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Lilly Oyare is helping Kenya's most vulnerable to achieve their dreams through education. The Little Rock Inclusive Early Childhood Development Center provides youngsters from Kibera, Kenya's largest slum, with a world class educational experience, and a pathway out of generation poverty.
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Farmers of the Future:
Tackling poverty, hunger and malnutrition in the poorest country on earth.
According to the UN Human Development Index statistics, Niger is the poorest country on earth. 70% of the country lies within the Sahara desert. Its 17 million citizens are primarily subsistence farmers, growing barely enough rain-fed crops to feed themselves. With drought conditions in two years out of every five, the food supply is at constant risk and farmers are trapped in a cycle of endless poverty.
But one acre of irrigated crops can generate 20 times the revenue of an acre of rain-fed crops! And Niger is rich in underutilized water resources. With access to water, training and high-quality fruits and vegetables, yields can greatly increase along with the economic and nutritional value of production. If widely adopted, this approach to farming can significantly reduce poverty, hunger and malnutrition in Niger.
In the Farmers of the Future program, the primary school school becomes the “agent for change” within the village. It simultaneously introduces a new farming approach to two generations:
EPN provides water for irrigation and training for teachers, students and parents. Children learn that farming can be a good business, and not just a poverty trap. Mothers sell their produce in local markets, earning $1,000 or more a year, a huge difference for households living on only $1 per day.
We are implementing the program in three phases over the course of a decade:
You can help tackle poverty, hunger and malnutrition in the poorest country on earth through your support of Eliminate Poverty NOW.
Little Rock Scholars:
Helping the brightest students from Kenya's largest slum realize their dreams through higher education.
Vincent lives in Kibera, the largest slum in Kenya. So do Jane and Elizabeth. Living conditions there are truly horrendous. Up to 1 million people cram into a space no larger than Manhattan's Central Park. They live in hovels of mud and rusting metal. No running water. Raw sewage runs through open trenches. There is a pervasive sense of hopelessness. But not for graduates of the Little Rock Early Childhood Development Centre.
For kids from Kibera, education offers the best opportunity for a better life. The Little Rock Early Childhood Development Centre is part school, part community center. Children get a great start in Little Rock's pre-school program, then enjoy Little Rock's many after school programs for primary school students.
As students approach 8th grade they work with tutors paid for by EPN to prepare for their entrance exams to secondary school. Those who score at the highest levels qualify to attend government-subsidized boarding schools. Tuition, room and board is a very modest $1,000 per year. But for families in Kibera it might as well be $100,000. They don't have the money.
The Little Rock Scholars program provides 4-year scholarships to graduates of Little Rock who qualify to attend the country's top boarding schools. These amazing kids overcome extraordinary obstacles to achieve at the highest level. Your contribution to Eliminate Poverty NOW can help change the life of one of these remarkable kids forever. Just click here to donate.
Songhai Women's Capital Fund:
Showcasing what entrepreneurial young women can achieve when given the opportunity.
The Songhai Centre in Benin is dedicated to creating agricultural entrepreneurs and, in the words of founder Father Godfrey Nzamujo, “turning agriculture into a weapon of mass construction.” During an 18-month program students age 18-35 learn best practices and gain hands-on experience in the Centre’s showcase farm.
Historically, attendance at its six campuses has been almost exclusively male and women have had little opportunity to create their own businesses, lacking the training and access to capital. But that didn’t stop Elvire Agbotome. She was deeply concerned about the rampant malnutrition in Benin and wanted to do something about it herself. So she enrolled in the Songhai Centre.
The Songhai Women's Capital Fund, established by EPN, provides low interest loans to women graduates of Songhai to start their own businesses. The Centre administers the program and provides on-going guidance and technical support to insure success. Loans range from several hundred to several thousand dollars to start up a variety of agricultural businesses.
In Elvire’s case, she used her loan to raise chickens, rabbits, fish and crops. When asked about her goals, Elvire replied, “To watch my daughters grow up in a country not known for poverty, but for its strong, innovative women.”
As word of the program spreads, more and more women are enrolling in the Songhai Centre. Enrollment of women at the original campus in Porto Novo increased almost six-fold from 6% to 34% in just three years. With such impressive results the program is expanding to all Songhai campuses.
Your donation to Eliminate Poverty NOW can help one of these enterprising young women start her own business and become a role model for others to follow. Just click here to donate.
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