Plant Seeds That Empower a Brighter Future!
Join ILAD in bringing hope to Togo farmers still living in absolute poverty. Investing as little as $10 per month will empower a brighter future for one family through education and new farming techniques. How many families will you empower?
This program is dramatically changing the economic situation of over 600 farming families. The annual income from cotton on 2.5 acres is $300. Farmers who are planting organic pineapples and peanuts taught in the program are receiving an annual income of over $1000 on 2.5 acres!!
Over 65% of the population of Togo, West Africa, live on less than $2 per day and nearly 30% live on less than $1.25 per day. One root cause of this high incidence of poverty in Togo is the fact that 80% of the work force gains its income through agricultural activities yet most farmers lack access to innovative technologies and knowledge in agriculture. Most of these farmers are subsistence farmers who operate on family farms of less than 7 acres. Slash and burn and hand-held hoes are common agricultural methods used by Togolese farmers. The lack of education and technology to which the communities have access prevents the farmers from finding creative solutions to these problems.
ILAD-Togo is currently running a demonstration farm that provides agricultural training to rural farmers. Through this program, we are:
- Providing Togolese farmers with hands-on training in organic pineapple and peanut production, dry season irrigation, and crop diversification directly on the demonstration farm or via regional farmers’ cooperatives organized by ILAD,
- Potentially increasing the annual income from $300 (production of 2.5 acres of cotton) to over $1000 (production of 2.5 acres of peanuts and pineapple) for farmers who begin producing organic products taught in the program.
A gift as small as $3 can provide a rural elementary student with necessary school supplies.
In rural Togo, West Africa, it can be expected that one out of every two children will drop out of primary school, and most Togolese children will only go to school for a total of 5 years. For many of these children, the simple lack of funding for the essential supplies such as notebooks, pencils, erasers, mathematic tools, chalk and individual slate boards, keep them from attending school. ILAD has partnered with local schools to provide these supplies through a program that encourages parent participation and community involvement.
At the beginning of each school year, ILAD provides school supply kits for free but the parents are expected to contribute 25% of the cost, which is put in a community bank account. These funds accumulate over the course of several years until the community is using the fund to subsidize the supply kits themselves. ILAD is also encouraging excellence by rewarding the top 3 students in each grade with a new backpack. We would like to increase the reach of this program to over 4000 students in 12 schools.
Project Need is $1000 per school for 12 schools: Total $12,000
Development workers in West Africa are partnering with rural farmers to alleviate poverty through an income-generating cashew project:
- FACTORY: Start a for-profit social business – run a processing factory to add value so farmers from all over the region will no longer lack a market
- FARM: Grow a cashew orchard – develop better varieties and increase access to raw material
- FUTURE: Provide micro-loans with agricultural training for new cashew farmers
This social business emphasizes sustainability as the profits will be used for business expansion and community development projects.
Many families in Africa have to walk 15 miles to get clean water. Their water sources can easily get contaminated by diseases spread by animals. One well provides clean water to at least 1000 people living in the area. Starting in May 2017, two freshman at Santa Monica High School, Holly Hudson and Beanie Pernoll, started raising money to build a well in West Africa. They set a goal to raise $15,000 by May 2018, so that a well can be built. The students at Santa Monica High School are starting a club to raise awareness for this important cause. Please help out by donating to provide water to the many in need.
Project Need is $15,000 by May, 2018.
$45 can provide one year of literacy training for one person
In Togo, West Africa, ILAD has been conducting a program to build a strong literacy foundation among adults in their mother tongue, enabling community members to learn to read and write in their own language.
Some of the benefits that literacy is bringing to these families are:
- Income improvement and hunger relief – these farmers now have access to materials about improved farming methods, managing resources, and income diversification;
- Improved nutrition and health- these families can now read vital health information about disease prevention and treatment in their own language;
- Increased self-esteem and dignity.
During the past 3 years, through literacy classes and literacy teacher trainings in 4 different locations, ILAD has been able to graduate 135 participants from our literacy classes. We would like to increase our reach by adding 2 new teachers and 3 new locations to impact over 200 families.
Project Need is $1000 per class for 8 literacy classes: Total $8000
In 2017, a 50-bed dormitory was constructed on the farm to better host groups for training in agricultural methods. Before the dormitory, the farm could only host people for day trainings. This dormitory is also used for hosting medical doctors for clinics and visitors from other countries who wish to serve or learn on the farm. There are fully functioning bathrooms in the dormitory but there is a need to add solar power to the facility.