Our Projects  

Freedom from Poverty supports sustainable projects that permanently change people's lives. We don't believe in short term fixes. We are one of the only charities where over 90% of what you donate goes directly to the people who need it the most. To get involved in any of our projects or to donate please click here.
Eye care clinic and income support initiatives,
Cameroon, Africa

BRIEF: Income support initiatives for people living in rural villages

 

WHO: Predominantly farmers in and around Belo area

 

PARTNERS: In partnership with BERUDA, formally known as BERUDEP, a grassroots NGO local to the Boyo area in Cameroon.

 

HOW: The project supports a mobile eye clinic to provide free consultations and treatments.

 

The project would like to develop, with Freedom from Poverty, to be able to supply more modern, effective and accurate diagnosis and treatment, and cataracts for surgeries.

In 2015, 1305 patients attended the clinic. Of these people 132 were diagnosed with a cataract. Of the 1305 patients, only 25 could afford to pay for their own treatment.

 

95% of people living in the Boyo area are farmers. Vision impairments seriously effects their ability to be able to survive.

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School and youth work, Tamil Nadu,
South India

BRIEF: Income support initiatives for people living in rural villages

 

WHO: Predominantly farmers in and around Belo area

 

PARTNERS: VETNGO

 

HOW: Our school improvement project is currently helping to build additional classrooms, a water system and adequate toilet facilities for a school in Kanjanur, South India.

 

Additionally, we have built a training centre for additional skills such as tailoring, sewing and dance to be taught, on the school premises, for adults and children.

The school charges much less than the other local schools for tuition fees, but it still must charge something to run itself. However, some children in the local area still go without education as they cannot afford even these fees (£100 / 1000 rupees per year). Many families with more than one child choose only one child who will be educated. The school therefore takes on children who are sponsored; FFP offers sponsorship opportunities for those who would like it.

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Mustard seeing sewing school,
Gujranwala, Pakistan

BRIEF: Income support initiatives for people living in rural villages

 

WHO: Families in rural Pakistan

 

PARTNERS: In partnership with local villagers

 

HOW: We have set up a small sewing school, teaching 7 girls at a time tailoring skills. FFP fund the equipment and the trainer’s salary.

 

This simple vocational training projects aims to increase employability prospects for young women living with families who may not be able to send them to school.

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Leprosy Support,
Tamil Nadu, South India

BRIEF: Income support initiatives for people living with leprosy

WHO: People with leprosy in Tamil Nadu

PARTNERS: VETNGO charity, locally based in Tamil Nadu

HOW: For a person with leprosy finding work is near impossible, in South India people with leprosy also experience discrimination and isolation.

Our project in South India works with 30 people with leprosy. The project provides income generating and entrepreneurship opportunities.

Funds donated to this project will allow us to recruit additional people onto this project who need our support, and to give them a grant to start up their own income generating project, allowing them to earn money to support themselves and their families.

Santhom Slum, Kerala, India

BRIEF: Income support initiatives for people living in rural villages

 

WHO: Families living in Santhom slum

 

HOW: This project has so far involved the building of 13 houses for people living in a very poor area of Santhom Slum, in Ernakulam district of Kerala, India. The slum is large and sprawling and sits beside, and sometimes on, a dirty river. Stray dogs and cats sleep in between the rusted metal sheets that hold houses together, and mosquitoes swarm over muddy patches between the houses.

 

The project, initially ran by Global Vision International, was funded by the Crossman Trust and facilitated the building of a playground by the slum as well as houses. The project incorporated education aspects such as after school tuition for local children and vocational courses for local women. Many women chose a diploma in dress making and passed with flying colours, making their employment prospects better and improving the life chances of their children.

 

The original homes leak when monsoon season comes, are unhygienic; filled with insects and are dark from the smoke of fires which the families cook over. The new homes are clean, spacious, safe, sturdy and durable. They offer families hope, protection and shelter from the Monsoon season and intense sun.

 

These homes are only £2500 to build! Please get involved. Supply a family with a home for life.

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