Millennium Goal #1: Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger
Previously in our news posts we outlined the 8 UN Millennium Development Goals, agreed upon by most UN member countries as goals to be reached by 2015. Goal number 1 is to “eradicate extreme poverty and hunger”, with three targets: a) reduce the proportion of people with extremely low income; b) achieve productive employment and decent work for all; and c) reduce the proportion of people who suffer from hunger. At Let’s Give Them Hope, eradicating poverty and hunger is at the heart of what we do. First of all, there is our feeding program which provides a nutritious meal to between 150 – 200 children per day. Secondly, we provide extra food to the poorest families and those who are HIV positive. Thirdly, we try to provide as much employment as we can to local teens and young adults. Fourthly, all of our building programs employ as many local material suppliers and trades people as possible. In terms of the future, we are in the process of developing training programs in carpentry and construction, tailoring and sewing, gardening and farming, and hospitality. We are planning to extend our gardening program, so that the children will learn how to grow their own food and become more self-sustaining. In addition, we are in the planning stages of income-generating projects, starting with raising chickens, and moving on to other projects as we are able.