FIGHTING LOCAL GIANTS
COMPLEX PROBLEMS REQUIRE COMPREHENSIVE SOLUTIONS
WE’RE EMPOWERING LOCAL LEADERS TO FIGHT POVERTY AT ITS CORE.
WE EXIST TO TRANSFORM THE WHOLE PERSON THROUGH SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
getting to a sustainable future requires becoming part of the work that god is already doing.
What is poverty?
We believe that poverty isn’t just a lack of material things – it’s rooted in broken relationships with God, self, others, and the rest of creation. While the symptoms of material poverty – a lack of food, clothing, or shelter – look very similar, different types of poverty actually require very different forms of poverty alleviation.
The poor are poor largely because they live in networks of relationships that do not work for their well-being. Their relationships with others are often oppressive and disempowering as a result of the non-poor “playing god” in the lives of the poor.
Transformational Development seeks positive change in the whole of human life materially, relationally, and spiritually. The twin goals of transformation are changed people and just and peaceful relationships. Changed people are those who have discovered their true identity as children of God and who have recovered their true vocation as faithful and productive stewards of gifts from God for the well-being of all.
Local Leadership: Our projects are envisioned and implemented by a team of local men and women who empower and drive the community to take a leadership role in “being the change.”
Education: Releasing people’s capacity to learn how to learn is key to them identifying capabilities and vulnerabilities in their own communities.
Discipleship: We must know who we and the purpose for which we were created. Therefore, restoring identity and recovering vocation must be the focus of a biblical understanding of of human transformation.
Economic: By enabling the poor to create wealth through businesses, schools, agriculture, and savings we’re promoting work that will last.