My passion is to eradicate poverty and build strong, flourishing communities in the developing world. For the past 28 years, I’ve worked the worldover : in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, South America, and now the Caribbean and Central America. Haiti is my 25th country. At the heart of what I do is to engage people in changing their own lives, create opportunities for them to earn a living wage and together imporve the quality of life of the communitities where they live - and then see them fly with their own wings. Poverty is not an identity, it is a manmade state of affairs at a particular point in time – since "we" made it, we can definitely eliminate it.
The first project we postedf on Crowdrise: “Women’s Voices and Choices” is where we began our large agricultural program, The Talia Farms Cooperatives, to eradicate poverty in the Lake Azuei region of Haiti. We started with literacy and leadership training for women because it is part of the social justice we all espouse and which is crucial in alleviating poverty. The women we work with are the farmers, mothers, caregivers and stalwart of their communities and their voices and choices must impact on equal basis the future of all concerned.
The one-year literacy course began in May 2015 and the 40 women graduated June 25th, 2016!! See photos of the graduation ceremony on our website www.ecoworksinternaitonal.org. These graduates are now ready to serve at the highest levels of decision-making of all the organizations we are establishing to provide services and resources in the communitities where they reside.
Although officially it stated that we did not meet our $5,500 goal posted on Crowdrise, in fact we far exceeded it because some donors gave through our website. We are extremely grateful for your generosity and support.
We are now launching a second urgently needed project: "Feed-a-Child" - it is a nutritional treatment for severely malnourished children and pregnant women. Time in this instance is of crucial importance as it concerns saving lives. We've received a grant we must match very quickly. Please help us meet the deadline and make a critical difference in the lives of children's and pregnant women whou suffer from malnourishemnt.
Thank you for your generosity and support.
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