We have learned to plan with adaptability and patience as key values.Plans in developing nations, much more than in the U.S., are a contest between obstacles and tenacity, usually with limited means. Low tolerance for frustration is a losing proposition. Clock-watchers, beware!

Plans For 2016

We began just wanting to “help out,” but our experience has brought us to a commitment to sustainable development that can make a lasting difference working with a broader range of partners. Our past efforts were too scattered. We recognize that we need greater focus on initiatives with the greates potential to make children’s lives better. In 2016, White Field Partners will:

1.  Aggressively seek partnerships and funding for Hope Innovation Farms. Investing in agriculture, particularly closing the gender gap, is one of the best ways to reduce poverty in Africa. According to FAO analysis, growth in the agriculture sector is 11 times as effective at reducing poverty as growth in other sectors in sub-Saharan Africa. ( The Challenge and The Opportunity)

2. Develop a Days for Girls (DfG) initiative to distribute DfG menstrual hygiene kits to school-age girls.  Not having sanitary supplies meant DAYS without school, Days of isolation.  “Girls use leaves, mattress stuffing, newspaper, corn husks, rocks, anything they can find…but still miss up to 2 months of education and opportunity every year. It turns out this issue is a surprising but instrumental key to social change for women all over the world.” We hope to start a Days for Girls micro-enterprise as part of the Days for Girls Global Alliance.

In support of these two objectives, we will:

  1. Expand and develop our White Field Partners Board of Directors.
  2. Increase our staff.
  3. Take a team to Sierra Leone in Fall, 2016.
  4. Improve accounting and communication processes.
  5. Develop an internship option.