Model Farm

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2017 #2 - from Nicaragua
"Real Numbers, Real Growth, Real People "
<<First Name>>, you have seen Pontis growing over the last couple of years.  We appreciate the time to keep track of our work helping the poor in Latin America grow out of poverty.  We can do more with your help.  Pontis is a small program but offers you an efficient way for your generous support to help more people.  Let's look at what has been happening and what could happen with your support:
Well and Water - On the Way 
Remember that appeal for the Well, Water, and Irrigation projects?  As usual, you came through.  A combination of individual support plus a very generous congregation in Texas have fully funded the initial Well and Water projects.  The Pontis team is arranging for the well to be drilled on the Veracruz demo farm, and is setting up the well drilling team and business.  This is a big program that will impact many lives.

If you are familiar with the Well, Water, and Irrigation projects, you know there is more to come .  Farms, water, and business.  That is what you, and Pontis, are all about.  
A simple score of your IMPACT 
The Pontis team is using this simple scorecard to see how students, farms, and families are benefitting from Pontis Sustainable Agriculture.   This is the type of thing that makes your support super effective in helping a large number of families with just a little money.  Let's take a look at some of those numbers so far in 2017:
  • 72 participating farms
  • 40 classes conducted in 5 locations 
  • 23 micro loans for cash crops
  • 100 students in January classes with 78 progressing successfully after 3 months
(note:  Pontis training is demanding and there are always students who are not willing to put in the time, effort, and commitment that is required to truly transform a subsistence existence to an enterprise farm business.)
We produced our first annual report.  Take a look at how Pontis delivers real results to the poor.  

Click to read the Pontis 2016 Annual Report

I think you will agree that Pontis is a small organization that gives your support BIG IMPACT.  

Together we can help more families by training and equipping more teachers, expanding our model farm training centers, and reaching out to more farm families.
They Need Your Help 
The photo below is of the Pontis Sustainable Agriculture Technician Training Class.  The series is going on right now.  Those are two current (Sergio and Victor) plus six new Pontis technicians.  Think of how many farm families will have improved lives with nine people (including Ernesto) teaching classes!

But we need your help to fully equip and support this team.  Won't you sign up to help each of our new technicians, like Renee, reach 30-40 families.  He needs your help!  
DONATE NOW using Paypal to support another Pontis Technician
SUPER STUDENTS:  eight students learning to be Pontis Sustainable Agriculture Technicians.
What would it be like to have a passion to help the poor, get trained as a Pontis technician, then there is no money to support your work in the field?  Your support will make sure they make a difference in the lives of the poor.
DONATE NOW using Paypal

"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and “you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”                    Jesus Christ, Matt 11:28-29
Pontis Nicaragua is a non-profit providing sustainable small farm education for the very poor in Nicaragua. Pontis Nicaragua is part of Pontis Inc., a multi-faceted non-profit focusing on the poor in rural Latin America.  Pontis Inc. is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit. 

For more information contact our Director of Engagement, Brad Allen:
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