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The SimplyHelp Foundation is dedicated to the mission of empowering people living in poverty through providing education, vocational training, food, shelter, accessible potable water and disaster relief, in order to facilitate sustainable development.
The SimplyHelp Foundation (SHF) seeks to aid people living in poverty throughout Asia, Africa, Latin America, Caribbean and the U.S.. Established in 2000 as a 501 (c) (3) organization, SHF has among others received Special Consultative Status with ECOSOC of the United Nations. Since its inception in 2000, SimplyHelp has distributed more than 102 containers of food, clothing, shoes, computers, and other goods to 18 developing countries. The organization maintains a minimal administrative average--ensuring that the poor receive 90 percent of all donations. SHF follows the principle that education fortifies charity work so that recipients learn to break out of the cycle of poverty.
SimplyHelp supports educational programs that teach recipients how to develop small businesses and provides basic vocational training programs to students.
SimplyHelp utilizes multiple channels for collecting and re-distributing resources to the needy worldwide. The foundation collects funds from benefactors, purchases goods in a cost-effective manner, ships the items duty-free, and arranges for their distribution to the people living in poverty through NGOs and charity organizations in 18 countries. To help accomplish this, SHF has forged a spirit of cooperation between NGOs in the United States, as well as NGOs in the developing countries.
SimplyHelp Foundation works directly with churches, schools, charity organizations, non-governmental groups, with our SimplyHelp local NGO and First Ladies in many of the countries we serve. We ask what is needed, then supply the requested items. Most shipments are allowed to enter the countries duty-free due to pre-existing agreements made with the governments of those countries. This direct distribution method helps ensure our operational costs at their minimum.
In developing countries thousands of families lack adequate shelter. People often live in shacks made with scraps of wood, plastic, and cardboard. This type of shelter offers little protection from the elements As a result of these poor living conditions, illness and disease run rampant, especially among those who are most vulnerable: the young and the elderly. SimplyHelp Foundation partners with "Un techo para mi país" (UTPMP), an NGO in Latin America that has branches in 10 countries. Together we work to provide families in these communities with healthy living conditions. Additionally, SimplyHelp built a 9000-square foot senior center in Los Santos, Panama and two senior housing projects in El Salvador. They provide an invaluable service to this community by ensuring that their senior citizens will have a comfortable, safe place to live out the rest of their days.
Education is crucial in breaking the cycle of poverty, and provides long-term and sustainable solutions to poverty. SimplyHelp Foundation sees our dedication to education
as a means to bring about permanent change in the communities where our classes are offered. To support schools, SHF ships school supplies, desks, computers, and other needed items to classrooms across Latin America, Southeast Asia and China. SHF also provides a variety of vocational training classes like computer training, tailoring classes, carpenter classes, beauty school classes and English classes in five countries around the world.
Whenever tragedy strikes, SimplyHelp is ready to send immediate assistance to those affected by natural disasters. In 2005, SHF shipped out three 40’ containers of relief aid
to Sri Lanka for the tsunami disaster. In September 2005, SimplyHelp donated $30,000 to Hurricane Katrina refuges in Texas. In December 2006, SHF donated 20 houses to the earthquake victims in El Salvador. For the recent China Earthquake SHF had a tent donation program in 2008.
- Andrea Tseng
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