NOVEMBER 14, 2011
SEEDS has just come to the end of its third giving cycle. For three years our women have been faithful in their pledges. This year, despite the economy, we have accumulated $32,834.16 to give away! We carefully vetted 8 organizations this year—4 local and 4 international—and are sending $16,417 each to North County Solutions for Change, and Global Hope Network International.
Solutions for Change (www.SolutionsForChange.org) is an exciting, innovative ministry whose mission is to “solve family homelessness one family, one community, at a time.” We were impressed by the long-term commitment (1,000 days) that is resulting in families breaking cycles of unemployment, poor life choices, and entitlement. We love the 3-stage housing that is provided, the professional counseling, the career and resumé direction, and the obvious respect with which the families coming off the streets are being treated. Our gift will be used for a van to help get children to school, families to church, applicants to job interviews, etc.
Global Hope Network (www.GlobalHopeNetwork.org) will use our gift to salary and support 12 Community Health Workers serving 4 Kenyan villages. While it’s sometimes more tangible to fund vans or buildings, we’ve learned that often the most helpful and sustainable project we can underwrite is a person who will be trained, who can then train others, who will train others, etc. Global Hope’s CHWs are “mamas” in rural villages who have been taught the core principles of holistic health. Because they are “one of their own” they are welcomed by the villagers and able to first identify the needs, then help address the 5 areas of sustainability—water, food, wellness, family income, and education.