Grants for International Projects Outside of the United States
THE PRESBYTERIAN HUNGER PROGRAM
The Presbyterian Hunger Program is a small program lodged within the Compassion, Peace and Justice ministry area of the General Assembly Mission Council of the Presbyterian Church (USA). Its work extends the solidarity of Presbyterians in the United States of America to poor people around the world through prayer, awareness building activities among US congregations, policy advocacy with the US government, and through grants to support religious institutions and secular organizations working against hunger in the USA and overseas. It does not have any staff in the field and relies strictly on church partners, mission personnel and resource contacts.
AREAS OF INTERVENTION
The Presbyterian Hunger Program works to strengthen the partnership of Presbyterian churches in the United States with Christian churches, ecumenical agencies and secular organizations overseas as they respond to hunger in their local situations. Our support is a witness to Christ’s solidarity with poor people. It aims at helping them heal, at gaining a wholeness in life with dignity, at building self reliance and at challenging injustices in peaceful ways to end hunger and suffering.
The Presbyterian Hunger Program covers five program areas: Relief of chronic hunger, Development Assistance for socio-economic activities, Public policy advocacy to influence government policies related to hunger situations, Lifestyles that protect the earth’s resources and do not waste or indulge in consumerism, Hunger Education in the community to build aware.
A. Direct Food Relief: The proposed activities shall help make food available to people who cannot provide for themselves on a temporary basis or permanently. Relief programs should also consider long-range solutions to the problems affecting such communities. These activities shall involve the following, in order of priority:
• Food canteens in schools and kindergartens
• Soup kitchens for the poor
• “Food for work” community activities
B. Development Assistance: The proposed activities should help bring about long-term improvements to the quality of life of poor people in more than one way. These activities should aim to increase self reliance and empowerment of poor people. Activities may include the following, in order of priority:
• Agricultural production and training
• Provision of clean water
• Livestock production and development
• Food storage, transformation, conservation, distribution systems
• Community organizing to advocate for policy reforms to relieve hunger;
• Women and youth income-generating activities
• Efforts to secure and keep land for low income farmers
• Micro-Credit programs especially those concerning women
• Human rights defense for the poor
• Formation of cooperatives as structures of employment for poor people;
• Appropriate technology related to food production and/ or conservation
• Nutrition education
C. Public Policy Advocacy: The proposed activities shall advocate through just and peaceful means, political and/or economic policy changes which a) provide food for poor and hungry people; empower their self development; or c) promote freedom from oppressive and unjust systems that fail to meet basic needs.
D. Lifestyle integrity: The proposed activities shall assist the church to move toward sustainable corporate and personal lifestyles sensitive to the reality of the earth’s limited resources and the critical needs of the poorest of the human family
E. Education and Interpretation: The proposed activities shall educate the church and the public at large about local and global root causes of hunger in a particular country and around the world. They shall prepare and motivate people to act and to educate others and provide opportunities for being in solidarity with and learning among poor communities.
The maximum level of grants approved by the Committee is $20,000, with the average grant being around $7,000.
The Presbyterian Hunger Program favors proposals coming directly from Developing Country partners rather than from US-based organizations looking for support of their own overseas activities or acting as intermediaries on behalf of other overseas groups.
Application deadline: 30 April 2013
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