The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
Ending extreme poverty through awareness and high-impact, sustainable solutions.
Our goal has always been to provide stepping stones to success as opposed to simply giving funds. All of our projects are carefully selected to ensure maximum impact and sustainability.
In 2018, we've made a shift in our projects. We are no longer simply building schools, but rather ensuring that children and communities can not only survive, but thrive. We've gone back to our roots and will be working primarily in Burkina Faso this year.
This year's international program lineup will include water wells near the schools, school gardens for school lunch programs, and community gardens that will be run by a women's cooperative. The cooperative will be trained in sustainable farming through the use of irrigation or aquaponics systems, income generation and money management, nutrition, health and hygiene best practices.
Locally, we will be working to create aquaponic school gardens and to educate local youth on sustainable farming as well as nutrition. Through this program, we hope not just to educate our local youth on these topics, but also to bring awareness to our international work.