Relief or Development? It takes both

Relief and development are both critical to serving the world’s poor.

This last week a cyclone devastated parts of Mozambique and Zimbabwe. And we have all read about other emergencies during the last year. The needs there right now are for relief: food, medical supplies, and temporary shelter.

Imagine what it would be like to face a disaster if you had almost no savings. What if your whole family only had $5-10 in savings?

Short-Term Versus Long-Term Approaches

Five Talents serves the world’s most poor through development. Development is a long-term approach that equips community members to be self-sufficient and resilient, to be better prepared to make it through extremely difficult times when a storm, a drought, or even a war make it seem impossible to recover.

Even in the poorest places in the world, members of Five Talents savings groups start new businesses and increase their savings, which makes them more resilient.

So, like hand and glove, both development and relief are critical.

Dale Stanton-Hoyle
Executive Director

Empowerment and International Women's Day

Empowering women

Dear friends,

What does empowerment mean to you?

This week we reflect on women's empowerment and International Women's Day which takes place on March 8th.

Please enjoy this forty second video and check out the article below it on International Women's Day.

Together we are proud to celebrate the dignity, resilience, beauty, talent, and faith of empowered women across the globe.

Until next Monday morning,

Dale Stanton-Hoyle,
Executive Director

Why Trust is So Important

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Dear friends,

I enjoyed meeting this week with church leaders from across the United States.

In one session I saw a survey that said supporters often don’t trust organizations to actually use the supporters’ gifts as promised. I was gratified to see that Christian organizations were the most trusted, but still, how could this be? How could any group not work to earn your trust?

Then I thought of the staff retreat we just completed two weeks ago. We privately listed the things we most value at Five Talents, and collectively we agreed that things like integrity and honesty matter most.We refer to supporters and friends like you as our domestic partners, and we have to earn your trust. We are all in this together. And together we are excited to see families around the world using their talents and flourishing every day.

If you ever have a question about how we use every dollar of your donations carefully, please contact me directly. I will be happy to explain how we wisely leverage all your gifts and what a powerful impact that makes.

Until next Monday morning,

Dale Stanton-Hoyle
Executive Director