Think globally. Act locally.
Our Local Mission is to help the marginalized rural populations of northeastern Venezuela develop their potential and break out of the local cycle of poverty extending over centuries now. We focus on empowering women and their families by integrating reproductive health and family planning with public education and agricultural and environmental projects to help rural communities become productive and sustainable.
We also offer Humanitarian Aid in response to the ongoing social / political / economic crisis in Venezuela, now compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our Global Mission is to show that Population, Health, and Environment Initiatives (PHE) like our own Recipe, can be more effective than single-sector approaches in benefiting people’s lives and the environment. We believe that community-based experiments and initiatives like our own can contribute effective development models for the less-developed world in general.
We are motivated by the win-win synergies which we have gratefully appreciated in our own work.
1) Helping families with their reproductive health frees them from what can be a birthing treadmill, reducing demographic pressures on their countries and the beleaguered global environment.
2) Empowered women put control of their own fertility to work by educating their children and building their communities.
3) Improving rural livelihood and offering agricultural alternatives reduces deforestation (especially in the critical tropics), improves access to clean water and utilities, amplifies the local food base and enhances nutrition.
4) Improving human potential by working on all these fronts lessens the pressure on beleaguered national and global public health care establishments.
We were originally inspired by the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) held in Cairo, Egypt in 1994, where visionary plans were forged to respond to the planet’s most pressing issues, including slowing unsustainable regional population growth, reducing inequities within societies, and empowering women. This agenda evolved into the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for 2015 and currently into the Seventeen Sustainable Development Goals for 2030
We act locally to contribute to this noble global effort in human progress.
“When we dream alone, it is only a dream.
When we dream with others, it is the beginning of reality.”
Dom Camera Helder
The first and crucial step towards empowering women is to offer them the means to control their own fertility.
Once families gain control of their fertility, they can concentrate on giving their children the best possible future through schooling.
Our low-impact rural development and ecological agriculture initiatives serve a dual purpose – to preserve local ecosystems and promote self-employment for rural populations.
Venezuela is in crisis: its lower income people are tragically vulnerable to the lack of public services and widespread scarcity of even common medicines.
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