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One billion people across the world live in extreme poverty, struggling to survive on the equivalent of about $1 a day. But it doesn’t have to be this way, as you can see by some of the little-known global improvements that have taken place over the last couple of decades (source: BBC):

  • The proportion of people living in extreme poverty, on roughly $1 a day, has fallen by more than 50% since 1990 in Asia, Latin America and Africa
  • The UN Sustainable Development Goal 1.1 is to end extreme poverty, and if the trend of the past 25 years continues, this goal will be reached around 2030
  • Approximately 90 percent of all primary-school-age girls in the world today go to school.
  • Approximately 80% of people in the world today now have electricity in their homes.

Working at the front lines of poverty alleviation, Namlo has been helping to build sustainable communities in Nepal and Nicaragua for over 15 years now. Namlo operates at the community level, where real improvements can be made – and need to be made in order to make lasting change.

  • Education, including school and infrastructure development, technical assistance, and academic capacity building. School construction has historically formed the initial foundation of Namlo’s relationships with the partner communities. Community sweat equity, supporter donations, local technical expertise, and Namlo volunteers are all integral to a successful project. School Improvement – Namlo provides an ongoing commitment to the schools it constructs to provide technical assistance to school administrators, teachers and community committees to foster an environment of educational performance. Scholarships – Namlo International funds education scholarships for the most promising students in its partner communities, with the goal of the scholarship students then giving back to their community.
    Khamdenu school under construction

    Khamdenu school under construction

    Students in front of new Khamdenu School

    Students in front of new Khamdenu School

  • Sustainable Community DevelopmentNamlo International’s efforts seek to create sustainable communities, thereby empowering partner communities to meet their own needs in the future without compromising the needs of their children. The Community Development process forms the basis on which all Namlo projects are designed and implemented, and consists of building the capacity of community leaders so that they can create their own long-term vision of their community, and acquire the skills to achieve it.
  • Economic Development– Namlo works with community members to identify entrepreneurial activities that can not only raise incomes and living standards, but can also contribute to the well-being of the community as a whole. This process harnesses the entrepreneurial spirit, desire for self-improvement and recognition of the inter-relatedness of individuals and communities. This is the key to building resilient communities, and diminishes the risk of developing dependencies on Namlo or other organizations. Examples of this include Namlo’s work in supporting ginger, coffee and tomato farmers, promoting household greenhouses for nutrition and income, and establishing microenterprise business development centers. To improve its own self-sufficiency as a social enterprise, Namlo itself is engaged in market activities, selling handicrafts made in Nepal as well as organizing volunteer trips to enable westerners to learn about and participate in grass-roots development.
    Agriculture Coordinator Don Vicente

    Agriculture Coordinator Don Vicente

    Nicaragua Household Greenhouse

    Nicaragua Household Greenhouse

  • Women’s Empowerment– Despite their strength, women frequently do not occupy a strong position in their societies, either in terms of decision-making, access to resources, education, or even control over their own lives. Namlo works to strengthen women at the village level, offering adult literacy classes, entrepreneurship opportunities, and the chance to be involved in leadership roles in their schools, communities and in their own homes. Examples include the establishment of women’s microenterprise cooperatives in Nepal.

    Namlo Coordinator Kanchi with Ladies in Dhuskun

    Namlo Coordinator Kanchi with Ladies in Dhuskun

  • Community Infrastructure – Namlo supports communities’ interests in improving basic infrastructure, health and services. These projects are identified, designed, organized and financed with local community contribution, both cash and in-kind. Projects in both Nepal and Nicaragua include rural water supply, latrines, school kitchens and community/business centers.