In my village Ufuma in Anambra State Nigeria, I & and my mother support the widows with food aid. Though we would like to do more than we are doing right now by raising awareness of the plight of widows especially the uneducated widows in our society.
Pour cette occasion, je dis aux dirigeants Europeens et Américains de donner a l'Afrique, une part de prise de decision dans tous les haut sommets, cela contribuera enormement a son developpement. Aux dirigeants africains, je dis non a l'enrichissement des gouvernement et donc une bonne gestion des deniers publiques.
AFOH ousmane, TOGO
Malawi, my country, is one of the poorest countries in the world. Almost 80 percent of the population live in the rural areas and live on less than one dollar per day. A lot of people rely on begging along the streets.
However, most of these people look physically fit. When I try to ask them why they don't look for alternatives rather than begging?, for the youngsters,I ask them why they don't go to school? The common answers I get are that they lack basic needs to go to school and that they are ready to go if helped.
I told the elders not to rely on begging but look for piece work to do so that they can get something out of that and help themselves.
As of now, I see a change little by little as beggars could ask if you have a piece work they can do for you so that you give them something. This indicates that if you can find something for them to do, say, give them capital to set up small business, they can stop begging, feed themselves and send their children to school, thereby ending poverty and hunger.
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We believe in the economic empowerment of the people in the least developed countries on earth. Grow Movement uses remote volunteer consultants on an ultra low cost base to help entrepreneurs in these communities realise their dreams, relieve poverty and create employment. Our sponsors and volunteers help improve the world one small action at a time and see the results for themselves.
Results of our first 40 completed projects
The assessment and audit have enabled us to establish key performance indicators in line with our charitable objectives to support the fight against poverty:
By working to these objectives, we believe we will support the development agenda where it is needed the most.
1 Inflation adjusted at a rate of 18.7% to August 2011 using the business owner’s testimonial of their change in profitability since working with Grow Movement
2 All the businesses stated Grow Movement was a major influence on the job and profitability increases
Full story at http://growmovement.org/results.html .
Poverty and hunger cannot be eliminated but by collective efforts of everyone the world over especially the volunteers. At my organization, we have been able to bring community development programs down to the poor simply because of the collective efforts of the UN-Online volunteers services that we are enjoying free of charge. These are some of the live examples among others: This year, Mr. Scott Roswell a UN-Online volunteer based in Canada decided to become onsite volunteer when traveled all the way from Canada to come and kick-start on a community Rain water harvesting tank project aiming at ensuring access to clean water by community people based on the international standards. The following blog link shows what Mr. Scott did http://wp.me/pHagH-7p and the this particular link shows the current water situation that we are trying to reverse with Mr. Scott http://wp.me/pHagH-19
THANK YOU UN-ONLINE VOLUNTEERS FOR THE GREAT SERVICES YOU SURELY EXTEND TO OUR ORGANIZATIONS AND COMMUNITY AT LARGE FOR FREE
We fight poverty through granting of loan to women at rural areas, providing food for orphans, conducting seminars to educate them on important of small and medium enterprise.
Our organization is Uchange Foundation For Development.
Bangladesh Foundation of Human Rights
Most countries have agreed to a set of ambitious targets for poverty reduction and sustainable development through the development goals contained in the UN Millennium Development Declaration. Achieving the targets set for 2015 - including reducing extreme poverty by half and eliminating hunger- is a major challenge for all countries. Most OECD countries have agreed to devote 0.7% of their gross national income (GNI) to development assistance. Although most fall well short of this target, there is new readiness, as evidenced at the UN Conference on Financing Development in Monetary, to increase aid efforts.
Increasing trade and investment liberalization is also vital, and has sustained economic growth in OECD countries as well as benefiting a number of non-OECD countries. Its importance for sustainable development cannot be underestimated. but needs to be accompanied by appropriate national policies to ensure social and environmental benefits as well as economic growth.
Mi nombre es Ana Cristina Maldonado y soy voluntaria de Un Techo Para Mi País-Ecuador; porque para mí no es suficiente con sólo ser sensible ante la pobreza, ya que para que exista un cambio deben haber ACCIONES. Porque no me gusta la APATÍA, porque simplemente quiero ver que la ESPERANZA se transforme en REALIDAD.
