OUR PROJECTS

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.

THIS MONTH'S THEME

Self-sustainability

When an individual/community is self-sustainable, they have the ability to provide for their needs with the resources that are at their disposal; they are not reliant on aid from others. Self-sustainability is advanced by a stable economy, an absence o...
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THIS MONTH'S PROJECTS

Micro-loans for women

Inca Peanuts - the supernut

Savings-Based Finance