“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

Martin Luther King, Jr

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

A Charity Worth Looking, At Freedom from Hunger

Freedom from Hunger remains one of my favorite charities. They do not just give food or money to people, they do so much more. They give dignity where there was none. They give chances to people who thought they had none. They give a hand to those who need support.

Founded in 1946, Freedom from Hunger brings innovative solutions and helps in the fight against chronic hunger and poverty. Freedom from Hunger is funded by a grant from Bill and Melinda Gates of $5.6 million dollars. This is only one of a handful of organizations experimenting with health care microfinancing. When looking into the impact on these loans it was discovered that people were not using the loans to grow a business, but were using the money to pay for a sick kid. In 2007 FFH started it's microfinance and health protection program at institutions in five nations and offers discount doctor visits, health care savings accounts, affordable medicines and emergency health care loans. In most cases, customers were required to attend health care classes in order to get the small business loan.

The theory is the healthier the borrowers, the better bank customers they will be. Loans will be repaid and they will come back for bigger loans making their business start ups better and their families will thrive. 15,000 families are now getting basic medical care. When doctors were first approached about offering discounted care only 7 signed up. Now there are 51.Women are attending health seminars and using health care loans to pay for eyeglasses and minor surgeries Freedom from Hunger will continue it's experiment in 2009. Think of how the money you give can impact one families life.

Here are some of the ways you can help.


Nairobian Perspective said...

i frequently participated in the Freedom from Hunger walk in my schooling years! it is a noble venture....im happy to have stumbled on your blog! keep up the good work!

ettarose said...

Nairobian Perspective, how wonderful. I would like to do something like that. I am very glad you this humble site.


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