Why Villages?

The first UN Sustainable Development Goal aims to “end poverty in all its forms everywhere.” FFPC knows that poverty is complex and multifaceted. Building a house for a family may still leave them hungry, without access to safe drinking water, and unable to attend school. With your help, we address the many causes of poverty and build sustainable villages by working with Caribbean-based organizations that understand the needs of local communities. Through this approach, we aim to ensure each village is made up of key components that include greater access to food, education, health, livelihood, and housing. 

Food For The Poor Canada does this by focusing on education, food, housing, health and livelihood.

How do these five 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 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 they need 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.

San Antonio, Honduras: Update

Food For The Poor Canada has been working alongside in-country partner CEPUDO to build a vocational training centre in San Antonio, Honduras. The centre, which was inaugurated in early September 2021, will provide hands-on, agricultural training for young adults through grades 7 to 9, and is the first phase of a larger sustainability project. The vocational training centre will provide young people and local community members with the skills they need to live a sustainable future.

Additional phases consist of providing income-generation opportunities such as coffee farming, beekeeping, and women’s empowerment training, and with your support will build a medical health centre to create a healthy community.

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Baramita, Guyana: Update

FFPC is excited to be working with Food For The Poor Guyana to support the remote village of Baramita, where 95% of the population lives in extreme poverty. Following the completion of the Community Centre, the current initiative is building a community library and implementing chicken rearing and plant husbandry projects that provide access to food to families.

With your support, FFPC is also looking to fundraise to build 10 homes in the village, so that families can have a safe and secure space that they can call home.

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Derac, Haiti: Update

Work began in Derac on October 28th, 2020 to build a village for the community. This is part of a larger project, working in partnership with Food For The Poor Haiti and Food For The Poor, Inc. 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 3,000 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. This project has been many months in the making, and has been affected by political unrest in the country and the global pandemic, but is now well on its way to becoming a reality. Currently, 45 out of 60 homes have been completed, with families already moving in. It is projected that the remaining 15 homes will be constructed by the end of 2021.

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Bezin and Tierra Muscady, Haiti: Completed

In 2018, the village of Bezin, Haiti received 30 new homes, community water and lights, as well as an egg production chicken coop with 1,000 layers.

In 2019, we completed the village of Tierra Muscady, building 30 houses and a chicken coop, as well as providing the community with a water source and lights.

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

We are also growing villages through education, by building schools and providing educational supplies. Canadian donors have built 34 schools in Jamaica since 2010, as part of an island-wide project to increase access to early childhood education. In the last 9 years, Food For The Poor internationally has built 120 schools across Jamaica.

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