Village Care: A new solution for an old problem

by Sam Hofer on February 23, 2015


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By Sam Hofer

It is apparent that good humans are doing diligence to ensure nations of Africa are being supported. Whether it is financial support or efforts to help supply Africans with necessities like food, clean water, and medical supplies, people are trying to help. But how effective are these programs in the grand scheme of things? How sustainable is this model of aid for a nation in dire need of it? What lasting effects does dumping money into a problem solve? The people at have taken these questions and have created a solution so simple, yet powerfully effective. It is time the people of Africa take back control of their great nation.

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Village Care does not supply money for different villages: They supply meetings and have highly trained men and women sit in and facilitate these gatherings. These meetings are otherwise led by the villagers of the town that it’s held in and the entire meeting is spoken in the dialect that is common to all the villagers in the meeting. That way, solutions begin to arise from everyone meeting and working together on a problem with the comfort of speaking and listening to a language they collectively understand, and with the insight of the people who are living within the situation.

These meetings involve no aid financially: They simply give villagers a place and time to meet and share ideas on what is the next best step for their village. This program can result in small accomplishments such as cleaner, more sanitary living conditions or can really take off and form village-wide fishing operations to feed people in the most need.

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This proven method demonstrated by Village Care has now been used in over 800 villages and 10 countries. It is advertised through word of mouth from village-to-village, which continues to prove that this program is an effective solution and is believed in by thousands of villagers across Africa.

For more information on this amazing program, please visit We encourage you to donate to this wonderful program to help fund the lives of the facilitators that run the meetings. I believe in this model of sustainable aid and I believe it is a Good Sign.

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