2012 Annual Report Now Available
Groundswell International’s most recent annual report is now uploaded to our site! In 2012, Groundswell worked with local partners in eight countries to help over 300,000 people in community-based women and farmers’ organizations improve their lives and communities. We invested 87% of our total revenue in programs for social change and only 13% in fundraising and administration. We also increased our revenue from $827,215 in 2011 to $1,008,772, keeping our operating expenditures around $855,000.
We would like to thank all of our supporters who made our work possible. Below are a few highlights from the year.
2012 was our third year of partnering with local NGO EkoRural to support Canastas Comunitarias, or community food-buying clubs, which originally began in the city of Riobamba and have now spread to all of Ecuador’s major cities. The Canastas movement promotes local foods systems in Ecuador. Rubila Candela, a woman who helped to create Ecuador’s first Canasta Comunitaria, says that “now the food I eat has meaning.”
With our partner Partenariat pour le Développment Local (PDL), Groundswell worked to strengthen community resilience in Haiti. Our program in Haiti has reached out to 12 peasant organizations in 2012 compared to just three when it began in 2009. Medis Seraphen, a farmer living in Bay in the Central Plateau of Haiti says that he is“now able to grow more because of the soil conservation. Now we have more food in our home.” Groundswell and PDL supported farmers like Medis to learn and share ecological farming practices.
Peter Gubbels, Groundswell’s Regional Facilitator for West Africa, authored a report about community resilience and children in the Sahel region. In July, he presented his work to members of the United Nations. “Agroecological farming needs to be promoted more widely as an alternative to help the poorer, most vulnerable households to increase their food production, build resilience, and improve child and family nutrition,” says Peter.
Our coordination team in the US opened a satellite office in Asheville, North Carolina. The coordination team collaborates with Groundswell’s partners to support people-centered sustainable development programs.
From working on a sustainable agriculture program with the government of El Salvador to working with farmer’s organizations and NGOs in Burkina Faso for increased food security, 2012 was a great year!
Read the full Annual Report.
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