Since 2010, Disaster Assistance Partnerships (DAP) supports home economics and family and consumer science programmes in developing countries that have been hit by natural disasters.
Typical activities include distribution of basic kits to rebuild home economics education and services and income generation training. Among others, DAP worked with women’s cooperatives in Sierra Leone and Honduras. The partnership usually targets low and lower-income economies but was also activated after a devastating hurricane season hit the Caribbean in 2017.
The program was started twelve years ago from scratch, using borrowed equipment, donated resources locally and mostly held outside under a thatched roof. Space inside the school was added recently but could not be furnished for lack of funds. DAP together with International Home Economics services (IHES) was asked to assist. IHES funded phase 1 by poviding funds to the Guyana Ministry of Education Home Economics Officer to purchase and deliver equipment such as 2 gas stoves, 6 sewing machines, a generator, etc.
Now, DAP is beginning phase 2 with a request for donations (see "More Information") from our supporters. The immediate need is for funds to both purchase items in Guyana and ship supplies on hand in our DAP warehouse in Elkin, Arkansas and deliver them to the remote village.
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