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Education as a Gateway to Social Change

Social-Change.jpgPrem Kumari Prajuli is a 79-year-old widow. She was married at 11 and a widow by 12. When her husband died, she was too young to realize that lasting impact of how that would shape her life. Even after the tragic event, as a tradition she had to live with in-laws. She feels fortunate to have in-laws that are caring and respectful. She has devoted her life to caring for her nephews and nieces, and they now take care of her as she is getting older.

She can read and write because she self-studied and attended adult literacy classes in the evening, but she never had the opportunity to go to school. She knows education is the key to social change – like child marriages and eliminating extreme poverty. 

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In Youth We Learn - Guest Blog

In-youth-we-learn.png“In youth we learn” – not only a popular quote but incredibly accurate when it comes to many of the bright young people that support us. Sydney is just such an individual. After returning recently from Mexico on an expedition with ASEA, Sydney developed, and blogged about, five critical findings relevant to anyone no matter their economic standing or education level. She also was quick to recognize that after all the hard work, a woman deserves a refreshing Coke.

Thank you, Sydney, for being our guest blogger this week! Her five critical findings here!

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A small garden with a big job

Nazacota-Puento-School-Garden-320x198.jpgA small indigenous school in Ecuador has been working with us for the past year and a half on vegetable and animal farming. This rural school is attended by 147 children ages 3-16. Before we helped them implement their program, 60% of children were undernourished.

Now the school has a 500 sq.ft. garden that grows a wide variety of vegetables like kale, chard, beets, lettuce, zucchini, carrots, and onions. The food is used only to feed the children. They have also implemented a guinea pig farm for additional food and grow alfalfa to feed the guinea pigs. The teachers and the students have been trained on how to care for their garden and guinea pigs, and the garden has reached a production rate of 5.4 lbs of food per square meter!

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Fabiola`s Story

Fabiola-480x198.jpgMaria Fabiola Churuchumbi Sandoval lives in a small village in Ecuador where two or three families live together in one-room adobe houses. Each family has a plot of land that has been passed down as a heritage of their ancestors. Fabiola and her community members in the village cultivate the land for harvesting, using what they grow to feed their families. When they have extra, they sell it in local markets or exchange it with other families.

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Nacional Instituto Telesecundaria Basic Educacion

Telesecundaria-Basic-Educacion.jpgLife can be tricky when you’re living in extreme poverty. Everything seems like an uphill battle. The expense of education and the time that it takes away from household chores is often a stumbling block. This is particularly true for girls.

If you live in the poverty belt in Guatemala, and you are one of the lucky ones to graduate from primary school, there is nowhere close to continue your education, and the cost can be prohibitive.

However, in 2009 CHOICE Humanitarian opened the Nacional Instituto Telesecundaria Basic Educación opened, and that was a game changer. Serving students from 12 to 16 years old.

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Bishnu Adhikari, Nepal CHOICE Director, Speaking on the Importance of Vented Stoves

This is the 3rd and final video in our series with Bishnu Adhikari, Nepal CHOICE Director. 

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How Many Jobs Fit into a 15 mL Bottle?

Nepal-Women-Harvesting-Wintergreen.jpgWe have partnered with doTERRA International to benefit the earthquake-torn country of Nepal. Through this partnership, doTERRA is working with rural Nepal villages in conjunction with its Co-Impact SourcingTM initiative. In Nepal, rural villagers living in extreme poverty survive on less than $2 a day.

This partnership provides critical economic opportunities, particularly in rural areas where they are most needed and a better standard of living through improved access to clean water, education, and medical services. This work addresses many of the new Global Goals for Sustainable Development, including gender equality that serves to underscore the importance of this work.

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CHOICE Merges with The Institute of Self Reliant Agriculture

Ecuador-garden.jpgCHOICE is helping communities all over the world to become independent of charity through leadership programs and economic development. CHOICE has officially incorporated The Institute of Self Reliant Agriculture into our program to become one united front. After two years of vetting and thoughtful deliberation we are all thrilled with our decision.

The Institute of Self Reliant Agriculture is a small NGO out of Washington with a great agriculture program that targets mostly the family level. Family gardens, nutrition and food security are critical components of their program.

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Rebuilding Homes in Nepal

Nepal-homes-1.jpgRelief efforts as a result of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25 started with tarps, but moved quickly to rebuilding and constructing temporary homes.

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Rebuilding Schools in Nepal

Nepal-Will-Rise-Again-1.jpgThank you so much to all the generous donors who have supported our efforts to rebuild Nepal after the devastating 7.8 earthquake on April 25 of this year.

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