As a part of WFCF’s mission to support children with physical and cognitive disabilities worldwide, the foundation is also committed to supporting the underprivileged communities that they live in with the hope that improvements to the environment will have a direct impact on their lives and well-being.
Stopping the Cycle of Poverty
WFCF has been actively participating in initiatives to support children that are living with disabilities and may have lost one or both of their parents. UNICEF and numerous international organizations began classifying children with only one parent as orphans in the 1990s. Single parents in rural areas of developing countries may not have access to proper healthcare and subsequently may struggle to care for themselves and their children. Losing a parent can negatively impact a child’s access to food, shelter, education and healthcare especially if the child is living with a disability. Losing the income of a parent, particularly that of the primary breadwinner, can be disastrous for a family and leave the living parent without enough money to care for his or her disabled child/children.
UNICEF and numerous organizations argue that the costs of running orphanages are typically much higher than what is needed to support families struggling to provide for their children. Not only is it less expensive, it is also more beneficial for the children to be raised in their family or community rather than in an institution. Programs that pull families and communities out of poverty will help reduce the number of parents who send children to orphanages. Poverty alleviation efforts have a crucial role to play in relieving the global orphan crisis.
WFCF welcomes proposals and prospective partnerships for projects that can benefit underprivileged communities and stop the cycle of poverty. The programs will be environmentally friendly, with sustainable and self-maintained agricultural systems modeled from natural ecosystems.
An example of such programs, WFCF in partnership with the African Community Project (AFC), has funded a unique water management program that will enable underprivileged communities in rural areas of Africa, such as the Zimba District of Southern Province, Zambia, to properly utilize water for developing plantations for local consumption and in support of creating a more sustainable community.
This project will provide ample water to a specific group of local women in a community where they are currently struggling to provide food and livelihoods for their families and children. WFCF and AFC have been given a track of traditional land that will provide space for these women to unite and grow vegetables and fruit for the upkeep of their families, and the surplus will be sold in the Zimba market. Most labor around the farm will be paid with in-kind trading among the members. Vegetables and other commercial crops grown on the farm will be sold and the money generated will provide funds to maintain the upkeep of the project. As the project matures, chickens and other farm animals can be added to enhance the products produced.
The fund provided by WFCF will be utilized to conduct a professional water survey, drill the borehole and construct the well, supply and install a heavy-duty submersible pump, water tanks, and to supply and install a solar electrical system capable of delivering ample electricity to the submersible pump.
WFCF’s goal is to reach out to as many rural communities as possible anywhere around the world regardless of ethnicity, background, belief, and culture who are currently fighting against poverty.
WFCF is inviting NGOs and not-for-profit organizations that support the aforementioned communities to submit their projects for funding consideration to WFCF at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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In the past, WFCF has partnered with many organizations worldwide to carry out its mission. WFCF values its collaboration with organizations such as the African Community Project (ACP), International China Concern (ICC), the Baby Box Church in Seoul, and many other not-for-profit organizations worldwide. When you are graciously donating to WFCF, if you wish, you can identify a specific project that you would like your fund to be allocated to instead of making a broad contribution.
For your information, 95 cents of every dollar donated is used to support projects funded by WFCF to ensure all donations are allocated toward projects funded by WFCF rather than funds to be used in support of administrative and other miscellaneous expenses.
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