Help One Now: Family Empowerment Program
for September 28, 2020
Around the world, the family unit plays a key role in the stability of the local society. Communities whose economies are struggling at the very local level often see high levels of exploitation, social injustice, and lack of education and opportunity. Parents – often single mothers – left with few resources, may be forced to leave their children at home without care making them more vulnerable to abuse, sexual exploitation and trafficking. Under these circumstances, the stability of the family unit is broken down and generational cycles of extreme poverty persist. Family Empowerment seeks to change this reality. Walking alongside each family as they take significant, proven steps toward financial stability and success – It helps them directly thrive in their community, rippling outward into the entire community itself, addressing the problem at its root and keeping families together.
Iquitos – the largest city in the Peruvian Amazon – is completely surrounded by rivers and is home to over 150,000 families – a beautiful blend of both modern and ancient indigenous cultures. It is also a city where factors such as tourism, lack of opportunity, and a high incidence of sexual violence – leave many, especially women and young girls, living in extreme poverty and vulnerable to both labor and sexual exploitation. In spite of these challenges, there are individuals with a determined spirit who envision a future where the next generation does not repeat their stories of poverty and struggle. They dream of getting ahead and providing for their families – running their own businesses, and creating opportunity for others. It is these families we seek to walk alongside through the Help One Now Family Empowerment Program.
Since 2015, our Legacy Giving Circles and the Moxie Giving Circles have given over $325,000 in grants to Help One Now to support their women and family empowerment programs. Our Moxie Giving Circle donors contributed over $100,000 to empower 125 women in Ethiopia which led to an average increase in income for these families of 642% and a 94% success rate in completing the program. Seeing such a great need and opportunity in Peru, we are excited to announce that we will be joining Help One Now in supporting these women and families in the Family Empowerment Program in Iquitos, Peru. We will be committing to $100,000 through our Moxie Giving Circles and Legacy Giving Circles in 2021!
Over time, as these families launch businesses in Iquitos and gain financial independence – their focus will shift outward. They will re-invest in their business and create opportunity for families around them through employment and economic contribution. They will gain the ability to care for their families, send their children to school, and even care for vulnerable children and families around them – transforming their community and breaking the cycle of extreme poverty in Iquitos for generations to come.