Indian Community Development

BGR International is intentional about focusing on overlooked people in need, and when local partners became aware of a commune in West Bengel, India, that was being pushed to the edges of society, they moved in to take action. Often, in marginalized communities, lack of access to education and necessary resources is the root cause of a lot of underlying issues, so community development and solution identification quickly became the main objectives of the program that was set in place.        

Local leaders were able to establish a weekly group of trailblazers who set goals tackling the main issues that their friends and families were facing: income generation, successful migration and integration, and exploitation. These pioneers identified ways in which they could create startups whose success would reveal ways in which their labor was being unfairly compensated and their men were exploited.

Specifically, the main pilot project involved building a large brick kiln that all the families could easily access and earn a consistent income from. After weeks of hard work, the kiln was built, and families were able to make a 160% profit from their efforts, even doubling the standard labor wage for local workers.

The hard work of these individuals combined with your generous donations made a real and lasting impact on this community! To learn about similar projects and giving opportunities, stay connected with BGRi through our blog and social media platforms. 

BGRI Life Skills Program

The goal of coming alongside communities in need is always to have them eventually become self-sufficient and empowered to sustain meaningful lives. For one group of villages, all that was needed was an initial spark of inspiration for the local leaders to rally and create their own internal structures and systems for the benefit of the community.        

BGR International partners were informed of the need for guidance and instruction on infant and mother nutrition, preventative healthcare measures, general life skills, and generational literacy training. To fill this gap in education, a life skills program was created and made available to a community comprising almost 1,000 women and children. This group of pioneer women focused their weekly meetings on empowering each other to enhance their capacities for life and happiness, to become competent workers, and to be confident in their capabilities.

Soon after the group was started, outsider involvement was deemed unnecessary, as problems were being solved internally and the group mindset had shifted from mere survival tactics to potential for community development. This transformation from reliance on outside resources to self-sufficiency within a village is ideal and serves as a testament to what educational and training programs can do for a community’s growth. To learn about ways to collaborate with BGR International on similar projects, visit http://bgri.org/contact/.

Empowering South Asian Women

In many rural South Asian communities, the subversion of women is still a major issue that needs healing and addressing by internal authorities. One way that South Asian women participating in a recent BGRi project found to empower one another was by meeting in small groups on a regular basis to discuss healthcare issues, disease prevention tactics, and income generation for the female population in general.

Through these regular meetings, almost 30 matriarchs were able to problem solve for important issues surrounding their community, such as general nutrition and dietary problems, clean water deficiencies, and agricultural complications.  These women were able to execute a pilot project to test some of their theoretical solutions by starting a communal kitchen and garden that was available to all surrounding tribes. This endeavor resulted in revived soil health in the region, a renewed interest in composting and recycling, and the collective construction of a fresh water well.

It is truly remarkable what this small group of invested mothers was able to accomplish when they banded together for the good of their families. Please be in prayer for these women and the thousands of others struggling to provide for their communities! 

 

Relief and Development Training

BGR International is a leader in training organizations and response groups in community development and disaster relief. Strategically focused on empowering communities to be self-sufficient, our training is designed to equip the local populace in problem-solving rather than attempting to be the problem solver.

Facilitated classroom training is followed by an on-site practicum where trainees lead others in learning the same skills that they were taught in the classroom.

Village School Development

Volunteer teams from community development training in Singapore are working to promote and implement theories that they learned in the classroom in the Philippines’ rural communities. More than 20 students have trained local leaders in the basic principles of community development and disaster response.

BGR partners and local leaders created lesson plans on nutritional education and childcare that proved helpful for the health and longevity of the community. Improved gardening techniques were introduced and demonstrated, and teams facilitated medical and dental clinics, educational camps, and school nutrition programs.

Thank you for your continued support in helping us provide these resources for communities in need!

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