Un Techo me ha cambiado la vida, no se compara con dar caridad, porque son acciones que dan un cambio sostenible a largo plazo. Nos permite enfrentarnos al latinoamericano que normalmente no vemos y que se esconde tras las cifras de pobreza.
Es mentira que el futuro es de los jóvenes, porque el presente es nuestro; el presente es de los jóvenes que estamos cansados de la injusticia social.
My name is Ann Marie Warmenhoven. I volunteer in Haiti to help a community-based organization, SAKALA Ayiti, to fund, launch, and manage the Jaden Tap Tap (Tap Tap Garden), an urban agroecology, poverty alleviation, and food security initiative in Cite Soleil. Set on over of land in Cite Soleil that was once a garbage dump, the garden now has more than 600 brightly-painted tire gardens , 4000 tree nursery, and flower garden- making it Haiti's largest urban garden.
Launched in October 2011 and inaugurated January 2012, the Jaden Tap Tap is a source of hope, as well as improvements in food security, health, environment, and community development for the marginalized community of Cite Soleil. Furthermore, the Jaden Tap Tap aims to be a model for urban agriculture for the neighborhood, country, and the world- demonstrating that bountiful, nutritious gardens can be grown in even the harshest conditions.
As part of Pax Christi Ayiti’s SAKALA youth empowerment program, the Jaden Tap Tap is also a living classroom, providing youth with a safe, positive environment in which to learn the basics of agroecology, agroforestry, nutrition, and to develop their leadership and entrepreneurial skills. There are currently 250 youth and young adults in the Jaden Tap Tap program, each of whom is training to be a “specialist” on specific crops and thus serve as a resource to neighbors seeking to replicate the tire gardens in their own households. Each day, every member and many neighbors-in-need are fed a healthy meal with fresh vegetables from the garden. My experience is that these urban youth now have a better understanding of where food comes from, what to eat, and are healthier because of their daily access to a good meal.
Day-to-day management of the Jaden Tap Tap is led by 10 "at-risk" young adults from the 3BB neighborhood of Cite Soleil and the nearby displacement camp. These young adults, most of whom didn't finish 5th grade (if they went to school at all) were trained in the basics of urban agriculture, leadership, and entrepreneurship. They are tasked with making sure the garden runs efficiently, providing food for the soup kitchen and to be sold to generate income, which is then split between themselves and a "community insurance fund" for members of the community. My experience working with these young adults has proven that investing just a little bit of time and attention in people (who are usually dismissed) to realize their potential is the most important thing a volunteer can do. In just three months, these young adults have visibly changed, showing pride, self-confidence, leadership, and skill.
To view a video on the garden (I'm in it), please click here: http://bit.ly/taptapvideo
I first visited Haiti in December 2009 as a master's student at Florida International University and a University of Miami course entitled "Challenges to Sustainable Development in Haiti". We had no idea how drastically those challenges would be be magnified until 10 days later when the largest natural disaster in 100 years struck Port-au-Prince while we sat in class. My dedication to promoting sustainable development in the world was magnified that day too. As a MA and MBA student, I found I had a set of management and communications skills to offer communities in Haiti. When I was approached by SAKALA to help them start an urban garden, I jumped at the opportunity. I have been to Haiti every month since October 2011 when we launched the Jaden Tap Tap, each time as an unpaid volunteer, supported by private contributions to Bochika, a small 501c3 I founded after the earthquake to enable me to continue to volunteer in Haiti. I look continuing a life of service, to help promote economic opportunity, opportunity and hope throughout the world.
Sou sociólogo e pesquisador. Eu trabalho com a população em condições de extrema pobreza, buscando comprender as estratégias, utilizadas por essa população, na apropriação do espaço público.
Assim, com este tipo de atuação, tenho acesso à imprensa escrita e falada e penso estar subsidiando a elaboração de políticas públicas (especialmente as educacionais) específicas para esse grupo populacional de reinserção social.