International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security

PROFUGO

Ardmore, PA

Mission

To build a global neighborhood where skills and resources are shared to improve micro-enterprise and healthcare practices in developing communities.

Ruling Year

2009

Principal Officer

Jenny Koleth

Main Address

9 Rittenhouse Place

Ardmore, PA 19003 USA

Keywords

international development, poverty eradication, sustainable development, economic development, public health

EIN

26-2231816

 Number

6344792542

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

International Economic Development (Q32)

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

Public Health Program (E70)

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Tailoring Workshop

Water for Life

English Language School

Community Supported Agriculture

Aquaponics

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We want farmers to be better equipped to provide for their families while acting as stewards of the land they farm. We want to increase the role of women in the family's economic standing; thus, increasing their role in the social hierarchy. We want children to develop both physically and mentally--with enough food on the table to be nourish the body and enough resources in the community to nourish the mind.

We educate farmers in Wayanad on the benefits and implementation of sustainable agriculture techniques and aid them in transitioning their farms from conventional to organic. We teach women tailoring skills so that they can supplement the farm income with their labor. We immerse children in programs like our English Language School and Children's Club so that they can develop alongside the community.

We continuously have field fellows on the ground in Wayanad assessing the district's needs and executing our development strategies. Stateside, we keep administrative costs to a minimum (for example, our entire staff in the United States is made of volunteers) so that the maximum amount of money can go toward funding projects in India. With the combination of manpower on the ground and efficiently managed money, we create the potential for prolonged development.

We measure our progress by a decrease in the number of families that struggle to feed themselves. When we see farmers that are out of debt and consistently prospering while using sustainable agricultural techniques. When the farmers do not have to worry about feeding their families, the families are more free to pursue other dreams, like education for children or entrepreneurship for women.

So far, we have created functional wells in Wayanad and built a water delivery system that reduces the distance villagers need to walk to retrieve water by more than 80%. We have begun a program that focuses on renewable energy through biogas generators. We have started an English Language School for children and an entrepreneurial program for women. We are currently working on bringing organic farming practices throughout the village, expanding the village library, and developing the biogas program.

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