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The economic development program began in 1989. The goal of this program is to provide training for local community-based groups in the rural communities of Dame-Marie, Moron, and Anse d’Hainault. The program works in these low-income rural areas to strengthen the long term economic stability in each community. AFSC hopes to accomplish this by providing community-based groups with the financial and technical support needed in the following areas of community development. 5 basic programs are applied:
The American Friends Service Committee carries out service, development, social justice, and peace programs throughout the world. Founded by Quakers in 1917 to provide conscientious objectors with an opportunity to aid civilian war victims, AFSC’s work attracts the support and partnership of people of many races, religions, and cultures.
AFSC’s work is based on the Quaker belief in the worth of every person and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. The organization’s mission and achievements won worldwide recognition in 1947 when it accepted the Nobel Peace Prize with the British Friends Service Council on behalf of all Quakers.
The AFSC is directed by a Quaker board and staffed by Quakers and other people of faith who share the Friends’ desire for peace and social justice.