Celebrating Growing Out of Poverty:
2016 Planting Hope Gala
Written by Plant With Purpose on October 13, 2016 in General, News & Events
At the Planting Hope Gala on Saturday night, we celebrated families growing out of poverty. We celebrated the fact that Plant With Purpose families cut their level of poverty in half-families like the Garcias.
Alier Garcia used to think that he had to choose between providing for his family or living with them. Envisioning a future where he could provided enough for his family in the rural community where they lived was impossible.
Everything changed when Alier met Plant With Purpose. His dream for his family shifted as life in his rural community seemed possible. He could provide for his family by restoring the land, planting a flourishing farm, and growing in his walk with God. And slowly he began to see that with God, he could to immeasurably more than he imagined (watch Alier’s story on YouTube).
The Garcia’s are one example of God doing more than we can ask or imagine through the work of Plant With Purpose. We never imagined that trees and soil conservation barriers would build resilience on farms in hurricane-hit Haiti. We never imagined peace and reconciliation could come to the Kakumba watershed in war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo. We never imagined that the poorest of the poor could save $2.5 million dollars through Village Savings and Loan Associations.
Executive Director Scott Sabin shared these words from Birori Dieudonne, our director in Congo:
“The way is still long but we hope to do better and save human lives. As you heard people from Kakumba singing when you were here, ‘Be strong Plant With Purpose. We are behind you.'”
Thank you for being behind Plant With Purpose. Your vision and dedication to walk with Plant With Purpose is opening doors for God to do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine. The 2016 Planting Hope Gala raised $246,000 to go toward helping families grow out of poverty. And we cannot wait to see what he does next through the support of many.