1. Holistic People-Driven Development

Urban poverty has many facets, and so it's important to develop a holistic method to solving the problems. Evidence shows that results from single-issue, short-term projects are superficial and quickly dissolve. In contrast, successful projects with lasting benefits serve the whole person, have a long-term, holistic focus, and involve community members in decision making from the start. 

We have, and continue to develop, community-based interventions that address urban poverty from different angles - including community health, job creation, leadership development, social-emotional health, and more.

As we pursue holistic, people-driven development, we see transformation happening through the following signs:


Learning that empowers

Transformation looks like...improved accessibility to education that equips and enhances life.

  • Youth: 2,800 youth directly impacted through life skills education via our sports league; youth groups and involvement in 11 public schools; increasing high school attendance and reducing self-destructive patterns.
  • Youth Leaders: 150 youth leaders developed.
  • Children: 1,000 involved in kids' clubs and summer camps.

Healthy habitat for all

Transformation looks like...improved environmental and community health.

  • Community Health: 800 families (representing 3,500 people) taught public health prevention, resulting in a decease of preventable diseases; deworming completed for 100,000 people in collaboration with two Public Health Departments.
  • Health Promoters: 105 community health promoters trained.
  • Environmental Clean-Up: 14,000 people benefit from access to safer and cleaner public spaces.
  • Households: 40 homes improved in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity.

Wealth Creation

Transformation looks like...expanded opportunities to achieve economic self sufficiency.

  • Micro-enterprise: Coached the launching of 3 micro-enterprises.
  • Vocational training: 62 youth completed vocational training.