2018: A year in review

 

Natural disasters and conflict continue to be on the rise and as a result, numerous people around the world are displaced, escaping violence or food insecurity. It is easy to read this and feel pessimistic or hopeless about the future and to feel that there is nothing to be done. However, we at Shelter For Life International (SFL), would like to say that even if you do not have the capacity to actively engage in directly helping others in need, you can still choose to enable others to play a transformative part in the lives of victims of war and natural disasters. We are grateful for the continued support of our transformative programming.

2018 saw further progress with our ongoing work in Afghanistan. To improve food security and livelihood options, SFL was able to construct several irrigation canals in the country’s most northern regions. Nearly 1,300 hectares of land have been transformed into irrigation-fed land because of this work. With continued support from World Food Program (WFP), SFL also built a total of 76km of rural roads and distributed much needed food items. As an added bonus, SFL was privileged to assist Samaritan’s Purse in the distribution of 5,200 Operation Christmas Child boxes across thirteen different schools.

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We are excited to announce that our multi-year project from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to boost local cashew production, processing and marketing in Senegal, the Gambia, and Guinea-Bissau, began this past year. Over the course of the project, SFL will provide 3,400 Cash for Work laborers the opportunity to earn a short-term income, increase the market access of cashew farmers and processors, and rebuild key infrastructure, including feeder roads.

Our continued partnership with the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM) has allowed us to provide shelter and increased access to clean water to nearly 300 families a total of 2,600 returnees.

Thanks to you and your ongoing support, we have been able to make a profound impact on the lives of communities around the world, and for that we are eternally grateful! To read more about 2018, you can read our Annual Report here.

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Jes Alexander-Rowe