Jjemba Mathew

Prince Joseph Foundation Africa

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How to End Poverty in Households.

One night, four scruffy little girls, each with her little sack, accosted me, begging. They asked me in Luganda (local language), if I could spare food, they looked so pathetic and helpless; so grubby from head to toe and ……so HUNGRY! After a few questions I discovered that they had a mama but no papa, which by UNHCH definition meant that they were also orphans. I recognized immediately that they were not only vulnerable but in danger. They could be lured by unsavory characters, bad young men, even paedophiles (Yes, they are common and exit in Africa) who would make them perform dreadful acts with the promise of food and money. I sent them home laden with dried beans and Posh (Maize Flour) and big hugs! Then the grim reality hit me! They, too, will one day become teenagers-survivors, not of cruel wars, not of HIV/AIDS but of STARVATION.Now my concern whenever i sleep in my bed,i keep on asking my self."How can i help communities/household to come over poverty line"? at-least to keep food in their house.How I and my partners do? How can other people join us?

I just want ideals and the way you see the global movement on ending poverty in Africa especially in my country Uganda

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    Jan 24 2014: There are several ways. This coming from an Investment student. If you have an urge to help them and are eager to take steps in that direction then I suggest that you open an NGO. It takes nothing to open one!

    I: Crowd-Funding: It's fairly easy to do, go to crowd-funding sites such as Kickstarter.com or fundme.com and upload the mission of your NGO and ask people to be generous! They 'DO' fund.
    II: Micro-Finance: These banks can process micro-loans to people you intent to help. They can also ask your NGO to oversee the performance of the dispersed loans too. This is the most viable solution to end poverty at the moment.
    III: Loans: Ask for loans for your NGO so that you can expand your operations. But remember banks aren't as eager to disperse loans to not-for-profit organization. Your gonna have to convince them that your NGO helps poor people to produce and sell cheap hand-made goods that keeps your organization in profit and people above poverty line.
    IV: International-Organizations: IFC and such organizations provide financial assistance to programs and NGO's aimed at ending poverty.
    V: Grants: This is a great way to fund your NGO since you won't have to return a single penny.
    VI: Volunteers & Charity: United Nations Volunteers are always eager to help. And you can run charity campaigns by taking a helping hand from such volunteers and the community.

    Hope it helps :)
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      Jan 25 2014: Thank you Rohan,Your information is helpful,i already have a community based organisation,but is not easy to get a loan from microfinace nor a bank since we have have no properties.i have been trying to get volunteers but it seems it is not easy for me.Grants i always send proposals.

      Every sucessful NGO/CBO in Africa must have an office or registered in one or two of developed countries of which is it is still a challenge to me.I
      I am doing my best hope one day i will succed,
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      Jan 24 2014: Thanks Breandan,You have a great ideal.Thank you alot
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    Jan 28 2014: Good education, good leadership, and working together as citizens of the world will end most of conflicts and poverty.
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    Jan 24 2014: you could check out my diet, Jjemba. For the last five years, I've been living almost entirely on milk, every day I drink about two gallons, or 7.5 liters, of skim milk, and hardly eat or drink anything else. It has been great for my health. Living on milk is relatively cheap. In the U.S., the average American (the last time I checked) spent about $9 on food per day. But living on two gallons of milk a day, I only spend $6.
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    Jan 24 2014: Thanks Breandan,You have a great ideal.Thank you alot
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    Jan 23 2014: Thank you.
    I understand
  • Jan 23 2014: To start with, there is no simple solution. What I would suggest is this. Go to where those children live, meet their family and friends. See where they live and how they survive. Then work with that family to help them in the way that best suits them. You may need to give them shelter or introduce them to anyone and everyone that can help. Then once you are done helping them move on to the next person/family. Only after you have done this with many people/families will you be able to see what needs the people of your community have and the best means to deal with that. You will also be building a network in the process that will allow you to begin affecting change on a larger scale.
    I think 'Keith W Henline' put it best, "Never, ever, ever give up..."
    and always remember to not just fix the here and now, but tomorrow, next week and next year as well.
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      Jan 23 2014: Thank you Joshua Sanders,i met the family and friends, after seeing and experiencing the situation in their home i developed the concept of a home for orphaned children starting with those children, the vision has grown and finally is taking shape. we currently have 23 children in the home.(Prince Joseph Foundation Orphanage Center)

      All in all Mr.Joshua,i found that No human beings are able to survive properly without education. By the means of education only one’s potential can be used to maximum extent. I think Education tells men how to think, how to work properly, how to make decision.Education does not only give children higher self-esteem, but it is also a ladder to climb out of poverty unfortunately these children had no chance to attend school.

      After one year,I explored the possibility of setting up a primary school for orphaned and vulnerable children but i was not successful in raising funds then i decided to partner with local schools to give me bursaries and scholarships where i pay little money for these children.With the help from my friends and family,we wanted to help many possible children in the community,In 2012, 100 children were registered for that program in three different schools.Only 23 are living in my home and 100 are coming from the community where they stay with their relatives.Our Heart is breaking when we go to school to check how our children perform,they report we get from teachers is that many children come to school without eating anything which means they can not study properly.The poverty in their homes can not allow them to buy food and they don't have land to grow their own food.
      That statement is pushing me to start programs which can help households,but am asking my self, "How can i do it since i don't have money?"
      • Jan 23 2014: First I must applaud you for the accomplishments you have made. It seems your on the right track. Unfortunately, when it comes to matters of money, I can not be of any help. I too live well below the poverty line and have no background in fundraising. One bit of advise tho, if you cant raise the funds within your community, your program has almost no chance to survive. Any outside funds you manage to get, would be temporary and what you clearly need is steady source of revenue. So make it clear to your community that it is only their kindness and generosity that will allow your program to survive.
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          Jan 23 2014: I understand financial crisis is every where,Our eyes are NOT on Donors,we are working hard to set-Up income generating activities which can support our programs even though they are not big.Good enough i have land,i want to plant food and cash crops so that i can feed those around me,and also teach the community standard ways of farming.Yes,we get support we appreciate,as you know money is always need but our effort is to work for own since it is not easy to find people with generosity heart.
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    Jan 23 2014: Jjemba, Ending poverty is the result of solving the problems at the top. There is a old saying: Give a man a fish and he will eat today ... teach him to fish and he will eat well for the rest of his life.

