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Step 1 – End Poverty in All its Forms, Everywhere Horyou’s new series is about the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Every week, Horyou blog will publish an article about one of them, highlighting projects and actions that have been supporting its implementation.

Women in East Timor counts with NGO help. Females are one of the groups most affected by poverty. Source UNDP.
Women in East Timor counts with NGO help. Females are one of the groups most affected by poverty. Source UNDP.

Valeria is a Peruvian woman who struggles to support her family. A single mom with 2 small children and a sick parent who lives with her, she works as a waitress in a restaurant during the day and in a bar at night. She only has 4 hours sleep every night, yet her income is only enough to pay the rent of her room and some basic expenses. «Luckily, I can bring home some food from the restaurant and I can feed my daughters. But I can’t buy them clothes or books», she says.

Like Valeria, about 10% of the world’s workers and their families live with less than $1,90 per person per day. According to the UN, the rate has declined steadily in the past 17 years, though an estimated 767 million people still live below the poverty line. About one third is unprotected by their national and regional social systems.

Interactions and Solidarity project in Kenya
Interactions and Solidarity project in Kenya

When the UN Sustainable Development Goals were launched in January 2016, following the 15-year Millenium Development Goals, poverty was still one of the worst concerns in the developing and poor regions. For decades, institutions, NGOs and social entrepreneurs have developed support programs to take the poorer ones out of their condition and offer them perspective and hope.

Within the Horyou community and on its platform, NGOs like InterActions-Solidarity focus on poverty reduction and environment projects in Kenya. Based on the demands of each community, they provide support in the implementation of solidarity and socio-economic, eco-tourism and food safety programs. «We’ve seen an increase of productivity and profitability of farming and grazing activities respecting the environment, and with the sustainable management of natural resources», says the NGO spokesperson.

SER Sustentável works with homeless people from Brazil
SER Sustentável works with homeless people from Brazil

Other organizations like SER Sustentável, based in Brazil, help homeless people with addiction to alcohol or crack cocaine to step up and reintegrate life with dignity. The organizations also acts in poor communities providing them with sustainable housing and training support. «We want to reintegrate them in the society through work and income, offering workshops that would help them to find jobs», says Silvana Grandi, SER Sustentável president.

If you wish to support this SDG, you can do so through Horyou. Go to Horyou platform and choose an NGO or project that helps fight poverty in your region or anywhere in the world. Your support can be made easier and more effective with Spotlight, our digital currency for impact. Check it out and start using it to impact the Cause of poverty or any cause you feel concerned about. Be the change, be Horyou!

«Healthy Choices for a Better Future II » training organized by the Women Wellness and Empowerment organization.
“Healthy Choices for a Better Future II” training organized by the Women Wellness and Empowerment organization.

Each day we see the wonderful work of our Members, Personalities and Organizations on the Horyou platform. They are always Ready to Act! This week, we highlight the work and actions of great Organizations from Kenya, Brazil and France.

Organization: Women Wellness and Empowerment
Location: Kenya

“Healthy Choices for a better future” training has started !

Women Wellness and Empowerment organization works with the Kenya Ministry of Health(MoH) and partners in order to implement a project addressing sexual and reproductive health needs. The organisation also tries to promote a change of behaviour among young adolescents, young women and their children. Their training “Healthy Choices for a Better Future II” for members took place from the 22th of February until the 26th. It is also the occasion to engage with the community about sensitive thematics such as sexual gender based violence. Discover this action post here.

Par Laurie Martin

O bloco infantil Muriçoquinhas que arrasta milhares de foliões
O bloco infantil Muriçoquinhas que arrasta milhares de foliões.

Organização: Casa Pequeno Davi
Localização: Brasil

Carnaval contra a exploração

A Casa Pequeno Davi é uma organização da sociedade civil sem fins econômicos que desenvolve atividades educacionais com crianças e adolescentes do Bairro Roger e adjacências do Terminal Rodoviário em João Pessoa Brasil. A Casa Pequeno Davi fez uma linda ação durante o carnaval. O bloco infantil Muriçoquinhas que arrasta milhares de foliões todos os anos do carnaval de João Pessoa tornou-se espaço de mobilização da Rede de Proteção à Criança e ao Adolescente para alertar às pessoas sobre a necessidade de estarmos atentos aos abusos e violências que aumentam significativamente neste período. Saiba mais aqui.

