On a trip through the slums of Nairobi, Kenya, we met a widow living in a garbage dump. She had constructed a small hut from mud and garbage to provide shelter for her three children. They had not eaten for a week.
In a village in Peru, a woman told me she was in pain like fists pushing on her back, and asked for help. When I raised her shirt, I saw she was a mere skeleton; her bones were pushing through her frail skin. When asked what she ate, she motioned in the palm of her hand that she mixed a little water and flour into a paste. She was literally starving to death.
A Villager's Hand is a 501c3 nonprofit that began five years ago to help impoverished women in developing countries through fair trade. Women are aided in earning a sustainable income through crafts. But often, these women are in need of immediate assistance before they can begin to earn and heal. They often live in the worst imaginable conditions - a mud hut in a garbage dump the size of most of our closets- without access to clean water or sewage. We need help to get these women, many of whom are widows, healthy and safe as they work towards their sustainable future. A donation of $15 could be used to buy them a solar lamp because they have no electricity. $25 could buy a water filtration system because they have no access to clean water. $35 provides food for a month. $50 will buy a goat for milk for the children. $150 will buy a water tank to store plenty of water. $400 will purchase a cow! And we need $1500 to purchase a safe home with toilet facilities. Whether you can donate $5 or $1500, every little bit will help us to provide emergency care for the women and children, and give them hope. The need is ongoing.
Consider a donation for emergency medical care as well. Broken bones, severe burns, waterborne illnesses, and worse often go untreated because of the cost to see a doctor. These women think that no one cares. Let's show them we do! Thank you.