Samaritan's Purse is changing a nation one village at a time.
The Raise a Village initiative currently targets the village of Guidan Gado, Niger. Samaritan's Purse spokesman Alan Bobbit explains that Niger is one of the poorest countries in the world, with chronic malnutrition and high infant and maternal mortality rates. Its economy is also struggling.
"It's farming and livestock traditionally, but they've been impacted by just a series of natural disasters that have compounded longstanding problems," Bobbit laments, "and it has become harder and harder and harder for people to survive."
So Samaritan's Purse is partnering with residents depending on available funds so they can claim victory over extreme poverty.
"We're meeting the needs through providing wells and clean, potable drinking water," the spokesman reports. "We're doing improved agriculture techniques; we're providing improved seeds; we're providing livestock and fodder banks -- all with the goal of helping people help themselves to lift themselves out of this cycle."
Samaritan's Purse uses that as a platform to spread the gospel in a country that is 99 percent Muslim, and the organization has witnessed real heart and life transformation.
The fundraising campaign runs through next week.