What, Why, and How?

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What Is Our Goal?

Our Goal is to create a better world by ending poverty – United Nations Global Goal #1

In September 2015, 193 world leaders agreed to 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development. If these goals are completed, it will mean an end to extreme poverty, inequality, and climate change by 2030. (www.globalgoals.org)

Why Are We Doing This?

We believe that a world without poverty is a more
peaceful and equitable world.

We believe that a world without poverty is a world
with less suffering.

How Are We Doing This?

1. Investing in sustainable change

  • Eliminating root causes of poverty by investing in five different programs that improve lives
  • Minimizing overhead costs (100% of donations go to projects)
  • Volunteer executive management team and advisors

2. Inspiring people and organizations

  • People have the opportunity to visit and choose projects, invest,
    and take ownership
  • Skilled volunteer engagement opportunities
  • Join us on our in our humanitarian trips at www.abwcanada.ca/trips

3. Impacting through a Community
development model

  • Our unique, community-based approach is
    accountable and sustainable
  • We involve the local community and its leaders and listen intently in identifying the problems and their solutions
  • We invite the local government and the community to contribute to development costs and operational costs, and implement a long-term local management plan

What are we doing to achieve our goal?

EDUCATION UN Global Goal #4

Our goal is to give every child access to primary
education in a community

70 million children across the world are not able to go to school

103 million youth worldwide lack basic literacy skills, and more than 60 per cent of them are women

Why: Education is the foundation for mutual understanding, tolerance, opportunity, economic growth and justice.

What we do: Build, renovate and equip schools, build dormitories, improve textbook-to-student ratio, train teachers, provide regulated student scholarships.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela

HEALTH UN Global Goal #3

Our goal is to ensure access to adequate primary healthcare
for our communities

Children born into poverty are almost twice as likely to die before the age of five as those from wealthier families

Why: Access to healthcare allows people to consistently go to school and work, and enables them to live a productive life.

What we do: Build, renovate, and equip healthcare centres; train healthcare workers; and provide surgery and rehab services for disabled children.

“He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything.” – Thomas Carlyle

WATER UN Global Goal #6

Our goal is to reduce water-borne illness and ensure that
communities have access to clean water

663 million people go to bed without a clean glass of water

Why: Access to clean water improves health and prevents illness. 50% of hospital beds around the world are occupied by people with water-borne illnesses decreasing productivity.

What we do: Drill wells and construct water distribution systems, install rain harvesting and irrigation systems. We train people in maintaining the systems and in preventing water contamination.

“When the well is dry, we know the worth of water.” – Benjamin Franklin

AGRICULTURE UN Global Goal #2

Our goal is to ensure students and communities have
enough food to eat

Globally, one in nine people in the world today (795 million) are undernourished

Poor nutrition causes nearly half (45 per cent) of deaths in children under five – 3.1 million children each year

Why: Hunger limits the ability to learn and work and increases health risks.

What we do: Grow gardens and crops for school meals and community sustenance, train agriculture workers, provide the inputs needed for individual farmers to increase production.

“Hunger is not an issue of charity. It is an issue of justice.” – Jacques Diouf

INCOME GENERATION UN Global Goal #8

Our goal is to enable people to exit the cycle of poverty by
empowering them to earn an income

Nearly 2.2 billion people live below the US$2 poverty line and that poverty eradication is only possible through stable and well-paid jobs

103 million youth worldwide lack basic literacy skills, and more than 60 per cent of them are women

Why: Income generation is vital to sustainability and quality of life; Peace and Prosperity go hand in hand.

What we do: Provide micro-loans for people to expand or start businesses, provide training in areas of operating a business, and invest in a wage subsidy program for recent graduates to get permanent employment.

“Economic growth doesn’t mean anything if it leaves people out.” – Jack Kemp