Freedom from Poverty works across Africa, India and Pakistan with families living in extreme poverty. We work with those who have to choose between basic necessities, shoes or heating, water or clean clothes, blankets or first aid.
We offer resources, grants and loans to enable people to access education or vocational training, or to start a business.
At Freedom from Poverty we know poverty can’t be eradicated overnight. However, we don't believe this should stop people trying to make a difference. We work on the principle that long term, sustainable solutions are better than short term fixes, where possible. We also believe in the power of empowerment. We want everyone to be part of this change. To get involved please contact us.
What we do
We believe people hold the key to change their situations, through often untapped skills or opportunities. We invest in these people through resources, practical support, grants and loans.
FFP breaks the restrictions of poverty by empowering communities and individuals to change their own lives.
We do this by:
Delivering grants, loans, training and resources to allow individuals to start their own income generating activities
Showing the love of Jesus to all who we work with, sharing the gospel and providing resources to make disciples in the countries we work in
Investing in start-up businesses and providing support for those wishing to set up a business
Providing or sponsoring education, skill development and training to improve employability or to encourage self-employment
Through partnering with local NGOs such as BERUDEP in Cameroon, VETNGO in India, Mustard Seed in Pakistan, Faith Mission India, and The Vallalar Educational Trust in South India, we are committed to freeing people from the cycles of poverty through sustainable and effective methods.
We have worked with over 600 individuals in Africa, Pakistan and India providing-changing and sustainable opportunities. For more about our projects please visit the 'projects' section of this website.
Our values are:
We value having an approach that not only involves the individuals we work with but allows them to manage and monitor the projects that directly affect them and their communities.
How our values impact on our work.
Each project we run is delivered with a bottom-up approach. Surveys and interviews with each community are carried out before we work with them to implement a project allow us to determine what the community wants and how, and if, we can help them to achieve this. We don't believe that communities need us to tell them what to do; instead, we harvest their skills, creativity and ideas to make projects that have been designed both by the community and us.
Above all, we are fully committed to all of our projects, and every single person that we work with. Each project is monitored by our UK and overseas staff and volunteers, and we constantly strive to improve our approach and expand our projects.
MEET THE TEAM
Rebecca is FFP's Director and Founder. She works as a chaplain and runs a small craft business, as well as training to be a human rights lawyer in Scotland. Rebecca has spent much of the last 15 years working in India, Africa and China, working as Country Director for an international charity and in programmes and fundraising in other charities, such as The Leprosy Mission. Rebecca studied her first Masters in Humanitarian Studies at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, a Degree in Biomedical Science from Bangor University and has a Postgraduate certificate in Human Rights Law from the University of London, and currently lives in Edinburgh. Rebecca writes for St Andrews Law Review on relevant and current topics, including online safety and social media law and the British Parliament’s handling of the Overseas Operations Bill. Rebecca is an elected deacon for her church and a committed Christian.
Andrea is a Christian psychotherapist who retrained in 2010 at Waverley Abbey, after many years of management and training experience in the Financial sector. She went on to complete a Masters in Integrative Psychotherapy at the London School of Theology and runs a small private practice from her home in Fife, Scotland. She writes Christian poetry, leads worship in her church and is president of the Scottish Baptist Lay Preachers Association. After a mission trip to India in 2016, she became interested in helping release those who had been trafficked into the sex trade and assisting charities who provide training to enable an alternative living. This developed into a wider interest in
enabling the poorest people, especially in Pakistan, to have toilets, water pumps and to be equipped and educated towards a better life
Rachel is a Founding Trustee. She is a qualified lawyer and assists the charity in its legal requirements, as well as running a health and nutrition business and mentoring other health start-up businesses. Rachel has been a guest blogger as well as writing for Christian publications such as the Evangelical Alliance, as well as guest speaking at seminars and on Christian Radio. During her spare time Rachel enjoys countryside walks with her dog, as well as gardening and growing vegetables.
Kokub is a Founding Trustee for Freedom from Poverty, and enjoys supporting a charity that puts people in need at the centre of its work. She is passionate about international development work which can be tricky, but also incredibly rewarding. Kokub has worked for various international and UK based charities as a consultant and her mantra is that the more people working to combat poverty the better!
Tom works as an ODP, an allied health professional in the National Health Service. When he’s not at work, he’s supporting his local church and spending time with his young family. He enjoys keeping fit through cycling and Judo. He became involved with FFP during late 2020 and is eager to get involved with our many projects in the coming years.