Food For The Poor Canada launched the It Takes A Village to Build A Village campaign in September 2018 with the goal of building sixty homes in the village of Derac, Haiti. This is part of a larger project, working in partnership with Food For The Poor Haiti and Food For The Poor US to build a village of 120 homes with access to clean water, a new school, a community center, playground, soccer field and income-generating projects to change the lives of 3000 Derac residents. By the end of 2019, with the help of many generous Canadian donors and two lead donors, the funding goal for 60 homes was reached.

With many delays due to political rioting in 2019 and early 2020 followed by COVID-19 in March, work moves forward slowly in Derac; the base line testing, investigation, engineering and the planning of the homes and community are ongoing and we hope to break ground in late fall 2020.

In 2018, the village of Bezin, Haiti received 30 new homes, community water and lights, as well as an egg production chicken coop with 1000 layers. In 2019, we completed the village of Tierra Muscady, building 30 houses and a chicken coop.

Each of these villages raises a community out of poverty, in a sustainable way, creating strong and prosperous communities.

We are also building villages through education, by building schools and providing educational supplies. Canadian donors have built 32 schools in Jamaica since 2010, as part of an island wide project to increase access to early childhood education. In the last 8 years, Food For The Poor internationally has built 120 schools across Jamaica.

WHY VILLAGES?

The first Sustainable Development Goal aims to “end poverty in all its forms everywhere”. We know that poverty is complex and multifaceted. We can build a house for a family, but they will still be hungry, without access to safe drinking water and unable to attend school. With your help, we address the many root causes of poverty to create sustainable development.  We do this by our focus on education, food, housing, health and livelihoods.

 

HOW DO THESE 5 AREAS MAKE AN IMPACT?

A well fed child can concentrate better in school and have the energy and nutrition they need for healthy development. Adults who are hungry find it difficult to work. We help families achieve food security so they are able to participate fully in their communities and focus on meeting other urgent needs.

Education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty. When children are educated, they develop the skills and confidence to help lift their families out of poverty and build strong communities for generations to come.

Families who have access to healthcare and basic medicines have a better chance of surviving illness and disease. They are healthier and are more likely to access education and be able to sustain their own livelihood.

Sustainable livelihood helps communities become less vulnerable to poverty. Livelihood provides families with stability, empowerment and well-being. When people are given the tools, skills and resources to earn a living, they are able to provide the basic needs as well as sustain long-term stability for their families and communities.

Safe housing provides families with security and stability and helps foster a sense of community and togetherness. A safe home will give a family a safe place to raise their children and allow them to focus on other needs such as education and livelihood.