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Empowering the Poor

Extreme poverty touches every part of life. When a family’s income is small, they lack food and often go to bed hungry. read more...

  • 1.2 billion people live in extreme poverty.1
  • 870 million people suffer from hunger worldwide.2
  • Every 3.6 seconds, one person dies of starvation.3
  • 270 million children have no access to health care services.3
  • More than 9,000 people die every day due to water, sanitation and hygiene-related causes.4
  • Some 13% of 7-18 year olds have never attended school—the strongest barrier to poverty.3


Adult Tricycle

$100

People who lose the use of their legs suffer greatly in South Asian society. They can no longer walk or ride a bike or a motorcycle which are the most common modes of transportation in their countries. These tricycles are adapted to be operated with the arms rather than the legs. So even a person who is lame can still get where they need to go

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BioSand Water Filter

$32

Many poor regions of Asia have no source of pure drinking water. Using concrete and sand these bio water filters remove impurities providing water for drinking and cooking that is 98 percent pure. For $32 help provide pure water in an Asian village.

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Blanket

$12

On those blustery winter nights during the winter season who doesnt like to curl up under a warm soft blanket Thats not possible for many impoverished families in Asia. Many live in homes that lack sufficient heat and protection against the harsh winter elements. Your gift of $12 for a blanket will provide much-needed warmth and comfort.

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Embroidery Machine

$190

Asian clothing is often enhanced with intricate designs. For centuries the needlework was painstakingly completed by hand. But today there are embroidery machines to speed things along. This machine allows a seamstress or tailor to craft remarkably beautiful items to sell while creating an income for themselves

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Fertilizer Spray Pump

$50

Applying liquid fertilizer to their crops can vastly improve the quality-and quantity-of food a farmer harvests. These handheld fertilizer sprayers are lightweight and easy to carry while being durable enough to last for years

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Fishing Boats

$2500

On a nice day you may enjoy taking your fishing boat out on the lake. For millions of families in Asia fishing at sea is their primary source of livelihood. As a result of the Asian tsunami thousands lost their boats and nets-and with them their means of supporting their families. Your gift of a boat for $2500 will equip a family to provide for its daily needs.

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Fishing Net

$25

Millions of Asians rely on fishing to feed their families. In coastal areas they can cast their nets upon the waters everyday and sell the fish to the local markets. Those in more interior villages fish on a seasonal basis to supplement their incomes. And the fisherman get a much larger profit since they dont have to rent or buy their own nets leaving more money for essential household needs

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Jesus Wells

$1500

Jesus Wells provide clean pure drinking water and promote an awareness of good hygiene leading to fewer medical problems. You can provide a Jesus Well for an entire community for $1500.

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LED Solar Light System

$125

In areas where there is no electricity - such as low-caste or Dalit villages - good lighting at night is unobtainable for many. An LED solar light system running on solar power with a seven-year battery would be a special blessing for people in such places. For $125 you can provide an LED solar light system a gift that will light up a home.

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Mosquito Nets

$12

These nets offer protection from the sting of an infected mosquito and help to give their owner a restful nights sleep. Most households need several nets to protect everyone in the family. Save them from sickening agony or death from malaria for $12.

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Motorized Sewing Machine

$140

For the poor of Asia sewing is not just a hobby it is an opportunity to earn a livelihood for their family. In places where electricity is available a motorized sewing machine allows the work to be completed much faster. You can give a gift of a motorized sewing machine for $140 that not only clothes the family but will put food on their table as well.

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Outdoor Toilet

$160

Approximately 2.4 million deaths could be prevented annually if people had appropriate hygiene practices including reliable sanitation. Nearly 20 percent of the worlds population is forced to go to the bathroom out in the open. For only $160 you will help reduce the risk of common diseases by providing a family with an outdoor toilet. The external structure will vary however each unit includes a dual-tank system for optimized sanitation.

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Paddy Threshing Machine

$85

Harvesting rice is a laborious process that requires workers to spend hours separating the grains from the straw-like stalks. South Asian farmers have been doing this this work by hand for thousands of years. However now they can save precious time by using a simple paddy threshing machine. The pedal-operated machine takes no more skill than riding a bicycle.

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Pull Cart

$135

Carts piled high with fruit vegetables clothing or handcrafted items are a common site in South Asian cities. Working as a street vendor is a legitimate way to make a living. Yet many vendors struggle to earn enough money to even rent a cart. With their own cart a vendor can save time and keep the entire profit for his family

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Rickshaw

$200

Rickshaws are like the taxis of Asia. For many low-caste people being a rickshaw driver is the one opportunity they have to provide for their families. However many have to rent a rickshaw every morning because they can’t afford their own. Up to half of their daily income can go toward renting this vital piece of equipment. With their very own rickshaw these hardworking people can keep all that they earn to help pay for their family’s basic necessities

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Sewing Machine

$100

Many families work as labourers sometimes having to sell their children just to earn enough money to support their family. By providing a sewing machine to those in need they now have a chance to start their own tailoring business. Once the sewing machine is given classes are provided so people can start putting their new machines to good use.

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Tin Sheets -1 set

$220

The best South Asian homes are built using simple materials that will withstand the harsh natural elements. Thats why many homes have roofs of tin sheets. The tin is lightweight and easy to install yet durable enough to withstand the monsoon rains

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Tool Kit

$95

In India planting season is vital for a poor rural family. For $95 you can provide a set of tools for a family to grow their own nutritious crops and maintain their home throughout the year. A tool kit includes an axe shovel saw plow sickle and crowbar

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Vocational Training

$38

In places like Sri Lanka and South India where the 2004 tsunami displaced so many lives and in teeming cities like Delhi and Bombay the ability to make a decent living often involves vocational training that is beyond the reach of the poor. GFA is teaming up with local organisations to offer training in such practical fields as welding sewing or other basic trades.

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Weaving Loom

$170

Northeast Indias tribal villages are known around the world for their beautiful hand-woven textiles. Entire families make their living weaving cloth and sewing it into garments handbags hats and household items. With a sturdy weaving loom they can produce these items faster increase their profits and provide for their familys needs

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Womens Literacy Program

$30

Women across South Asia gather each week for literacy classes where they learn reading writing and math skills. When a woman completes the course shes able to read warning labels to protect her children and understand contracts to avoid bonded labor. She wont get cheated at the marketplace because she will finally know how to add. And she can read the Bible for herself and teach it to her children.
Empower Women with the Ability to Read
These women must become better equipped to survive in a society that frequently takes advantage of them. Classrooms are available and willing teachers are ready all these eager students need is a literacy book and something to write on. Please donate toward these effective teaching tools.

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