February 2018 Program Roundup
February 28, 2018
Across our programs, the people we serve are continuing to inspire us with their commitment to building a better future for themselves, their families and their communities.
Balema and Madihoi Working Together as Savings Groups and Farmers
Construction of the grain storage building in Bauya, Sierra Leone is progressing well. As the Balema and Madihoi Savings Groups work to complete it, they are excited to begin the one acre sustainable farms.
The one-acre sustainable farming system will incorporate diverse crops–from grains and legumes to vegetables and fruit trees. It will also include a small goat farm to produce manure for composting. The idea is to create a fully self-sustained farming environment that is highly productive and diversified. This will produce high yields with lower risk and higher profit for the farmer.
Our team traveled to Les Cayes, Haiti to expand the Widow Empowerment Program. While there, team leaders spoke with program participants in Jeremie and heard powerful stories of economic empowerment. One group of widows stated, “Most nights before the program our families went to bed without food, but now, as empowered women, our families are going to bed with full stomachs.”
These entrepreneurs are using a hand up from Just Hope to build brighter futures for their families and community. Click here to see how business success has changed their lives…
Our second year in the Dominican Republic is off to a great start. This month students focused on getting to know their city.
The Know Your City field trip allowed the students to practically apply their classroom lessons as they navigated through their city. They visited the Church of Santa Rosa de Lima, Juan Pablo Duarte Central Park, the Municipal Council of La Romana, the Central Electoral Board, the Jumbo Supermarket, the General Directorate of Customs, the Port, the Palace of Justice, the National Police.
Through the Survival Skills program, our 20 students are developing the life skills they need to take care of themselves. Knowing how to find important places of business will help them in the future when they travel for interviews for future employment opportunities.