Fast for Hope

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El Corozo Water Project Information
20-21  March -Community Assessment Engineering Study – 
El Corozo Community Diagnostic Report
If you want to learn more about the philosophy behind this initiative, you may find some of the books below of interest:
The End of Poverty by Jeffrey Sachs
The Blue Sweater by Jacqueline Novogratz
A Country under My Skin by Gioconda Belli
Bridging the Class Divide by Linda Stout
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
Collective Visioning by Linda Stout
Poor Economics by Abhlijit Banerjee
Blood of Brothers by Stephen Kinzer
Culture Matters: How Values Shape Human Progress by Lawrence E. Harrison
If I Had A Water Buffalo by Marilyn Fitzgerald
Find Me Unafraid, Love, Loss and Hope in an African Slum, by Kennedy Odede and Jessica Posner
Toxic Charity by Robert Lupton 
Charity Detox by Robert Lupton
 CLICK HERE for the application for the Cultural Delegation.
 CLICK HERE for the 2018-19 Fast for Hope Presentation (PDF)
 CLICK HERE for the 2018-19 Fast for Hope Presentation (PPT)
Notes on each page that includes the narrative.
Fast for Hope
Rotary District 5960 Team Lead Rick Heidick Email.

The Fast for Hope Initiative is based on the belief that while project based funding is critical to address immediate needs in developing parts of the world, a new model needs to be created in order to more effectively address the problem of systemic poverty in the world. This new model is based on a belief that the local community knows best what they need and that the community must take ownership of any solution in order for it to be successful. Finally instead of doing a project in multiple communities, this is intended to be a multifaceted effort simultaneously addressing the myriad of needs that are interconnected and which cause the residents of one or two particular communities to live in extreme poverty.


Vision Statement: 

Applying the power of Rotary to end extreme poverty

Mission Statement:

Fostering the means to end extreme poverty and sustainably improve lives


Goal is to create a replicable and sustainable model to address extreme poverty in the developing world. Base in part on the book The End of Poverty which maintains we are the first generation with the ability to end extreme poverty in the world. The premise is that this cannot be achieved by doing projects. Rather we need to work on a community wide basis addressing the myriad of issues that cause a community to be in extreme poverty and that once the community achieves a basic level of economic success than they can continue to grow without further assistance. The issues will vary community to community, but may include lack of access to education, lack of access to transportation and markets, limited experience organizing as a community, culture of dependence on charity.In 2015, with assistance from a District Grant, El Corozo: 

How can you participate?


  • Participate in a cultural delegation. Any Rotarian can participate and spouses and significant others are also often invited. You will have an opportunity to meet the people, to see the country, to learn about the history and to see the work you are helping to fund.
  • Continue to provide financial support. This effort is not funded through the Foundation. (At the same time, Fast for Hope has successfully applied for and received District Grant Funds.)
  • Share the attached reading list with members of your club.
  • Have members of the Fast for Hope Steering Committee present to your club.


For more information, you can contact the Fast for Hope Team Lead, Rick Heidick, Email Link

For a presentation about Fast for Hope to your club contact Pam Tschida, Email Link

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