Imagine the struggle of being a parent and not being able to feed your children, take them to the doctor or provide them with safe shelter. For these hardworking families, the burden of poverty, lack of resources and sickness often keeps them from reaching their greatest potential. Through Operation Blessing’s microenterprise and community development programs, families are becoming equipped for success through life skills training programs such as sewing, baking, jewelry-making and carpentry—as well as community farms and gardens, home construction projects, animal husbandry, small business loans and more!
How do community gardens work?
Depending on the location and community’s needs, the scope and type of gardens can vary. In Kimana, Kenya, for example, families are taught how to grow and cultivate crops that can be used to help feed their families and sell in the market for income. A community well provides drip irrigation for the garden, providing a reliable water source for families, crops and cattle—even in times of drought. In places like Guatemala, villagers who lost crops to volcanic ash are learning how to build raised beds out of bamboo to grow and sell nutritious vegetables.
What sort of life skills training do you offer?
Operation Blessing equips individuals with marketable job skills through courses in sewing, baking, jewelry-making, cosmetology, carpentry and more. In some cases, upon completion of these courses, OBI provides individuals and groups with the necessary materials, resources or start-up capital needed to jumpstart their business.
How do animal husbandry programs help families?
The gift of goats and chickens not only help families by providing a nutritious source of food (i.e. goat milk, eggs), but also through the raising and breeding of the animals, families can sell the offspring and use the income to purchase food and medicine, build safer homes and send their children to school.