Bringing Hope to Those Living in Poverty
Empower people with sustainable solutions to help them have a better life
Lighting the Path is dreaming of a world without poverty.
Will you dream with us?
The core steps we believe should be considered in providing effective sustainable solutions that will benefit individuals for a lifetime start with, first and most importantly, listening to what they state they need. We then evaluate the available resources and skills along with training and education needs and develop empowerment programs to teach valuable skills to assist them in starting their own small enterprise. All this is done while maintaining cultural diversity and dignity. Our multifaceted approach promotes education and financial stability of individuals, families, and communities while building self-worth and self reliance.
According to the World Bank Poverty report 42% of people living in Sub-Saharan Africa live on less than $1.90 a day which is the international extreme poverty line. Fifty nine million children in these countries do not attend school and work to help their families survive. In Burkina Faso this extreme poverty rate is 72% of the population with half of this group being children. Sub- Saharan Africa has the highest infant mortality rate in the world. For those born in Sub-Saharan Africa the life expectancy is 46 years with one in eleven children dying before their fifth birthday. Thirty percent of the children are malnourished to the point of stunted growth and impaired development.
Women and girls are undervalued and under served in these countries with minimal rights. Our efforts focus on bringing value to women and girls, offering education and empowering them to earn a wage to raise their family’s standard of living. Building self confidence and self esteem give these women and girls the motivation to work on changing their lives and they see that they can accomplish great things!
“When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner must be treated as your native born. Love then as yourself, for you were foreigners Leviticus 19:33-34
the giving hope project
Serving Girls in need
the school for girls project
meeting health needs
The Girls for Girls Project
Employing the Marginalized
Lighting the Path is training and employing marginalized populations to produce goods needed by others in poverty and changing lives. Women are sewing washable and reusable sanitary pads for women and girls in need. Your contribution will directly help change the life of someone in need by helping us, teach skills and meet needs! We empower people and change lives by giving a hand up, not a hand out!
Lighting the Path was awarded the 2016 Billion Acts of Peace Hero Award for their humanitarian work ending poverty and empowering women. The award was chosen by a panel of 13 Nobel Peace Laureates and presented in Monte Carlo, Monaco by Nobel Peace Laureate Rigoberto Manchu.
- Our Vision
- See a world where people are no longer living in poverty
- See successful global efforts to end starvation and malnutrition
- See programs meeting the health and nutrition needs of women and children in need
- See countries provide education to all women and girls to empower women and raise their social status
- See all women empowered and able to earn a sustainable income and break the cycle of poverty
- See all people loved, respected and valued for who they are and given opportunities for building a future
- See all people given the freedom to practice their religion of choice with no persecution
- See all people who wish to learn more about God’s word have that opportunity
Lighting the Path was awarded the 2016 Hero Award for their work ending Poverty and empowering women. The award was chosen by a panel of 13 Nobel Peace Laureates and presented in Monte Carlo, Monaco by Nobel Peace Laureate Rigoberto Manchu.
- Provide skills and supplies to women who can then create sustainable income
- Empower women to raise the standard of living for her family
- Build schools and provide educational supplies to village schools
- Offer the opportunity to attend business school
- Help marginalized populations to open their own business
- Teach women to sew, make soap, and other skills to earn an income