The most compelling factor of Diaconia’s decision to join is FRB’s highly effective model of church and community engagement. At the center of the FRB model are community growing projects. These growing projects engage US farmers, churches and community groups whose fundraising efforts help poor farmers around the world to grow their own food.
FRB has about 216 growing projects with about 1000 US farmers involved across the US. FRB’s growing projects raise the large majority of its funding.
“Diaconia finds FRB’s development model to be creative and compelling” says Jeremy Ault, Head of International Fundraising, “specifically the way they motivate a myriad of communities-farming, church, urban, and international-to work together on behalf of those in greatest need. One of our main goals as an organization is to encourage people of any faith and nationality to act and think more “globally.” And FRB puts this into tangible practice.”
Diaconia sees the FRB growing project as a way to engage all its supporters in a more hands-on, grassroots way to join the global effort against hunger and is calling on all its supporting churches to consider starting a growing project. Interested congregations can find more information on FRB’s website, or may call 1-888-276-4FRB for details.
Diaconia ECCB- Center of Relief and Development is a Czech-American development and aid organization that utilizes both American innovation and Czech perspective to serve impoverished people across the globe. We are an organization that specializes in aid, development, and social service projects. Our mission is to pursue justice and provide a better life for those in greatest need. Diaconia partners with in-country, nonprofit organizations. We believe economic and social development starts with local empowerment, and is only sustainable when community members take ownership.
In 2014, Foods Resource Bank celebrated its 15th anniversary and over 1 million people supported. FRB raises funding for Ag development in some of the world’s poorest communities and most challenging environments, assisting smallholder farm families in “growing lasting solutions to hunger.” FRB will host its 2015 Annual Gathering August 7-8, 2015 in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Communications Resource Development Manager