Por Edriana Oliveira Major

Devenez un Benevole at Home et aidez les plus nécessiteux
Devenez un Benevole at Home et aidez les plus nécessiteux.

Organisation: Benevole At Home
Lieu: France

Devenez un ange gardien!

L’ONG Benevole At Home, qui se décrit comme le « Tinder de l’humanitaire » propose une application permettant à des centaines de bénévoles d’offrir des produits de première nécessité à des personnes dans des situations précaires, associations ou services sociaux. Vous aussi vous pouvez devenir un de ces anges gardiens en vous rendant sur www.benevoleathome.org ! En 3 mois, ce sont déjà plus de 600 bénévoles qui se sont inscrits dans une vingtaine de villes en France! Le mouvement prend de l’ampleur et des bénévoles se sont aussi inscrits en Suisse, Belgique, Allemagne ou encore Espagne. Découvrez cette action ici.

Par Laurie Martin

IsegeretotoSchool-3

Scarcity of food is one of the most pressing issues of this century. Access to healthy food at a reasonable price can be an obstacle to the well-being of children from modest backgrounds. Since the 1980s, food prices have constantly increased, especially in Africa, where income inequality leads to an inability to earn money and people often resort to a barter economy. Consequently, in sub-Saharan schools, children sometimes come to school on empty stomachs, and since the prices are very volatile on the food market, the cost for the school to feed the children is a real challenge. Many people have abandoned traditional foods in this area, and people are starting to forget indigenous varieties of plants.

Enter Julien Kauer, who wants to raise awareness and encourage the use of local food sources. Kauer, from Switzerland, created a project to lead the Isegeretoto School in Western Kenya to self-sufficiency.

Please tell us about the project.

It’s an organic farming project called Food Sovereignty at Isegeretoto School, Kenya. It’s my second time coordinating an organic farming project at Isegeretoto School, a primary school of around 300 children in Malaba, Kenya. The second project started in February 2015, and our aim is to produce enough to fulfill the need of the school in terms of food: cereals, vegetables, fish, milk, oil and mushrooms. The food self-sufficiency will allow the school to reduce the school fees to increase the access to a quality education for children in our basically rural area.

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What is your strategy?

We base our techniques on organic farming, as we believe that it can enable us to preserve our soils for the future. It will provide healthier food for our children because we only use natural means to grow the food. We rely only on available means to ensure the food security of our school. In our region, even the mechanization, so to say, is unavailable: The whole work of plowing, fertilizing, planting and weeding is done by hand. This also is a step toward food sovereignty, as by using simple means, we master the whole chain of work. In addition, the use of a tractor brings the risk of expensive repairs, which could easily bankrupt a farmer in our rural area.

What are the results of your approach so far?

We have been very successful in all the goals we have set. We’re almost finished planting and fertilizing our fields, and we have started working together with around five different agricultural institutes of Kenya. We have employed many people from the region, whereby we taught them practical techniques we are using. We’ve also founded an environmental club in the school that enables children to participate in activities on the ground with us.

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Do you have media to share with the community?

Yes, I’ve started a Youtube channel that presents in a very concise and inclusive way our activities from week to week through short videos. And I have to say, the video media, but overall every kind of 2.0 media, is a real chance for a small initiative like ours to have visibility. It allows us to get support from all over the world in a few clicks, and other people starting those kinds of initiatives can see us and interact in a very constructive approach.

What are your plans for the future?

For now, our aim is to build two traditional houses for mushroom production and to start planting the indigenous trees that we’ll implement in our agroforestry fields. We’re going to introduce 1,000 fingerlings by next week. We also want to increase our fish production, which provides a quarter of our needs in fish, so we’ll continue with the fishpond we have. Finally, when we have enough funds, we’ll start renovating the three other fishponds that are now out of use.

by Vincent Magnenat

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