Purpose, Objects & Guiding Principles

 

Purpose

L.I.F.E. For Health’s purpose is to alleviate poverty through addressing the impacts of the social determinants, particularly livelihood, infrastructure, food and education, on health.

Objects

The objects of Livelihood Infrastructure Food Education For Health (L.I.F.E. For Health) are:

  1. To establish sustainable livelihood programs, which are designed to supplement or increase income, for those living in poverty in the geographic areas where L.I.F.E. For Health works;
  2. To establish sustainable community benefit physical infrastructure projects that relieve poverty in the geographic areas where L.I.F.E. For Health works;
  3. To relieve poverty by increasing cost-effective, ecological, local and sustainable agricultural and fishing practices and/or by increasing food access and security in the geographic areas where L.I.F.E. For Health works;
  4. To increase access to formal education, including primary, secondary, post-secondary and adult, for those living in poverty in the geographic areas where L.I.F.E. For Health works; and
  5. To increase access to healthcare services for those living in poverty in the geographic areas where L.I.F.E. For Health works.

The geographic areas served by Livelihood Infrastructure Food Education For Health include, but are not limited to, the Philippines and Rwanda.

Guiding Principles

  1. To acknowledge and address local gender roles, cultural roles, factors, issues and dynamics in program designs since effective uptake of programs will be impacted by local norms;
  2. To acknowledge and address environmental needs and sustainability issues in program designs in order to promote the long-term financial, environmental and preventative health sustainability of programs;
  3. To acknowledge and address the pivotal role of affected communities in defining the issues and solutions in program designs since people’s lived experiences best define their specific problems and solutions; and
  4. To acknowledge and address the role of improved social determinants of health, specifically livelihood, infrastructure, food and education, in the amelioration of individual and community health:  physical, mental and spiritual.