Why focus on poverty
People living in poverty are also often the most vulnerable. Everywhere, the vast majority of the extreme poor and most vulnerable people are often women, girls, children, people living with disability and the young people.They face underdevelopment, discrimination, economic deprivation and considerable barriers to accessing basic social services. This situation puts them in a vicious circle of poverty made of several interlinked factors which are hard to overcome. Globally, there is unequal distribution of extreme poverty whereby extreme poverty is more concentrated in Sub Sahara Africa and in the rural areas. Also, progress to end extreme poverty is slower in the rural areas as compared to the urban areas. In Tanzania, for example, over 80% of the poor and extreme poor people live in the rural areas. Since extreme poverty is a violation of fundamental human rights and since extreme poverty is not inevitable, the purpose of FAE is to contribute towards reducing extreme poverty in the rural communities so as to build more inclusive, prosperous, just, equitable and sustainable developed communities.
Our understanding of poverty
Ending extreme poverty is a global concern as stipulated in the UN Sustainable Development Goal #1, yet no international consensus on the guidelines for measuring it. However, everyone is called to participate in ending extreme poverty in all its forms everywhere by 2030. We at FAE take extreme poverty as multidimensional and encompassing much more than income poverty measured by living below $1.90 a day as per 2011 Purchasing Power Parity. People who are living in extreme poverty do not just suffer from lack of income but also suffer from considerable barriers preventing them from enjoying their fundamental human rights including access to basic social services such as healthcare, education and water. Therefore, we at FAE are concerned with broader quality of life of the extreme poor in the rural communities to include more equitable access to assets and basic socio-economic services and meaningful engagement and participation of all people especially the extreme poor in the decision making and development processes.
Why extreme poverty is the most urgent humanitarian crisis of our time and what it means to live in extreme poverty?
The world has set an ambitious goal to end extreme poverty in all its forms everywhere by 2030. Looking at the numbers, it is estimated that 1.6 billion people in the world are living in extreme poverty. Out of those 1.6 billions, 29% of them live in Sub Sahara Africa. In Tanzania, over 80% of the poor and the extreme poor live in rural communities.
Numbers are mainly for the academic understanding of the situation. To better understand what it means to live in poverty, Imagine…
- Being treated with no dignity and respect.
- Being unable to access basic social services such as health and education.
- Being unable to access safe drinking water.
- Being excluded in decision-making and development processes.
- Being unable to access capital and training to start a business or a livelihood of your dream.
- Being unable to live in adequate housing, hygiene and sanitation.
- Being severely affected by climate change.
….and the list goes on and on
Our Vision: Rural Tanzanian communities that are poverty free, empowered and sustainably developed.
Our Mission: To improve lives in the poorest rural Tanzania communities through promoting access to quality education, water, healthcare, livelihood opportunities and environmental conservation.
Our Core Values
Core values that underpin our organizational culture, our employees’ behavior and the conduct of our activities are:-
- Transformation: We strive to bring about sustainable fundamental changes by engaging targeted constituents and other diverse stakeholders in our interventions.
- Respect & Humility: We listen and treat with due regard expertise, experiences and perspectives of the poor people, partners and other stakeholders and we recognize our own limitations.
- Accountability: We accept to be questioned to explain our actions and decisions.
- Transparency: We are explicit and honest regarding the reasons behind our actions and decisions.
- Integrity: We are more in the quality of being honest and having moral principles.
- Excellence: We strive to develop and become the leaders necessary to achieve higher standards of operations and impacts.
What makes us different?
We are focused on sustainable changes at grassroots level.
We spend less money on administrative expenses and more on projects.
We work with multiple actors including most poor and vulnerable people to find sustainable solutions to drive out extreme poverty.
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