At Food for the Hungry (FH), we believe in the fight against extreme poverty. We have worked since 1971 to serve the most vulnerable people on earth through purposeful relief and development. We’re moved and inspired by our Christian belief that every person has intrinsic value and that it’s our responsibility to advocate for the poor and marginalized.
STRIKING OUT POVERTY: INITIATIVES
- Providing basic access to water (not drinking water); the goal is to provide access within homes or a short distance from their home.
- The challenges in the communities that we serve is that most water infrastructure, if it exists at all, is outdated, unusable, not maintained and has not been developed along with population growth.
Water Purification Systems
These communities lack access to clean water and therefore are exposed to water borne illnesses that keep children out of school, elevate medical costs and continue the cycle of poverty. A water purification system will provide the means to purify current water sources, giving them access to safe and clean water.
These communities are in desperate need of community centers that will offer the children a safe place to continue their education, get additional academic help, explore their God-given gifts and take ownership of their community development.
The communities in the Dominican Republic thrive on the sport of baseball. In playing together, the children find camaraderie, teamwork, sportsmanship, physical activity and hope for their futures.
Farmer Training and Capacity Building
Transformation in Agriculture and Nutrition (TRAIN)
- TRAIN’s goal is to improve food security in rural areas of the Dominican Republic through an integrated, gender-sensitive approach. Using the Farmer Field School (FFS) approach to promote best farming practices, farmers will be taken through an intensive training process. Training on appropriate crop production techniques. Each lead farmer will be supported with open pollinated, improved drought/disease-resistant seeds sufficient to plant a household plot.
- To supplement household food intake and promote dietary diversity, Food for the Hungry (FH) will promote the keyhole gardening approach with each family in the community. This approach requires less labour, less water and no costly fertilizers or pesticides and can produce vegetables all year round even under harsh temperatures. Keyhole gardens produce enough to feed a family of eight. These gardens are so prolific that they can support the production of at least five varieties of vegetables at a time, providing dietary diversity for the entire family.
Community Leadership Training and Capacity Building
Through projects, Food for the Hungry staff work with leaders to hone their organization and communication skills. Leaders practice research, problem solving and project management. When leaders are empowered and educated—they create visions, solutions and organize their community to move out of poverty.
Vocational Training provides students with the practical skills that they can use to earn an income for their families and rise out of poverty. Training can be in the area of mechanics, cosmetology, carpentry, metal work, tailoring, baking or computer skills.