with, for example livestock, or goods to start a small store; training to manage the assets and start saving; initial cash support to reduce the need to sell their assets in an emergency; weekly coaching visits to reinforce skills, and build confidence; and access to healthcare so they can stay healthy and work.
Since 2016, Beyond Borders' Family Graduation Program has empowered 231 families in 7 communities to escape extreme poverty. Of the most recent cohort to graduate: 100% of families prepare at least one cooked meal per day; 100% of their children go to school; 87% planted vegetable gardens; 100% have at least two income-generating activities; 94% participate in savings programs; 99% have safe, dignified housing; and 97% have a plan for the future to keep their families out of extreme poverty.