THIS MONTH'S PARTNER AGENCIES
BANGLADESH BAPTIST CHURCH FELLOWSHIP - BANGLADESH
The Bangladesh Baptist Church Fellowship (BBCF) runs world-class relief and development programs. BBCF and Partners International partner with communities in our "Adopt A Village" program. This program reduces disease and death. It increases incomes provides more opportunity for education. One element of the Adopt A Village program is 'savings-based financing'. It is a little different than micro-loans. With micro-loans people borrow money from an institution. Instead, we organize groups where members contribute their savings. Then they decide together which member to loan their pooled saving to. Some savings-based groups are so successful that they turn into small banks! The BBCF also runs 20 children's hostels. The provide opportunity for isolated and impoverished children to get a good education. And the BBCF has a hospital and clinics that provide medical care. Bangladesh is a densely populated country with massive amounts of extreme poverty. Many people are day-labourers without stable work or land of their own. People are vulnerable to annual floods, cyclones, arsenic contaminated water, and rising sea levels. Two-thirds of Bangladesh is less than five metres above sea level. By 2050, Bangladesh may lose 11% of its land, affecting an estimated 15 million people. The BBCF is doing an amazing job in this context, improving lives.
JKPS - INDIA
JKPS is the organization that inspired the birth of Kutoa becaus of its world-class program to restore minor-age girls rescued from human trafficking. JKPS serves people living in extreme poverty in three states of India. Every week over 10,000 children participate in JKPS programs for disadvantaged youth. They have many programs that address injustice, poverty and human rights such as medical camps, education programs, community development projects and anti-trafficking programs. In recent days they have been busy providing relief to families affected by the Covid-19 situation. JKPS provides micro-financeing for women and is developing group businesses to help people become self-sustaining and less vulnerable to crises.
LAOS OUTREACH MINISTRY
Laos Outreach Ministry (LOM) serves impoverished people in the northern mountains of Laos. Laos is one of the world's few remaining communist states and one of East Asia's poorest. Most Laotians grow just enough rice to survive and the country depends heavily on foreign aid. The work of LOM is critical because the government depends on organizations like them to improve the lives of people. We love LOM because of the way their staff and volunteers respond quickly and sacrificially to bring relief and development in times of crisis. Right now they are providing care packages to families in desparate need because of Covid-19. They also have a unique program to create jobs for people using the super-food called Sacha Inchi.