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. 

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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

San Antonio was identified by our partner CEPUDO in Honduras as a community that could thrive and grow with some targeted development. Since 2021, our donors have been actively responding to those needs. The new agricultural school for children in grades 7-9 opened in September 2021. The students are so excited about their future thanks to our donors! You can read more about the success of this project in Andrea’s blog post here. Coffee farmers and beekeepers received supplies and equipment because of our donors. They learn new skills and how to grow their family business. The local women are also gaining more knowledge to improve their income so they can send their children to school. The construction of the new healthcare clinic in San Antonio began in February 2022! When it opens, families can stay in their community to receive medical advice and care.

Click here to learn more about women’s empowerment workshops in San Antonio.

How can you help?

You can help build a sustainable village in San Antonio, Honduras with your gift today. Your gift will help one Mother learn new skills in the Women’s Income-Generation Centre so she can earn enough money to send her child to school. Your gift will give a child the joy of playing on a new and safe playground. Help build a village in San Antonio with a gift today!

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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, we finished building a children’s library. We are now implementing chicken and vegetable farming projects to provide children and families with access to sustainable food sources.

Click here to learn more and help us grow Baramita into a sustainable community!

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Derac, Haiti: Completed

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. As of spring 2022, all 60 homes have been completed and families have moved in.

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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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