The goal of Villages in Partnership is to eradicate extreme poverty, beginning in the rural villages of Sakata in Malawi, Africa. Extreme poverty is poverty that leads to hopelessness. It is caused by the lack of resources in six critical areas of our lives: food, water, education, medical care, infrastructure and economic opportunity. Without adequate resources in each of these areas, extreme poverty traps its victims in a vicious cycle that that they cannot break out of on their own.
We believe that the key to breaking the cycle of poverty is to address each of these six primary causes of extreme poverty simultaneously. It is not enough to address only one or two of these conditions; all six must be attacked at the same time in order to lift entire villages and areas out of this condition. Our goal is to move people from a survival mentality, to a mindset where they are secure enough to plan for the future and dream of success. They have the capacity, determination and desire to change.
What they lack are necessary critical resources, training and capital. They need outside partners to come alongside of them, to provide them with the resources and training necessary to lift themselves out of their present situation.
In just three short years, VIP and our partners at the BSHDC have developed a powerful system to address these 6 conditions, with the result that hundreds of children are now attending school, areas that have experienced perpetual hunger now have enough food, women and young girls are no longer walking hours each day to access clean water, and people are starting small businesses and taking advantage of previously unattainable economic opportunities.