Project Self-Respect and Independence
Summary - This is World in Need's most powerful program which provides individuals and families with the equipment, animals or training needed to become self-supporting. These families then provide assistance to other families in need, and the cycle continues. Helping one multiplies to help five others without any additional investment. The program is conducted in America and around the world.
World In Need puts the ancient Chinese proverb, "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime", into powerful action. With its most popular program, World In Need provides families across the world with the equipment, seeds, funds or food-producing animals, along with the training to turn these resources into a lasting livelihood.
Project Self-Respect and Independence gives impoverished families the means to look beyond the daily struggle for survival and toward a brighter self-reliant future. World In Need provides short-term financial and technical support to one family, which then provides assistance to another family and the cycle continues. Every time World In Need helps one family, within three years, five families have a new means of livelihood. For instance, 100 farm animals will be bred and shared with 100 new families every six months...helping 3,000 families in five years.
By learning how to successfully breed livestock, use and share livestock resources and sell their offspring, villagers can, at last, adequately clothe, nourish and educate their families. Additionally, World In Need provides training in organizing, accounting and planning management, giving villagers lasting remedies for building their communities as well as their independence and pride.
U.S. Project Self-Respect and Independence
In the United States there are many individuals and families in need. The needs of people in this country may be vastly different from those in other parts of the world, yet no less vital, no less devastating. There are those who struggle every day against poverty and hardship, who face illness and accidents and lose everything including hope and self-respect. The livelihood assistance programs of World In Need can intervene.
When things are at their worst, World In Need steps in to provide help and give hope, offer guidance, skills training and a chance to start anew. The volunteer committees of U.S. Project Self-Respect and Independence review applications from all parts of the country and provide assistance in whatever way it is needed, where its needed most.
In keeping with World In Needs self-perpetuating mission, all those who are helped turn and help others, by giving direct assistance or paying back money that goes to alleviate other needs. Through the U.S.-based work of World In Need, people of all circumstances have learned job skills, started their own businesses, gotten off public welfare, and then gone on to support others in finding health, education, employment and, perhaps most importantly, a new sense of dignity and accomplishment.