    I would like to say that all organizations that claim to be working for the children are honest and above board .. But that is not true. In most cases only a few cents on the dollar go to the cause.

    The best way to help a country and its citizens is to remove corruption, install a government that is concerned about the economical, educational, and health issues .... If there is no stability and growth at the top the bottom will never recover.

    You cannot "end poverty" ... the media has divided the world into rich .... middle class ,,, and those living in poverty. We will always have those divisions. However, being poor in Uganda and poor in the USA are not comparable.

    The facts are that Uganda is unstable ... issues like wars, AIDS / HIV, starvation, corruption, etc ... are the factors that are preventing seeing to the needs of the people. These are the very factors that also stifle the economic growth of the country. All contributing to the kids you saw and helped.

    I am not an expert on your country ... these are my opinions and the way I see to answer your question. I hope I did not offend ... it was not my intention.

    I wish you well. Bob.
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      Jan 23 2014: Thank you for your great comment,i agree with you in same cases,good Governance is the key factor to change lives,but since it is not easy to bring in good leaders,what can we do ? we as a community based organization?we have no money,what strategies can we set to help people at least get food and water for themselves?
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    Jan 23 2014: Jjemba, please look at this organization which studies your question on a large scale: http://www.povertyactionlab.org/

    The two scholars who run the center have published a book recently called Poor Economics that analyses best strategies for improving the health, nutrition, education, and self-sufficiency of the very poor.
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      Jan 23 2014: Thank you Fritzie.The Abduk Latif Jameel is great.I am reading through it.hope i can find some solution.
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        Jan 23 2014: Read their book if you can. As an individual, your focus might be to engage in part of a solution. For example, they find many strategies with demonstrated use, but an individual is usually not positioned to put his energy into all of them. Rather, an individual can work with an organization that does some of the things that work.
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    Jan 22 2014: When 1% of the worlds population controls 40% of the worlds wealth, there is really only one answer.
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      Jan 23 2014: which answer David?
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        Jan 23 2014: Just a general comment - how do we end poverty when a small percentage of the worlds population controls the wealth and won't share it?
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      Jan 24 2014: Charity has never ended poverty; it is a band aid at best.
      Education and good quality land ends poverty and what the 1% has and is what the rest of the world needs to improve their wealth. Not hand-downs, but instead a stable foundation to stand on.

      (See the links I posted below)
  • Jan 22 2014: I am very much moved by your concern for your people. I am a Nigerian and we have similar issue in Nigeria. I happened to have the same mind with you, but i have no money or food to help this people. I have ideas relating to agricultural businesses, but i do not have capital to either help myself or this people i which to help. Nigeria has a very large land for agriculture, but the government is not utilizing it only few wise Nigerian farmers are going into mechanized farming, but yet it cant serve the nation. As i am writing this to you, i have not eating for the past 3 days. This will tell you how worst my country is. I will only advise you to harness your agricultural opportunities to solve the problem. I will also appreciate you, if you can assist me with little capital to start up a farming business in my country and we can even work together in areas of farm business.
  • Jan 22 2014: 1) You have picked your fight and it is a good one. Never, ever, ever give up, even if you ass falls off, pick it up and bring it to work with you.
    2) When you are up to your ass in alligators, try to remember that it is the "journey", not the destination that is important.
    3) Know matter how many times you get knocked down, keep getting up stronger each time.

    "It matters not which path but what we leave to follow"- Keith W Henline
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      Jan 22 2014: Thank you Keith for your encouraging comment,i has become a message to me.Yes there is many challenges.Hope God help me to persist.
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      Jan 22 2014: Thank you Lilly,i have seen all your ideals,but How can we teach people Not to waste money in useless things.
      Since we are Not government that we are going to force them.
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      Jan 23 2014: By your standards, art is a nasty narcissistic unless thing humans do.
      So no need for visual or preforming art, novels or music, and no meaning in life other than just a mindless survival.

      I seek win/win in life, and find things that help both me and others.
      So no need to lessen my life’s experiences to improve others life’s experiences.
      If you plant a rose bush does not you and the bees benefit from you action.
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    Jan 21 2014: Three of my Favorite TED talks address this issue, in totally different ways.
    http://www.ted.com/talks/allan_savory_how_to_green_the_world_s_deserts_and_reverse_climate_change.html
    http://www.ted.com/talks/sugata_mitra_build_a_school_in_the_cloud.html
    http://www.ted.com/talks/ernesto_sirolli_want_to_help_someone_shut_up_and_listen.html

    So really it is a very complex issue and no one person has all the answers, all each of us can do is to select part of the issue and do what we can.
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        Jan 23 2014: Sad you see complexity as a cop-out, I see complexity as a reality and I’m offering a word of caution. For it is easy for a person to get caught up trying to fix everything and end up not fixing anything.

        have faith in humanity, others will see the need to fix issues you can not.