As recent books like When Helping Hurts, The Poor Will Be Glad, and Toxic Charity bring to light, economic self-sustainability is a necessary component to any organization’s or program’s long-term results and successes. Community care projects in support of orphaned and at-risk children are not an exception to this rule. To have any chance at long-term success, there needs to be real ownership and buy-in by the community serving and being served by the project.
At La Providencia, we are working on several self-sustainability projects, including a coffee farm, a vegetable garden, a retail store, a sliding-scale tuition at Academia La Providencia, and sliding-scale payments at the John Eaves Medical Clinic. Our staff is working with investors, advisors, and local community members to start these projects with the hope that they will eventually generate enough revenue to fund the majority of La Providencia’s operations.
If you want more information or are interested in helping with any of these projects, contact us today.