Winter Sower: Education for Rural Girls
Written by Plant With Purpose on November 25, 2014 in General, Sower
By Scott Sabin, Executive Director
When I began working at Plant With Purpose 22 years ago, one of the things I quickly came to appreciate was the organization’s commitment to upstream solutions – both literally and figuratively.
In a watershed, what happens upstream affects everything downstream. If there is a source of pollution at the headwaters of a river, the water will be polluted all the way to river mouth. If a river floods and devastates the neighborhoods along its banks, the cause often lies upstream.
At times we are tempted to respond directly to immediate needs. We have been tempted to start feeding programs or to build houses, clinics, and schools. But we try to stick to what we know best – upstream solutions that create prosperity, hope, and fruitfulness – and operate with the belief that individuals, once empowered, will begin to solve their own downstream problems.
Read more about upstream solutions and the results from the 2014 Impact Evaluations from Executive Director Scott Sabin.
Unexpected Outcomes: Education for Rural Girls
By Becky Rosaler, Marketing and Events Coordinator
In rural communities, collecting firewood and water are timely tasks that fall on the women to fulfill. Young girls are often pulled out of school to help their mothers complete household jobs. However, families that partner with Plant With Purpose are more equipped to send their daughters to school. For families with water sources closer to home, access to savings and loans from community based microfinance groups, and a better awareness of natural resources, girls are able to imagine a future benefitting from their education.
Read more about the transformation in rural communities that allows girls to gain a valuable education.
Gifts of Hope
Dismas Ndakazi and his family in Burundi experienced life change from their partnership with Plant With Purpose. Through agriculture trainings and participation in community based microfinance groups, the Ndakazi family has improved their diet, income, and found a new hope for the future.
This Christmas, you can help families like the Ndakazi’s transform their lives. By purchasing Gifts of Hope on behalf of someone you love, you are supporting families in poor, rural communities as they change their circumstances.
Read more about how chicks, trees, and gardens can change the lives of families like the Ndakazis.
Village Spotlight: Ojo de Agua, Mexico
By Annelise Jolley, Outreach Coordinator
A small mountain village in Mexico was stripped of its trees and productive soil as residents cut down trees to sell as firewood and charcoal for income. The community of Ojo de Agua began to reforest their land in 2001, after partnering with Plant With Purpose. Now, families take care of a tree nursery with 1,000 seedlings and participate in Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLA), teaching them the value of saving.
Read more about the unity families in Ojo de Agua are creating as they save, worship God, and renew their land together.
On December 6th Plant With Purpose and Preemptive Love Coalition will hold a panel discussion from the executive directors about working towards restoration and the coming Peace. The evening will include food trucks, live music by Mayfield, pour over coffee, and a Christmas gift market.
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