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 has been reached.
Work has begun in Derac to do the engineering and layout of the homes and community centre and we will break ground in late spring 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.
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.