International Village Development, Inc. (IVD) was created in 1996 by Thomas Eric Tenu (originally from Ghana, West Africa) to address issues that plague village communities worldwide.Eric Tenu Thomas, a Graduate of Fordham University and SUNY Levin Institute of Business, is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic plan of the organization. Other key duties include fundraising, marketing, and community outreach. He is responsible for communicating effectively with the Board of IVD and providing in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions for International Village Development.Mr. Tenu left the village a long time ago to come to America in the pursuit of a better life and greater opportunities. He returned to the village in 1995, after he had departed there for over 30 years and was stunned at the desolation, rampant hunger/poverty and disease coupled with lack of proper education that he witnessed.Leaving to come to America has not only changed his life, but 30years later he created International Village Development to give others the same opportunities to extend the hand of hope, believing that “Alone we can do so little, but together we can do so much”.IVD’s Mission is to alleviate poverty through lasting solutions that help people build assets, create jobs and raise their standard of living. Many of our clients around the world are poor or economically vulnerable. They live in challenging conditions with few possibilities to make a living.Poverty amid plenty is the world’s greatest challenge. Fighting poverty with passion is at the heart of all what we do at International Village Development Poverty not only affects low income and consumption but also encompasses low income and achievement in education, health, nutrition, and other areas of human development. To many people, what poverty means to them is powerlessness, voiceless vulnerability and fear .These different dimensions of poverty interact in important ways. So do interventions to improve the well-being of poor people. Increasing education leads to better health outcomes. Improving health increases income-earning potential. Providing safety nets allows poor people to engage in higher-risk, higher-return activities. And eliminating discrimination against women, ethnic minorities, and other disadvantaged groups both directly improves their well-being and enhances their ability to increase their incomeThere are about 350 million indigenous people in the world, comprising nearly 5% of the world’s population, but around 15% of the world’s poorest people. Indigenous people worldwide have long faced social exclusion, institutional discrimination and ethnic violence, and limited economic opportunity, all factors that contribute to a cycle of intergenerational poverty and loss of indigenous cultural heritage.Indigenous peoples are the guardians of ancient cultures and traditions, but their ability to uphold them becomes ever more challenging due to their lack of economic opportunity. Living far from cities or centers of commerce, they tend to have much less power and influence over their governments and local policy makers, who could affect change and improve their quality of life. Often forced to migrate to urban centers in search of income, indigenous people may be forced to abandon their native dress, language and traditions, and lose their sense of cultural unity. And, their level of access to social protection programs which provide health and education services is well below national averages in many countries with indigenous populations.Indigenous people are disproportionately represented among the poorest, accounting for one third of the world’s approximately 900 million poor people living in rural areas. So, we’re not simply in the business of building churches. We do what we do to see communities transform. Some positive benefits Churches bring to communities are that religion provides moral foundation of self restraint and community awareness necessary for the success of many village children and the moral training churches provide to citizens. They also provide social skills training. The children of many villages have no one to teach them God’s Word.As we minister to the children in Dalave, more children are attending church services. This get’s the attention of the children’s parents, who begin coming to Church, too.Your generous gift today will help complete the first permanent church in the village of Dalave, Togo. And the need could’nt be greater. You see, in this region of Togo, the intense poverty forces many families to sell their young daughter into marriage when they come of age – at 11, 12, 13 14 years old. As no government programs exist to help these at-risk families, the Church offers their only hope for social change. And you can provide that today, with your gift.