Giving Hope to the Hopeless

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Overview and Vision presented by the president Kodjo Isidore Ayewonou and Executive Director Gloria Howard.

World Poverty

3 billion people around the world survive on $2.50 a day or less. 2 billion people do not hold a bank account or have access to essential financial services.

11 Facts About Global Poverty

1. Nearly 1/2 of the world’s population—more than 3 billion people—live on less than $2.50 a day. More than 1.3 billion live in extreme poverty—less than $1.25 a day.

2. 1 billion children worldwide are living in poverty. According to UNICEF, 22,000 children die each day due to poverty.

3. 805 million people worldwide do not have enough food to eat.

 Food banks are especially important in providing food for people that can’t afford it themselves. Run a food drive outside your local grocery store so people in your community have enough to eat.

4. More than 750 million people lack adequate access to clean drinking water. Diarrhea caused by inadequate drinking water, sanitation, and hand hygiene kills an estimated 842,000 people every year globally or approximately 2,300 people per day.

5. In 2011, 165 million children under the age 5 were stunted (reduced rate of growth and development) due to chronic malnutrition. 

6. Preventable diseases like diarrhea and pneumonia take the lives of 2 million children a year who are too poor to afford proper treatment.

7. As of 2013, 21.8 million children under 1 year of age worldwide had not received the three recommended doses of vaccine against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis.

8. 1/4 of all humans live without electricity—approximately 1.6 billion people.

9. 80% of the world population lives on less than $10 a day.

10. Oxfam estimates that it would take $60 billion annually to end extreme global poverty--that's less than 1/4 the income of the top 100 richest billionaires.

11. The World Food Programme says, “The poor are hungry and their hunger traps them in poverty.” Hunger is the number one cause of death in the world, killing more than HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined. 

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Domestic Agenda



The I.A.C is a welcome center for immigrants (but not limited to immigrants) upon arrival, which provides resources,

information and assistance with settling into the community. That includes:

1 - Food Shelf

2 - Clothing Shelf

3 - Housing

4 - Educational Resources

5 - Employment information (Training if necessary)

6 - Legal services & Translation services

7 - Assistance in obtaining Driver's License

8 - Rehabilitation counseling & Spiritual guidance.

(B) Creation and implementation of A.F.D. (AFRICAN FESTIVAL DAY).

A day of celebrating African cultures and traditions across the State, and eventually at national level. And this with two essential aims:

1 - An opportunity for Americans to discover and learn about the beauty and diversity of African cultures and traditions.

2 - Learning experience for African children born here, to keep the realities of their parents' cultures and traditions alive and memorable.

International Agenda

Poverty in Africa

Poverty, in its utmost form, is destitution. It is struggling to survive without even the most basic necessities such as food, water, or shelter. Get an overview of the poverty situation in Africa as summarized by Children International.

Africa: A Continent of Children

  • Half of the continent's population is children, up to 20% of which are disabled
  • An ever-increasing number are growing up stunted because of the challenges of malnutrition.
  • Diseases like HIV/AIDS are leaving kids orphaned and in charge of their households at very young ages. An estimated 50 million orphans live in Africa.
  • Malaria kills 3,000 African children per day.
  • With a population expected to more than double by 2050, even fewer resources will be available to go around without dramatic change 

Difficult Conditions 

  • The infrastructure that most of the world takes for granted is missing or severely limited in Africa. 589 million sub-Saharan Africans live without electricity and cook by burning whatever they can find.
  • Water and sanitation issues cost these countries more than the total economic aid they receive. Of all of the people in the world without access to safe water, almost 40% live in Africa.
  • Hunger is a major issue, and Africa is producing less food per person, with the average plot of land being too small to feed a family.

A Solvable Issue

A recent report has suggested that fewer people in Africa are living in extreme poverty than a decade ago. Even so, with population growth, more and more people are living in poor conditions.

Source: Children International

In 2012, 501 million people, or 47% of the population of sub-Saharan Africa, lived on $1.90 a day or less, a principal factor in causing widespread hunger (World Bank, Sub-Saharan Africa Poverty and Equity Data). This number compares to 233 million estimated undernourished people.

To learn more information about the water scene in Africa, read the following articles:

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Together, Let’s Change the World

EBENEZER CHARITY FOUNDATION (E.C.F.) plays a role making the world a better place to live in. We are striving to give hope to the hopeless by providing clean water, food, clothing, shelter, decent toilet, education, special care, special job training, rehabilitation counseling, and spiritual nourishment, all of which target the orphans, widows, homeless, elderly, and poor rural communities all across the globe.

Our program serves the following West African nations:

  • Benin
  • Ghana
  • Liberia
  • Nigeria
  • Togo

Make a Donation 

You can help change the world, too! Support our cause by making a donation. Your contribution, no matter how big or small, can help transform the lives of those affected by poverty. Contact us in Coon Rapids, Minnesota for more information about what we do.


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“Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and He will reward them for what they have done." -Proverbs 19:17

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