Our goal is simple: Help villages become self-supporting within 12 months through education and local volunteers. That ‘parent’ village then sponsors another village and aids in their process of becoming self-supporting.
In 1997, Don Smith became concerned with reports of food shortages and malnutrition in several African countries; problems that occur on a yearly basis. After considerable research, Don also discovered that most of the money sent to these countries and villages from American charitable organizations never reach their target destination. Don was moved to see if he could help in some small way.
Making a trip to one of the poorest African countries, Malawi, and then to Zambia, Tanzania, and Mozambique, what he discovered was an abundance of good farmland and a very willing work force. Water sources were often adequate from rivers and streams and wells could be bored or hand dug. The fundamental problem was getting the water to the land.
Rainfall, if any, came in a 2/3-month period; sometimes too much, sometimes too little, sometimes not at all or at the wrong time. The climate was perfect for 2 or 3 crops a year if the land could be built up with fertilizer and irrigated.
The local people were willing and wonderful workers. All they needed was a little help to solve their own problem. They appreciated charity but really wanted and needed tools, pipes, pumps, fertilizer, and the know-how so they could work and support themselves and their families. All that was needed was to teach them how to irrigate their fields and install and repair equipment. Rescue Incorporated supplied the equipment. Those living in Africa supplied the labor.
13 years later, the program has been so successful that it has developed into not only food production, but also classes in the villages all taught by local volunteers in reading, sanitation, family planning, sewing, knitting, and proper farming methods.