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What if you had the opportunity to give a hand up instead of a hand out?
Tim Troyer from Sugar Creek forge and Reckoning International. Along with George Icard of GI Custom Knives have done and are doing just that. Teaching young men in Uganda how to make quality dependable knives from spring steel. In Uganda, knives and good blades are essential tools in villages.
Reckoning International is a unique outreach in that it equips individuals for better lives and productive communities.
Much of the mind set that I see today only staves the inevitable. Few are taught self sufficiency. Reckoning International is working to change that.
If you are looking to sew into a cause that makes direct and lasting impact ( for good ) . Then I invite you to look into the great and good work they do.

Overcoming Poverty with Opportunity


Half of the world’s population lives on less than $2 a day. Over 1.1 billion human beings have inadequate access to water, and 2.6 billion people lack basic sanitation. Millions face starvation, sickness, and death because they are too poor to obtain necessities for survival. The numbers of those in need are so staggering that it’s easy to find ourselves overwhelmed or indifferent.
Hand-outs help…but not for long.
Charities that respond to tragedy during times of war, famine, or natural disaster are critical. In these situations, we must step in with immediate compassion and relief. However, when the ‘hand-out’ approach is used long term, it keeps the poorest of the poor bound in a cycle of dependency. And underprivileged people aren’t looking for a hand-out. They’re looking for an opportunity.
What people who are struggling in chronic poverty really need is an opportunity to work, grow, invent, and thrive.

Action Over Apathy
The Reckoning International began exploring innovative and lasting solutions to poverty over ten years ago. We first redeemed 150 slaves among the Tharu in Nepal, then provided them with opportunities to create a livelihood.
Since that time, we have been slowly growing into an efficient organization that is overcoming poverty with opportunity. Through micro-loans, business training, and development initiatives, we’ve pioneered successful economic development projects in impoverished areas of Central America, Ukraine, Uganda, Burundi, and Kenya.

We’re finding that the real solutions to poverty are empowering, sustainable, and found among the poor themselves. We’re rethinking how global poverty is addressed…and we’re seeing results. People are thriving when given the opportunity to work and become self-supporting.