SSG-supported programs take a holistic approach to helping communities fulfill their basic needs, including food, water, shelter, and healthcare. To do this, SSG supports organizations that have a physical presence in the community, that are concerned with follow up throughout the entire project, and that measure and evaluate both qualitative and quantitative results. SSG’s three focus areas are the following:
SSG focuses on projects concerned with disease prevention and wellness. Specific community health
projects have targeted developing access to clean water, adequate nutrition, midwifery education, safer stoves, and training related to the use of medicinal herbs.
SSG funds programs that provide training in agriculture and natural resource management such as community training in reforestation, crop diversification, composting, and plant nursery production. Land availability is limited therefore, by utilizing permaculture and organic methods of production, communities can improve soil fertility and increase yields.
Environmental issues link directly to both health and agriculture. For example, the community project concerning clean water focused on water catchment to prevent water borne diseases. However, with appropriate water catchment, women and children don’t have to spend so much time fetching and carrying water from far away sources and can learn to use their energies for other tasks. Impacts have included higher rates of children attending school and easing the daily burden on women.