Sustainable International Development
We want a world where all children—girls and boys—have access to education and where no child has to work to ensure their family’s survival.
Poverty isn’t the result of a single cause. The issue is complex and rooted in a number of correlated social and economic obstacles. If you only tackle one issue, regardless of the money and resources you invest, the cycle of poverty will persist.
That’s why we created an international development model that addresses the five primary causes of poverty with holistic and sustainable solutions that work in tandem to transform communities.
We call this program Adopt a Village.
It’s holistic, it’s sustainable, and it works.
Adopt a Village is an adaptive, effective five-pillar model built on 20 years of experience collaborating with dedicated community members and international development experts to find solutions that work.
Adopt a Village’s five pillars are:
Each pillar is a critical component in breaking the cycle of poverty.
It starts with schooling.
If we’re going to talk seriously about ending child poverty, we need to talk about education. Giving a child an education is the best way to set them up for success and break the cycle of poverty.
Children—especially girls—can only attend school if they have access to clean water. It frees girls from the daily task of collecting water for their families, and prevents waterborne illnesses that make children sick and unable to go to school. So we work with communities to provide sustainable clean water solutions like wells and hand pumps.
Children can only attend school if they and their parents are healthy. Clean water is one solution, but families also need access to health care, and programs that teach disease prevention and healthy living. So we partner with communities on health initiatives like clinics and vaccination programs.
Children can only attend school if they are well fed. Hungry, malnourished children are at best inattentive, at worst, sick. Made possible by founding partner PotashCorp, we work with communities to provide programs that promote food security and improved agriculture, like school gardens and irrigation projects. This ensures communities have better access to healthy food, and food to sell, improving economic outcomes as well.
Children can only attend school if their parents have the financial means and time to invest in their education and their basic health. So we teach parents, often mothers, skills such as animal husbandry that help them generate an income and accrue savings.
Here’s how Adopt a Village is changing lives and transforming communities.
“In eight countries, Free The Children works alongside the men, women and children who every day strive to free themselves from poverty, exploitation, disease and thirst. This effort is not charity. It is sustainability. It is freedom in action. It is Free The Children’s Adopt a Village development model.”