Celebrating a Successful Planting Hope Gala
Written by Plant With Purpose on October 19, 2012 in General
The 2012 Planting Hope Gala was a huge success thanks to the generosity of Plant With Purpose’s partners, board members, volunteers, family, and friends. The grand total of gifts for the evening totaled $255,000.
Because of those funds, we are celebrating these numbers:
• 15 new communities will be able to start Village Savings and Loan Associations, including leadership and financial training for facilitators. These groups will provide opportunities for farmers to change their circumstances and create a better tomorrow for their children. Group members will also gain sustainable agriculture training, providing families with increased income and greater food security.
• In Burundi, one of the five poorest countries in the world, 100 farmers will be provided with cassava, banana, and vegetable seeds. Plant With Purpose is working alongside smallholder farmers, most of them women, to build a more peaceful and prosperous future through training in sustainable agriculture, environmental restoration, and reconciliation.
• $20,000 was given toward providing security for vulnerable hilltribe families in Thailand. Communities will gain assistance to basic rights such as citizenship, health, and education; and 80 families can establish backyard gardens, gain the tools and education to raise pigs, and build wood-saving stoves.
• $25,000 was given so that pastors and church leaders can gain the training and resources needed to live out the gospel as they serve their communities. Plant With Purpose believes that the church is a key instrument of change in a community, and we work in partnership with local congregations to meet the spiritual, physical, and social needs of people.
• 7,800 trees will be planted. By planting trees in vulnerable areas, communities are fighting the devastating effects of erosion and bringing watersheds back to life. Farmers are adding nutrients back to the soil and increasing their crop production and incomes. By planting fruit trees, parents are improving children’s nutrition and adding additional household income.
In addition to participating in an exciting live auction to fund these needs, attendees at the Planting Hope Gala also saw the premiere of The Hope of Change, a video sharing how Village Savings and Loan Associations are creating positive change in the Dominican Republic.
If you missed the opportunity to attend and would like to participate in the Fund A Need auction, you can make a donation by visiting our online Fund A Need Catalog.
Thank you again for making the Planting Hope Gala such a wonderful success, and for your partnership in transforming the lives of the rural poor.
Save the Date for next year’s Planting Hope Gala, which will be at Paradise Point Resort in San Diego on Saturday, October 12, 2013.