Mission and Vision

Identity

HDF Mission: A Positive Social Change
The mission of The Human Development Foundation of North America shall be to facilitate a non-political movement for a positive social change and community empowerment through mass literacy, enhanced quality of education, universal primary health care and grassroots economic development.

Our Vision: An Empowered Community
HDF holds the vision of communities, which are prosperous, vibrant, cohesive and ready to face the challenges of the future. Such activities are sustainable only through grassroots support. To achieve these goals, HDF uses and models the philosophy of distributed leadership and shared responsibility, which encourages volunteers to be the leaders in their own communities.

generalHDF has adopted 5 out of 8 of the UN Millennium Development Goals

At the core, HDF believes in “helping people help themselves.”

This philosophy is carried out by the founding of educational programs, preventative healthcare education, empowering communities, creating physical infrastructure, vocational training, as well as economic development programs, where members of the community become the leaders.

1. Community Empowerment allows communities to develop their own infrastructure along with the guidance of HDF staff members, in order to generate an independent and socially responsible atmosphere.

2. Education – Educating A Nation

Primary Education begins with community interest, schools are then set up, in accordance to the government’s approved curriculum, teaching English from the start. Local teachers use activity based learning to encourage the children to learn in a positive atmosphere.

Elementary and Secondary Education for Girls promotes gender equality while placing the emphasis on the importance of educating girls, so that they too have the chance to advance both socially and economically within the community.

Adult Literacy includes teaching basic reading, writing and math skills to adults over a six month long period.

3. Healthy Families

Lady Health Workers fill the demand for nurses in rural areas, allowing women health workers to make household visits where hospitals and medical facilities are non existent. This in turn will lead to infant mortality elimination.

Maternal Care trains birth attendants for safe deliveries and postnatal care, as well as information regarding child spacing opportunities, Tetanus Immunization and care for high risk pregnancies.

Child Care teaching new mothers the importance of immunization, regular growth monitoring, and other postnatal care, such as breast feeding and proper nutrition.

Health Education trains members of the community proper First Aid procedures, the importance of personal hygiene and ways to prevent Hepatitis, Tuberculosis and Iodine Deficiency.

4. Self Help Infrastructure Improvements

All Weather Roads connect communities and families together by the laying of brick roads from town to town.

Clean Drinking Water is provided to communities by the installation of wells, pumps, sanitary water course lining and by educating the community on the proper disposal of waste.

5. Economic Self Sufficiency

Vocational Training in both electrical and plumbing fields trains individuals how to improve their community’s standard of living.

Micro Lending allows for those who have the entrepreneurial spirit to achieve their dreams, by opening stores, raising livestock or producing other goods.

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