Alleviating Poverty Without Hurting the Poor





We’d love to share with you our experiences working with the poor in Roatan, Honduras.  Our experience of working alongside a community has produced the nonprofit Care4Communities.  The emphasis on relationships and empowerment has laid the foundation to really focus on community development.  Community development from within proves lasting results.  Sustainability is a big word, yet one which is our long term goal.  Whether you are involved with short term missions, local US based charities, or simply uncomfortable with all this giving that’s being done today, come alongside us, share your ideas, and learn some principles and strategies that really do HELP WITHOUT HURTING!

FACTS:  (taken from Toxic Charity, by R. Lupton)

-Almost 90% of  you are involved personally or financially in the charity industry.

-Public service has become a way of life for Americans of all ages.  Nearly every church, business, or organization gets involved in some sort of service project.  The compassion industry is almost universally accepted as a virtuous and constructive enterprise.

-Surprise, surprise….its outcomes are almost entirely unexamined.  It takes more than high ideals to bring about substantive change in populations of need.

Giving to those in need what they could be gaining from their own initiative  may well be the kindest way to destroy people. ….We mean well, our motives are good, but we must conduct care-full due diligence to determine emotional, economic, and cultural outcomes on the receiving end of our charity.

-Relationships, built on reciprocal exchange, must be central to giving, in order to make lasting change.

Information will be available on the programs of Care4Communities, how Durango is partnering with Roatan, and an opportunity to purchase the amazing book, When Helping Hurts by Corbett & Fikkert.  We’d like to get some interested folks signed up to read this book and learn together how we can give more purposefully and mindful.  A slideshow presentation will occur and opportunities to meet others who have come to Honduras.