Many charities operate on the philosophy of providing people with the tangible goods they need to survive another hour, day or week. While feeding, clothing and sheltering people is essential, it presents the challenge of being unsustainable. Eventually, the food runs out, the clothing tears and the home becomes damaged.
You’ve heard the adage: Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach him to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime. At Khusi Hona, we believe in tackling the issue of poverty by teaching marketable skills that will not only boost a family’s income, but also stimulate the local community by providing needed services and opportunities for further success. We accomplish this in two ways:
1. For children who are young enough, we get them into school. Education opens up a world of opportunities, and we feel that this is the best option for young families.
2. For teenagers and adults, we offer training and skills development that allows people to generate an income for themselves and their families or organizations. Some examples of this type of training include:
- Teaching the employees of an orphanage how to operate a business with an electric rickshaw. The orphanage hired a widowed woman as a driver, passing an income-generating opportunity into the local community. The profits are fed directly into the orphanage.
- Teaching agricultural skills to people in Nepal. A small cash crop agriculture operation was born. This will provide income to the farmers, as well as resources to the whole community.
- Teaching widows how to sew and produce materials that will be sold. Again, this not only raises the quality of life for these women, but also impacts the community as a whole.
The goal of Khusi Hona is to meet both immediate and long-term needs by providing tangible goods now, as well as the skills and training necessary for people to meet their own needs later. This education is sustainable and beneficial to entire communities.