For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.
And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’
Matthew 25:35-36, 40 NLT
EMPOWER THOSE WEAK AND POOR.
TO END POVERTY AND RACIAL INEQUALITY.
LITTLE HANDS, BIG HEARTS EMPOWERS THE POOR AND DISADVANTAGED TO END POVERTY AND RACIAL DISCRIMINATION IN THEIR COMMUNITIES AND BREAK THE CYCLE OF INTERGENERATIONAL POVERTY
Education • Employment • Outreach
Little Hands, Big Hearts takes a grassroots approach to working with at-risk populations and underserved ethnic minority communities. We believe that collaboration and long-lasting relationships that respect local culture are the best ways to enact meaningful change. We work with the most at-risk populations in El Valle, Samana, Dominican Republic— ethnic minority men, women and refugees in underserved rural communities. We believe that by creating as many opportunities as possible for these men, women, boys and girls, we can help them become strong leaders and advocates. For this reason, we want to take a multifaceted approach to our work— education, employment and outreach.
When People are educated, know their rights, have self esteem, dignified employment opportunities and emotions support, they are empowered to take thier lives into their own hands.
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Give, and it will be given to you; a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over—will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.”
There are more than 20 million slaves in the world today. 15 million children die every year from hunger. Last year, 925 million families suffered from starvation. Hunger and poverty are the number one risk to health world wide. According to the U.S. State Department
THE FIRST STEP IN EQUALIZING ECONOMICAL INEQUALITY IS TO IDENTIFY THE THE ROOTS OF THIS COMPLEX ISSUE. OUR PROGRAMS WERE CREATED TO NEGATE THE RISK FACTORS THAT ALLOW POVERTY TO EXIST IN OUR COMMUNITY. OUR TWO-PRONG APPROACH OF EDUCATION / RESOURCES + BREAKING THE CYCLE OF INTERGENERATIONAL POVERTY HELPS US ADDRESS THE ROOT CAUSES OF ECONOMICAL OPPRESSION.
EDUCATION + RESOURCES TO EMPOWER THE DISADVANTAGED
SCHOLARSHIPS AND SUPPORT
Education is key to stopping the cycle of intergeneration poverty that puts ethnic minorities at risk. Little Hands, Big Hearts, through donated support will provide special scholarship funds for families who need help continuing their education. The goal is to have scholarships that are tailored to each individual families needs, depending on their career goals and financial necessity. Are you a student looking for sponsorship? Apply here
Empowerment workshops for ethnic minorities that are free, fun and aimed at boosting children’s self confidence and leadership skills. They are tailored to be relevant and respectful to her culture, hosted by a mentor who can put the course information into cultural and social context. The workshops are always held in secure environment where children can learn new things and feel free to express his or herself in a safe space.
JOB SKILLS + EMPLOYMENT
Our Ecolodge Cabin serves as a vocational training program where ethnic minorities are paid to learn hospitality and taught to be mentors and leaders in their own communities. Experience and economic independence boasts their self-confidence, igniting their ambition to pursue their dreams, placing their futures back into their own hands. Curriculum includes: financial literacy, Thai / English languages, front desk management, cooking, housekeeping and basic computer skills.
BREAKING THE CYCLE OF INTERGENERATIONAL POVERTY
DANCE AS THERAPY FOR THE COMMUNITY
Dance therapy can be used for stress reduction, disease prevention, and mood management. Dance promotes self-awareness, self-esteem, and a safe space for emotional expression. We bring dance workshops to underserved refugee and minority populations.