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The Fall Sower


Written by Plant With Purpose on October 10, 2012 in General

Plant With Purpose’s quarterly newsletter, The Sower is here. For those of you who missed it in your mailbox or inbox, read on or click here for to see the entire issue. 

DIRECTOR’S CORNER
By Scott Sabin, Executive Director
This summer, I took my family to the Dominican Republic to see firsthand the work of Plant With Purpose. We began our journey, just as Plant With Purpose did over 25 years ago, in a shantytown on the outskirts of the capital city of Santo Domingo.
Click here to read more about this enlightening trip into the causes of poverty and the transformation that occurs when people realize their potential.

BREAKING NEWS
You’re Invited! 
Planting Hope Gala October 13th 2012 at 6:00.
Join us for the 2012 Planting Hope Gala on October13 to benefit life-changing programs that are working to alleviate poverty in rural communities. It will be a night of fabulous food, amazing auction items, inspiring updates from the field, and generosity that transforms lives.
Click here to register online or call 800.633.5319.

8 Million Trees
This summer, Plant With Purpose reached a new milestone: over 8 MILLION TREES planted through Plant With Purpose programs worldwide.

Haiti Recovers from the Storm
Farmers will be feeling the effects of Hurricane Isaac for months as homes need repair, and crops were destroyed.

Hooray For Hollywood
Plant With Purpose was honored to host a table at the Environmental Media Awards, courtesy of Kellogg Garden Products.

In Tres, Dos, Uno…Plant With Purpose on Mundofox
What do “Minuto Para Ganar,” This Shirt Helps, Wilmer Valderrama, and Plant With Purpose have in common? A November appearance on MundoFOX!

Flying High in National Geographic
Plant With Purpose was mentioned on National Geographic’s Adventure Blog as the Wings of Kilimanjaro crew did a reconnaissance climb to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Click here to help sponsor a pilot for the February jump.

Upcoming Vision Trips
If you haven’t visited one of Plant With Purpose’s programs, we’d love for you to prayerfully consider joining us.
Contact Doug Satre for information on upcoming trips.

SAVING FOR CHANGE: FIGHTING POVERTY WITH JUST PENNIES A DAY
By: Beth Luthye, Grant Writer

This summer, Maria Paula began constructing a house, and this fall she was able to buy uniforms so her children could go to school. A few years ago, these simple things would have been nearly impossible for this mother living in rural Aguacero, Dominican Republic. So what changed for Maria Paula in the past year? It turns out these big differences actually came through small change.
Click here to read more about the power of small savings.

UNITY MAKES A FORCE: EMPOWERING WOMEN IN THE D.R.
For 36-year-old Violeta Josefina Montilla, joining the VSLA group “Mujeres Sin Límites” (Women Without Limits) has empowered her to become an agent of change in El Aguacero, Dominican Republic.
Click here to read more about how a VSLA group can bring social as well as economic change.

SIMPLY SUSTAINABLE: 7 REASONS VSLA IS SMART MICROFINANCE
The Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLA) model may just be the best-kept secret in microfinance. Plant With Purpose began implementing this innovative methodology with groups in Tanzania six years ago, and it has become so successful that all Plant With Purpose programs are now using this approach to microfinance.
Click here to read seven reasons it works.

REGION SPOTLIGHT: CHIANG MAI, THAILAND
By: Becky Rosaler, Marketing and Events Coordinator
When most people think of Thailand, delicious cuisine, beautiful temples, and exotic beaches come to mind. For others, the harsh realities of the sex industry and opium trade clutter this pristine image. And over all of that is a haze of smoke from harmful slash-and-burn agricultural practices. In the north of Thailand, hill tribe refugees who fled Myanmar (Burma) are doing their best to make a life.

Click here to read how Plant With Purpose is helping in Chiang Mai.

STOVES SPARK CHANGE
Nearly 3 billion people—about half the world—rely on cookstoves fueled by wood or charcoal to make meals and boil water.
Click here to watch a video about the life changing effects of new stoves in Mexico.

DISASTER RESPONSE IN MEXICO: LANDSLIDE CAUSES COMMUNITY TO RELOCATE
When disaster struck the community of Santa Cruz Mitlatongo last fall, Plant With Purpose Mexico stepped up to help with recovery efforts.
Click here to read more about relief work in Mitlatongo.

To read The Fall Sower in its entirety, click here


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