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It's a question we all ask ourselves when we see people suffering. As human beings, we want to help—but how?
For us, the breakthrough came when we saw first-hand the connection between poverty and the environment. Many people think of poverty and the environment as separate issues, but in fact they are hugely interdependent. Most of the world's poor are rural poor. Many are subsistence farmers, completely dependent on their environment for survival. But as a result of widespread deforestation, the land isn't providing like it used to.
Land that once bore bountiful crops that could be sold or eaten, isn't producing. Streams that used to provide water to drink, now run dry. Out of desperation, the poor cut down more trees to sell as firewood, even though doing so means further destroying their one chance of survival.
By reversing deforestation, Plant With Purpose helps the poor restore productivity to their land to create economic opportunity out of environmental restoration. Since 1984 we have helped more than 100,000 people in some 230 villages lift themselves out of poverty through our holistic approach to sustainable development. Find out how you can become a sponsor of Clean Stoves or how to plant trees by clicking here and here.
The Food for the Hungry vision – "God called and we responded until physical and spiritual hungers ended worldwide” – represents action and advocacy for those about whom Jesus spoke when he quoted the prophet Isaiah in Luke 4:18, "He has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed.” In a prayerful manner before God, we continue to ask God for great and bold impact in a world of incredible need. Learn more about FH's programs and consider donating today.
A majority of people in the developing world provide for themselves and their families through subsistence agriculture. They grow corn or they raise cattle, living day to day and depending on traditional farming practices and favorable weather for a decent crop. World Relief comes alongside farmers, offering sustainable farming solutions. Teaching innovative and cost-effective agricultural methods, World Relief technicians teach farmers in Latin America and Africa about crop rotation and irrigation, and then they introduce them to national and international markets. Learn more about World Relief's Agriculture work and consider donating today.
Historically, agricultural development has been shown to play a special, crucial role in economic growth and poverty reduction. It has unique "multiplier effects” that spur growth in every sector of the economy. Sustainable agriculture is also essential for protecting, restoring, and maintaining the natural resources upon which all people's lives depend. A productive, ecologically sound agricultural system contributes directly to the well-being of children by supplying nutritious food, providing income for their families, and helping to ensure a healthy environment. Learn more about World Vision's Agriculture & Environment work and consider donating today.