You have basic, human needs. As long as you’re alive, you will face thirst, hunger, and a yearning for safety and belonging. But what if you didn’t know where to turn to fill what is empty? What if you didn’t have access to healthy resources? When you lack opportunities to meet your physical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs, joy and hope is lost.
The river that runs through Mathare, a slum in Nairobi, was clean less than a decade ago. A leader in Kenya’s government saw the problem and spent money to clean it up. The water sparkled. People could bathe and swim in it. It was a source of life for the community. But it didn’t last because the ownership and education pieces were missing. Meeting the needs didn’t start at a relational level. Locals weren’t taught how to take care of the water. Long-term solutions to sewage issues weren’t addressed.
Now the river running through Mathare is disgusting once again; a carrier of disease right through the heart of the community. That’s why at Life In Abundance, we care about sustainability. We partner with those in need, empowering them to use the tools they already have to take their own action. Truly walking alongside the poor makes the difference between muddy water and lasting change.
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Over the years, we've seen how the work we do at LIA brings sustainable change in communities even after we've left. But you don't have to take our word for it. The Institute for Urban Initiatives says that's what they found in their community impact report on their analysis of our organization's sustainability. Read this report where they looked at 6 different communities in 2 countries empowered by LIA.