If you did not follow the website link, here is some information on our current programs:
1. Saturday Bible Program
It costs about $1.60 per month to sponsor a child. This includes breakfast and lunch every Saturday. It also helps cover the cost of a village party for the children and parents 2-3 times a year where we can reach the village with the gospel or a Bible message
2. Help Village Families or Impoverished Women Develop a Sustainable Income
If you would like to fully sponsor a start-up business for a woman or village family it costs about $100, but any amount will help them! If you feel the Lord is leading you to sponsor or partially sponsor someone please click here.
*The money will be used to purchase handmade items from them. They will be paid a very fair price for the items they make, and the money they earn will go directly into a fund to help them start the business of their choice. They will also earn extra money for personal expenses as they are starting out. The handmade items will be sent to the States to sell, and the profits will be used to help another family or single mom start their business. So, Lord willing, the initial $100 investment will be used to help many, many families and single moms over time. If you would like more details about this program please click here.
We hope the need to sponsor a village family or single mom will be a temporary one, because the program should be self-sustained once we start selling regularly in the States.
If you would like to be personally connected to the woman or family you sponsored please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Many of the women in our current group have mentors in the States who are writing to them, and they LOVE to get letters from the States!
Here are some of the logistics behind the jewelry program:
We want discipleship to be the top priority in everything we do, but we also recognize that God cares deeply for our physical needs. Because of this, we would love to help impoverished women and village families rise out of extreme poverty while discipling them at the same time. We are hoping to do this using a self-sustained business model.
Poverty is widespread, and it can be almost impossible for an uneducated single mom to rise out of her situation because of the extremely high unemployment rate and the lack of capital to start a business.
In the villages farming is the main source of income. There is no irrigation and crops are completely dependent on good rains. If the rains are poor it leads to famine. Villages have almost no job or business opportunities.
Parents do not have enough money for food, medical care or school fees for their children.
While we started by sponsoring children, we feel it may be wiser to move forward by addressing the problem rather than the symptom. The problem is lack of work, the symptom is no money for school fees, medical care or food.
Our hope, Lord willing, is to provide parents an opportunity to earn money to start their own businesses and cover the cost of their children’s school fees and medical care.
Our current plan is to:
1. Teach parents how to make jewelry, leather shoes and other handmade items that can be sold in the States. As we teach them we will meet weekly for Bible study and also teach them good business or farming practices.
2. Buy the items from them at a fair price.
3. The first $100 they make will goes towards establishing them in the business of their choice or towards buying animals (like chickens, goats, cows etc.) for village families($100 goes a long way here). We will also buy additional crafts to supplement their income for up to a year, but will gradually buy less and less so that by the time the year is up they should be fully supporting themselves.
The profits from the sale of the jewelry in the US will go to support this program as well as the Saturday Bible program so that they are self-sustaining. We are also praying about the possibility of using extra profits to begin a program for street children.