Just recently as I stood on the edge of the Kibera slum I was reminded that the smallest form of engagement can sometimes be the most vital. I was waiting for an immersion group to return from a home visit to one of the parents of the Mary Rice Centre when I was approached by a familiar face. I had first met this woman twelve months ago when she was desperate to put food on the table for her family. My memory of that time is still strong today; she was a defeated woman and her children were sick and unable to attend school.
At such times the human instinct is to provide an instant ‘fix’ to the problem but it is often these instantaneous solutions that often add to an increased need for support in the long run.
Instead we talked and listened to her problems and it became very clear that she wanted to stop relying on the good will of others and find a way for her family to stand on her own two feet. At her urging we introduced her to the Microfinance program and since that moment she has been able to provide for her family via the sale of textiles from her own micro business. Her business was able to be started with a loan of $25.
This Christmas we ask that you consider providing a donation to the Foundation so that we can continue to help the world’s poor to stand on their own two feet. Your donation will be directed toward communities to provide sustainable change. I could think of no better way to begin the Christmas season.
Anthony Ryan Chief Executive Officer
Edmund Rice Foundation