Community:assist has helped thousands of vulnerable people in our local communities. Within the first year of the launch of community:assist, over $5 million dollars’ worth of items have been distributed locally to those in need.
In 2017 World Vision partnered with Assist International and through this partnership we have received much needed supplies, including food, water, furniture, blankets, clothing and personal hygiene products that we then donate and distribute to some of the most vulnerable communities throughout the greater Bay Area and the Central Valley of California in partnership with 76 local charities. Nearly 600 volunteers from our local community have helped sort through pallets and re-categorize items to distribute to those in need.
In response to the Northern California wildfires during the fall of 2017 and 2018, Assist International mobilized volunteers to help sort and distribute supplies for evacuees. In 2017, items included air mattresses, food, water, blankets and clothing which were delivered to regional disaster staging areas in Santa Rosa and Napa. All of the supplies that were sent were originally donated to Assist International by World Vision in 2017. In 2018, a similar disaster relief response was sent to Chico and Oroville in response to the Camp Wildfire that destroyed the town of Paradise, CA. In addition to the donations through World Vision, a local community outreach was launched and items and funds were given by individuals and other corporations in response to the devastating fire.
More than $5 million in goods have been sent locally to those in need through community:assist.
COMMUNITY:ASSIST (INTERNATIONAL POVERTY SOLUTIONS)
In addition to sending freight containers of much needed items to Mali, Rwanda and Romania to help those in need, the community:assist international program works to help communities in low and middle-income countries. We work with our partners to provide sustainable income opportunities, whether through providing a sewing machine and training, a bicycle-powered irrigation pump used for farming, or teaching cooking and jewelry-making skills.
You can get involved by volunteering in our warehouse or giving a donation.
More than one billion people live on less than $1.25 per day, and poverty contributes to malnutrition, lack of education, and inadequate healthcare. We develop programs that empower the poor to lift themselves out of poverty. We work with our partners to provide sustainable income opportunities for people in the developing world. Providing people with a way to create sustainable income has life-changing effects. They are now able to afford to send their children to school. They can provide enough food for the entire family, and when a member of the family becomes sick, they are able to afford proper medical care.
There are many different approaches to creating poverty solutions. Since our beginning, we have been a strong advocate of increasing the capacity of local individuals and organizations to help address local needs. To that end, Assist International seeks out partners in local communities with similar areas of focus, who are committed to meeting the needs of the world’s most vulnerable people.
Here are two of our ongoing programs:
Project 41 is a humanitarian organization that addresses hunger, malnutrition and poverty by providing poor farmers with a bicycle-powered irrigation pump called the Rainmaker. In Africa, 70% of the people earn a living and support their family by farming a small plot of land. However, they must rely on seasonal, unpredictable rainfall to grow crops, and when droughts come, it is extremely challenging to provide enough food for the family. Uganda contains many different sources of water, including rivers, springs, and lakes. The challenge faced by the farmers is finding an effective way to transport available water. The Rainmaker bicycle-powered water pump is a solution to this problem. This tool allows each farmer to build a business by growing a second and third crop during the dry season. After feeding their family, they are able to take crops to market to sell. The proceeds enable farmers to pay for such things as schooling for their children, medical bills, and a place to live.
WomenFirst provides business management training and start-up funds to women in Uganda and Kenya. WomenFirst equips women with skills to create small business enterprises, which in turn allows the women to provide for their families. Skills include sewing, cooking, and computer training.