Imagine a world without poverty? Are you able to see it?
The men and women behind the organization Nuru International (Nuru is a Kiswahili word meaning light), hold this vision and have made it their mission to “end extreme poverty in remote, rural areas”.
Instead of offering quick fixes or temporary solutions, they are making a lasting impact by providing people with the knowledge and tools necessary to “life themselves out of extreme poverty forever”. They believe that through education the cycle of poverty could essentially be eradicated.
Founded by Jake Harriman, who served in the Marine Corps for over 7 years, Nuru International operates under the belief system that there is a direct correlation between poverty and 21st century insurgency. Harriman’s own experience fighting against the war on terror was the catalyst for this realization, inspiring him to leave the marines, enroll in college, and found Nuru.
Nuru focusus on areas such as agriculture, healthcare, water, and sanitation and partners with communities , helping them find ways to address the issues they face in an effort to help them become “self sustaining”, no longer having to rely on “handouts” to simply survive.
Above all, Nuru believes in ending poverty one community at a time, and that every one of us can help – declaring that each one of us can be “Nuru”. According to Nuru:
“If each one of us gives some of our time, talents, and resources, WE can change the world.”