On October 17, the Sunday Forum presented opportunities for Beth Am members to give a hand up, not a mere hand out, to undeveloped communities throughout the Third World. Speakers from the local chapter of Engineers Without Borders , Water 1st, and Pangea shared common visions with Beth Am members.
Poverty, disease, and child mortality are preventible when development efforts, beginning with basics, are rooted in the needs of the impoverished communities, as identified by those communities. When members of those communities are involved in identifying and building infrastructure, the infrastructure and projects can be sustainable. To best accomplish local development, Water 1st, Engineers Without Borders and Pangea all find that the active involvement and empowerment of women as community leaders is essential to successful and sustainable projects. Continue reading