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!
MICROENTERPRISE AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT IN ACTION
From building homes for vulnerable families to kick-starting businesses for single moms, Operation Blessing’s microenterprise projects are making a difference by:
- Creating community gardens in Latin America where single mothers and others come to learn the basics of gardening and harvesting so they can support their families.
- Building homes for children and families in need, whether they lost their homes to flooding, natural disaster or simply the weight of poverty.
- Distributing boats to victims of natural disasters whose primary income was fishing. Operation Blessing has helped restore the livelihoods of many, from hurricane victims in Latin America to Japanese fishermen devastated by the 2011 tsunami.
- Providing life-skills training for at-risk youth to help them learn a vocation and stay off of the streets where many fall prey to violence, drugs and gangs.
- Training men and women in the art of baking many varieties of bread, cookies and other treats, providing them with life skills to find a job or even strike out on their own with a microenterprise through Operation Blessing.
- Supporting families by equipping moms and dads with the tools they need to further their employment dreams, be it through sewing machines, supplies, tools and more.
Join Operation Blessing and become part of our community development and microenterprise efforts. Find out how you can get involved and bring hope to the hurting today!
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 microenterprise.
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.