3 seemingly impossible Questions… No, Make that 4
My name is Mark Williams and I’m proud to serve as the Board Chair for Esperança. I’m writing to you today to share with you a side of our mission that is near and dear to my heart. But first, I have three heart-breaking questions for you that many we serve are faced with every day:
- How could you grow your own food … and watch your own family starve?
- How could you diligently, faithfully farm your land the same way your father did, and your grandfather … yet watch your own children suffer in poverty, slowly wasting away?
- And if you wished for help … where would it come from?
I’ll answer the last question first:
This wish has already been answered through YOU.
The farmer I just told you about is named Don Rolando. He lives in a remote part of Bolivia and he could be any one of hundreds of farmers in that country. His story is painfully commonplace.
Don Rolando is a vegetable farmer. He is a good son, and a good grandson. Throughout his life, he has carefully worked the land the same way he was taught as a child. Even today, he can still hear his father’s voice … his grandfather’s advice … the echoes of generations past.
But the old ways weren’t the best ways.
Don Rolando and his fellow farmers only knew one way to farm, but their technique was producing only lame, under-sized harvests with spotty, inferior crops.
Their vegetables were of such low quality they couldn’t even sell them at the nearby markets. They didn’t have enough to sell. They could barely keep their own families alive.
But then Don Rolando experienced a miracle.
That “miracle” was you.
With your generous support of Esperança, we were able to offer an astonishing gift: a new way to farm.
For Don Rolando and his fellow farmers, your investment was life-transforming:
- Different types of seeds for them to plant, to produce foods rich in vitamins;
- Different ways of working their land, for different types of crops;
- Different ways of preparing the soil, planting, irrigating, fertilizing, harvesting, nurturing their young plants;
- Different ways of processing their harvests;
- Different ways of getting their crops to market;
- And maybe most important of all, a different way of feeding their families.
For the first time in their lives, Don Rolando and his neighbors have enough to eat — of high
enough quality to keep their families healthy — and enough left over to sell.
The experts use a technical-sounding term: “food security.” But for Don Rolando and his family, it’s not just technical. It’s personal. And it’s beautiful.
Esperança didn’t go to Bolivia and do the work for them. In partnership with you, we invested in Bolivia. We went to Bolivia and offered a new way for them to do the work themselves. And today, through your contributions and their hard work, the people of Rolando’s region are farming their land successfully, eating nutritious meals, generating a solid income … and have created a better life… for generations to come.
If you could talk to Don Rolando today … if you could sit with his wife at their table, and watch their children laughing and playing, or working on their studies, healthy and strong … you would see it for yourself: the sense of joy … the deep-down hope … the brimming of new life.
And I believe your heart would rise up within you, the way mine has, to ask one more heartfelt question: Who else can I give this gift to?
I’ll give you the answer to this question, too.
There are more communities like Don Rolando’s than I can count. Places where new farming techniques are desperately needed. Places where Esperança can go … if we have your help.
So I’m asking you today to give generously. Help us bring “food security” to more communities in Bolivia. Send our trainers. Provide the seeds, the materials, the tools. Give life!
Soon, thanks to you, thousands of people who have lived in poverty will thrive in wonderful new ways — in the form of excellent potatoes, peas, tomatoes, crisp lettuce, chard, pumpkins, cabbage, turnips, celery, artichokes, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, asparagus, zucchini, and more!
P.S. “I am seeing my dreams come true!” Don Rolando says, his eyes sparkling. You can help another impoverished farmer step into a whole new life. Please give as generously as you can. Thank you!