It’s the time of year when families and friends gather together to celebrate the holidays with food and gifts. For some of us, it’s also when we think about the “less fortunate” and extend a helping hand with a blanket or a bag of food.
It’s the right thing to do, correct? We give to the poor, walk away, and feel good about what we’ve done. But, are we really helping them? A week later, after the good deed has been done, we’ll find the same people in the same situation.
We’ve given them a hand-out instead of a hand-up, and that must change for people in developing countries to be set free from the generational cycle of poverty.
In these poverty-stricken countries, individuals struggle to just provide their families with enough food to survive from day-to-day. They are worried about how to pay the monthly rent for a tiny shack that doesn’t even keep out the rain and wind. Those who struggle in extreme poverty do not have the mindset or capacity to plan for or to dream of a brighter future.
Over the last 30 years Mentors International has served as the premier non-profit organization making lasting change, rather than fleeting relief through their proven model that has transformed the lives of over 4.9 million individuals and families in developing countries.
From experience, we know that mentoring is the key to changing the circumstances of individuals struggling under the burdens of poverty in developing countries.
Each journey to self-reliance begins with one-on-one mentoring. Our mentors evaluate each individual’s circumstances, abilities, needs, and goals. Our mentors guide and teach each mentee as they continue to progress until a level of sustainable self-reliance is reached.
With mentoring, new-found confidence empowers individuals to move forward building a more successful future. These mentees go on to support and build up the communities in which they live, making the ripple effect of Mentors International even greater.
Learning through mentoring has proven to be more effective than just giving money to those in need. Mentors International is founded on these mentoring principles that create a lasting impact.