Empowering Local Communities
Our projects strive to create livelihood that offers stability and dignity to people and their families. This drives sustainable change and generational impact in the communities where we work.
Our global humanitarian projects directly employ over 100 people across 50 disciplines in West Africa, India, and Mexico. In rural villages, these opportunities for regular and stable employment, otherwise unprecedented in the area, sustain individuals, families, and entire regions. Our microenterprise business model ensures projects are self-sustaining. Local residents that benefit from these projects are empowered to join the project as staff, becoming agents of change in their own communities.
Cameroon, West Africa
In Cameroon, job training and creation is at the center of everything we do:
- At our public libraries across Cameroon, we provide librarian training and job opportunities for the local population.
- At our Total Health Center in Kumbo, Cameroon, we have a dedicated team of local health experts who provide free consultations, run health-consultant training programs, and manage a pharmacy and herbal medicine production.
- Through our Community Health Educator Training program, we are able to train a strong team of local educators who are prepared to share their knowledge with the community and act as a local health resource.
- At our School of Carpentry & Construction we utilize a wide range of modern tools, equipment, and techniques all designed to improve the efficiency, safety, and quality of construction projects in Cameroon.
In India, our large-scale tree plantation with the Tibetan Refugee Settlements provides sustainable job creation and economic growth through our soilreplenishing energy farming techniques using the Pongamia tree.
These efforts began by introducing the Pongamia pinnata tree, a valuable cash crop, which has the unique ability to revitalize depleted soil and produce biofuel. Demonstration plots and nurseries were planted with thousands of Pongamia pinnata seedlings in order to showcase the concept from seed to tree.
Mature Pongamia pinnata trees stand up to 50 feet high and sport hearty dark-green leaves that retain moisture under intense heat. When mature, the tree produces seed pods which can be pressed for oil to be used as biofuel to power pumps, generators, and even heavy machinery like tractors, cars, and trucks
We address the underlying factors responsible for poor health by directly tailoring to the leading health issues for each community we serve, through our total health centers, community health classes, and health product manufacturing. We integrate a range of holistic healing models, which work with existing health infrastructure, providing preventative health care counseling and public health awareness. All of this is done in a manner that encourages financial self-sufficiency, ensuring that our efforts will continue to expand for generations to come.
Cameroon, West Africa
In Cameroon, we are training community health workers to go out into their communities to provide vital public health knowledge and awareness. Our health education classes and awareness efforts are aimed at addressing the lack of access to health knowledge throughout the general population. Our model is the first of its kind in the region.
In Mexico, we are reducing life-threatening dietary diseases through nutritional counseling and organic home gardening. An astounding 70% of adults in Mexico suffer from being overweight or obese—the highest rate on the planet—and we have been able to combat this problem head-on.
We provide the necessary tools for people in rural communities to survive and thrive through our public libraries that offer vocational training, practical development of life skills, and technical knowledge. Providing educational materials to an area of the world where purchasing textbooks is almost equal to the cost of attending school has had an immeasurable impact on the lives of children, adults, and families across the region.
Cameroon, West Africa
We currently have four public libraries throughout Cameroon that are run and operated by our local Cameroonian staff, and we plan to build six more public libraries in the next 24 months.
We established the largest library in the Northwest Region of Cameroon, with over 30,000 books, reading rooms, collaborative work spaces, a children’s corner, reference books, and textbooks.