As we step with Foundation for International Development Assistance (FIDA) on a journey with Zoranger, we committing to a new dynamic of empowering change: cooperative formation, agricultural training, and literacy education. Please see descriptions below in how this methodology is able to steward empowerment for the most poor.
Cooperative fosters empowerment and ownership
Cooperative Development: The cooperative model brings people of a given community under an resource-sharing centric business organization that promotes equality between members, and establishes a forum for discussion. By establishing practices–through enterprise–of working cooperatively, a cooperative enables the community to manage itself, and fosters trust, skill, and unity.
Agriculture development improves food security and livelihoods
Extensive agricultural training is a critical investment in the environment and ensuring that communities have the capacity to support themselves through stewardship of the land. Training covers vegetable gardening, organic composting, soil and water conservation, organic pest management, environmental protection, and new cultivation techniques. In the case of Zoranger, members will get agricultural training and also training in raising poultry.
Literacy builds capacity
With illiteracy levels high in rural areas, literacy training is vital to giving rural farmers fundamental educational building blocks. Literacy, at its core, is about reading and writing – but more importantly, it is about enabling people to attain a skill that breeds a profound self confidence. That self confidence leads men and women to take action to improve their own lives and be more proactive in addressing correct a social injustice .
While not a direct pillar of the FIDA-pcH model, JTJ’s intends to be an example of Christ’s salt and light as we journey with Zoranger. We seek to achieve this through our country coordinator, Clemson Saint-fluer, who will journey directly with Zoranger and through teams periodically visiting. We pray that through our actions in caring, listening, and walking with rural farmers on this incredible journey, that they will see Christ in us. Our prayer: those we journey with cling to Jesus as the source for ultimate transformation.