Giving Thanks…Thailand and Mexico
Written by Dahlia Guajardo on November 25, 2013 in General
With Thanksgiving nearing, many of us look forward to a table full of food and family. In this time of joyful expectation, Plant With Purpose is reminded of how thankful we are for more families growing more food to sustain themselves in Thailand and Mexico! Thank you for joining Plant With Purpose to support environmental and economic renewal in the developing world!
In Thailand, we give thanks for:
Empowering spiritual leadership…
during the Thailand Holistic Ministry Conference attended by 300 church leaders! The conference offered leaders an opportunity for growth and encouragement through sharing successes and challenges in their respective communities. Holistic Ministry focuses on restoring our connection with the environment and each other through relationship with God.
Expanding access to land…
by helping members of the marginalized hill tribe communities gain legal status. In 2013 alone, 606 marginalized hill tribe community members have received Thai legal status and can now access land because of Plant With Purpose’s efforts.
In Mexico, we give thanks for:
Gardens that feed families…
by increasing food production. To date, 707 families have been equipped to grow more food through family gardens, and over 100 new gardens will be established before the year’s end.
in Oaxaca where Plant With Purpose has constructed 37 large-capacity cisterns and 42 sophisticated wood-saving stoves. These technologies benefit families and communities by conserving local forests and storing water. This year, Plant With Purpose has expanded its production of fuel-efficient stoves and water cisterns by training 18 volunteer promoters in their production.
Natanel, left, with his wife, Amelia
For Natanel Contreras Ruiz, from the community of La Reforma, “Having a wood saving stove is a great advantage. My wife no longer has to breathe in smoke while she is cooking.” Natanel also grows a family garden and helped start a savings-and-loan group. He describes the outcome of his participation in Plant With Purpose programs, “I have seen my family’s income benefit. We did not have the money available to buy basic necessities and now I can purchase things like power for my house.” In the future Natanel hopes to expand his vegetable production and work as a volunteer promoter.