ND Hope Beyond Charity Initiative
How we work?
The adage goes, “Give a man a fish, he will eat for a day; teach a man to fish, he will eat for a lifetime.” While this statement holds true, John Perkins, a champion of racial and economic justice, challenges us to ask, “ who owns the pond?” So giving individuals fish, which is what most charity organization do, is not an option for us at ND Hope. At ND Hope, We want to teach individuals to fish through our economic empowerment program and eventually gave ownership of the pond because it is only through true ownership can the cycle of poverty be broken.
Beyond Charity will work with families in rural villages in Liberia to help them to be self-sufficiency. Our goal is to support each family for three to five years, starting families that are in extreme poverty and gradually moving them towards self-sufficiency or economic independence.
Year 1- Families enrolled in the program will meet with a Case Manager who will identify the needs of the family and develop a plan to get the family out of poverty. Families enrolled in the program will receive 100 free tuitions, health care, and stipends for food during the first year. An assessment will be completed to determine streams of revenue for the family that will move them towards self-sufficiency. For example, a mother could start a business with an interest-free loan or enroll in a vocational training program. During the first year, family heads will receive training on creating savings and be required to open a saving account and develop a savings plan. We want families enrolled in the program to have a financial safety net, as support will decrease gradually over the year.
Year 2- Families enrolled in the program will receive 100 free tuitions, health care, and stipends for food at a reduced rate of 80 percent. The goal in year 2 is for families to be generating revenues and contributing to their household.
Year 3- Families enrolled in the program will be required to pay 20 percent towards tuition ( for noo more than three children), healthcare and stipends will be reduced by 40 percent. The goal is families enrolled in the program to have ownership of the business, material, etc. For example, a Mother who enrolled in the program and attended a vocational training program to learn how to sew, should own her sewing machines and be working. We will work with community partners to provide some of the equipment free or at a reduced price for program participants.
Year 4- Families enrolled in the program will be required to pay 40 percent towards tuition ( for no more than three children), healthcare and stipends will be reduced by 60 percent. We will start to work on an exit strategy, empowering participants to engage in their communities, and teach the importance of “paying it forward.”
Year 5- Families enrolled in the program will be required to pay 40 percent towards tuition ( for no more than 3 children), healthcare and stipends will be discontinued. Participants will be reevaluated; the goal is to have the participant reach a place of self-sufficiency.