Joining Hands Blog
All of us at Hands of Freedom, on behalf of the approximately 18,000 who benefit from this ministry, want to thank each of you for your support in the last year.
Mary and Luke Lewy recently sponsored a well through Hands of Freedom. Mary shared a little of their story… “My husband has a salsa garden. All of the garden’s ingredients are dedicated to the salsa he cans. If I want a tomato for a salad, I have to sneak it. He cans hundreds of jars each summer.
Please watch this short video which tells the story about how Hands of Freedom helps the poor of India.
From all of us at Hands of Freedom, we thank you for your generosity in 2011 and your continued support as a partner in 2012. With your help we can continue to make a difference for those in need in India, like these children, who with your support can flourish! Happy New Year!
Nasima, a mother of four young children, is a member of the Hands of Freedom savings program. She was in a very challenging and desperate financial situation. Living in a slum, she had accepted that there was no hope and that poverty was her family’s destiny in life. Then, Nasima was introduced to the Hands of Freedom savings and mentoring program.
Jaya, one of the Hands of Freedom Saving Group members, is specialized in pickle-making. After being mentored and encouraged by Hands of Freedom, she decided to use her talents in order to start a pickle business.
Did you know nearly 40,000 children are abducted every year of which 11,000 remain untraced according to a report by the National Human Rights Commission of India? We want to take a minute to tell you more about our Hope Centers, located right in the community, that serve as a safe haven for children living in poverty.
Here are some interesting facts on Hands of Freedom! Number of families involved in the Hands of Freedom program: 4,200. Number of businesses started: 200 with about 96% still operating.
Preeti is in the savings program and bought a sewing machine to start her own business. She is very creative and is expanding to embroidery. Before joining the savings program she had no opportunities. She enjoyed making things but would throw them away because she had no hope and felt it would do her no good.
Hands of Freedom is very excited to announce that we have been selected as the charity of choice for 2011 by Mid-America Events and Expos, a Kocina Marketing Company (http://www.101expos.com/)!