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“I Will Be the One Using Leaves”

Posted by on Aug 6, 2019 in Blog, Featured | 0 comments

“I Will Be the One Using Leaves”

We have the privilege of being one of Deb Bowen’s miracles. Hawa and girls in her Liberian village received lifechanging, reusable Days for Girls feminine hygiene kits from Dignity for Girls. Now four years later, we are helping Dignity4Girls send 1,000 feminine hygiene kits to Liberia. We hope in the future to assist with a Dignity4Girls enterprise in Liberia, which is one step closer to our dream of a Days for Girls enterprise in Sierra Leone. Please visit Dignity4Girls and read Hawa’s story.

Hawa with kits for girls in her village

They Need an Advocate. Will You Speak Out for Them?

Posted by on Jul 6, 2016 in Blog, Featured | 0 comments

They Need an Advocate. Will You Speak Out for Them?

The chance to make a big difference without spending a lot of time or money doesn’t come along very often. Sometimes the main thing you need to do is SPEAK UP, or in other words, ADVOCATE for someone else. (more…)

Why Should Girls Hang Their Heads When They Menstruate? Or Miss School?

Posted by on Jun 15, 2016 in Blog, Featured | 0 comments

Why Should Girls Hang Their Heads When They Menstruate? Or Miss School?

Please help White Field Partners launch it’s GAME-CHANGER Days for Girls initiative in Sierra Leone. Many things impact school attendance throughout the world, but menstrual hygiene is one most people don’t (more…)

Beyond Good Intentions

Posted by on May 31, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

more evidenceMeasurable, lasting impact. I wish it weren’t so elusive. In a developing country, surprise variations of the something-went-wrong scenario can sabbotage great planning. I just (more…)

You Made the Children Shout for Joy about Safe Water

Posted by on May 11, 2016 in Blog, Featured | 0 comments

You Made the Children Shout for Joy about Safe Water

The banner used to dedicate a new well at a school in Port Loko District in Sierra Leone arrived in Rock Island just in time for the end of a winning season by the Augustana College Women’s Lacrosse team. Jim Kopel, who was instrumental in our fundraising campaign to send a portable drilling rig to Sierra Leone, is a huge fan of the team. He dedicated a well to the Women’s Lacrosse Team. What an impact that drilling rig is making!

In 2015, Mariatu’s Hope drilled 14 boreholes. Three were were at schools. Four were in communities that had at least one overused hand pump. Seven wells were drilled in villages with absolutely no water source except the stream or the swamp. In those seven villages, people said things like, “for as long as I have lived and my grandparents and their grandparents have lived, no one has ever tasted well water in this village” or “you have removed the taste of swamp water from my mouth.” WOW!!! For 2016, Mariatu’s Hope is slated to drill 17 new wells.

It’s impossible to overestimate how much difference safe water makes for children’s futures. Thank you, Jim and the Augustana College Women’s Lacrosse team. There’s the Augie Viking in the midst of cheering children.

Congratulations Village Hope Inc. “Jobs Change Everything”

Posted by on Apr 26, 2016 in Blog, Featured | 0 comments

Congratulations Village Hope Inc. “Jobs Change Everything”

We’ve eaten lots of cassava greens and a few boiled tubers, but this is amazing! Village Hope Inc’s gari production plant is up and running. Great job, Jon Bart and team. As you say, “Jobs Change Everything.”

If you haven’t had gari, it’s a West African staple produced from cassava tubers through a multi-step process. We had the pleasure two years ago of dedicating a cassava grater in Lungi to help women bypass the labor-intensive process of grating tubers, but we knew that the de-watering and roasting process are also laborious and time comsuming. Correct processing is crucial for removing cyanide.

Gari cooling and almost ready for packaging

Gari cooling and almost ready for packaging

The gari plant in Masori is a great achievement. It’s part of Village Hope Inc’s strategy to provide jobs through modern, sustainable businesses that will transform communities and raise their living standard to middle class. Their story is worth watchng.

Have You Had Malaria? I Have. It’s Awful!

Posted by on Apr 25, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Have You Had Malaria? I Have. It’s Awful!

Today is World Malaria Day.

GOOD NEWS

  • The global malaria mortality rate was reduced by 60% in the past 15 years, and an estimated 6.2 million lives were saved as a result of a scale-up of malaria interventions.

BUT

  • 3.2 billion people (almost half the world’s population) are at risk for malaria?
  • For every 10 deaths from malaria, 7 are among children under the age of 5.

You can save lives with a $25 donation.

Cooking Shouldn’t Kill

Posted by on Mar 28, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Cooking Shouldn’t Kill

We’ve eaten so many meals cooked over a three-stone fuelwood fire. Even though the kitchen is outdoors, the girl or woman building the fire and stirring the pot is breathing smoke. We popped a hundred bags of popcorn over a woodfire like that, and I felt the smoke stinging my eyes.

The Global Alliance or Clean Cookstoves is doing great research and work in this area. This isn’t only a huge health problem. It’s an environmental threat. We can do better. If you cook on a gas or electric range in your kitchen or warm food or beverages in a micrwave, you probably don’t understand the scope of this opportunity. Please watch Sarah’s story and Julia Robert’s plea at the end.

Why Are They So Tired?

Posted by on Mar 19, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Why Are They So Tired?

Maybe it’s the hard work, fetching water or fuelwood and washing laundry in a tub, but there’s a lot more to it. Forty percent of women in Africa suffer from anaemia, which results in 20% of maternal deaths.  Iron deficiency anemia “can cause fatigue and lethargy and impair physical capacity and work performance.” Some 45% of all mortality amongst children under the age of five is linked to malnutrition.” (One.org report titled “Poverty is Sexist 2016)

That’s why we’re so focused on agriculture and agri-business. Like safe water, adequate nutrition undergirds all development. Think it’s a lost cause, and it can’t be changed? Watch this. One.org is a research and advocacy organizaion. They’re not after your money. They want you to speak up.

 

 

What’s for Dinner?

Posted by on Mar 19, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

What’s for Dinner?

I wanted rabbit farming to be part of Hope Innovation Farms. I even have a book on raising rabbits in the tropics. I imagined teaching children the skills for successful rabbit rearing and helping them constuct rabbit hutches as part of the Junior Farmer Field and Life Schools. Then they would be eligible to receive a breeding pair of rabbits to begin raising rabbits at home.

Rabbits are soft and furry. They’re cute. But even though the multiply rapidly in favorable conditions, they suffer in heat and become infertile at temperatures over 80 degrees. There goes that idea.

But what about these guys? The grasscutters. Excuse the rodent tail, but they’re very high quality meat and highly prized as bushmeat in West Africa. They’ve been successfully domesticated in Ghana and Nigeria, and the market for them seems to be growing rapidly. Hmmm.

Unfortunately, Heifer International isn’t in Sierra Leone, but I wanted to start something based on the same ideas. Maybe there’s a way.