Transformation is the change from a condition of human existence contrary to God's purposes to one in which people are able to enjoy a flourishing life in harmony with God 


What is Poverty?

HOW WE DEFINE POVERTY DETERMINES the way we engage our work

 The World Bank Estimates that 43 % of Africa lives on less than $1.90 per day. However, the number of poor living in Africa has increased by 50 million people in the last 20 years. 

The World Bank Estimates that 43 % of Africa lives on less than $1.90 per day. However, the number of poor living in Africa has increased by 50 million people in the last 20 years. 


Poverty is the result of relationships that do not work, that are not just, that are not for life, that are not harmonious or enjoyable. Poverty is the absence of shalom in all its meanings.”
— Bryant Myers, Walking with the Poor

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.

Our goal is to fight poverty at its core. That's why we believe in an approach called Transformational Development.


Our Approach

Transformational Development

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I use the term transformational development to reflect my concern for seeking positive change in the whole of human life materially, socially and spiritually . . . Changed people and just and peaceful relationships are the twin goals of transformation . . . 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”
— Bryant Myers, Walking with the Poor

Education as a means to transformation must seek positive change in the whole of human life materially, socially, and spiritually. Our work seeks to reach deeply into the root of the problem of poverty. Our goal is to bring about abundance, empowerment, service, and character into the economic, social, political, and spiritual aspects of the poor and disenfranchised people's lives everywhere.

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