Sustainable Development

Attacking the Roots of Poverty, Nurturing the Seeds of Self-Reliance

The way we work is the most efficient, effective path that we have found to affect positive and enduring change. By building on the resources that exist in a community, our projects create sustainable development.

We attack poverty at its roots — where problems such as poor health, hunger, lack of skills or opportunity and environmental issues are all woven together — to break down the barriers that trap people in cycles of poverty and make them especially vulnerable to crises.

At the same time, we build up the community’s core assets — resources such as labor and skills, health and a healthy environment — that allow people to pursue productive lives.

Our goal is always to identify local solutions to poverty that can be replicated and scaled up to reach an ever increasing number of people. Here is an example of how this works:

  1. We take into account the community’s assets — for example, people who are ready and willing to learn and work.
  2. We consider the root causes of poverty in that community — such as a lack of clean water.
  3. A community group partners with us on an asset-building project — such as installing a water system. LWR provides support such as training or access to fundraising so that community members can install the water system, learn how to maintain it, and assign the manpower to carry out maintenance. Our local partners also perform outreach to teach good hygiene and water management in the community that will be using the water.
  4. Sustainable effects: The ability to wash means better hygiene; ability to water crops means farmers can produce more food; and the healthier, more nourished and educated community is able to be more productive.
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