FFP Inaugurates Tilapia Farm in The Dominican Republic

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (November 17, 2008) – During the week of Nov. 3, 2008, Food For The Poor (FFP) inaugurated a major project in Siembra Vieja, Dominican Republic. This project, completed jointly with the Taiwan International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF), is a multi-pond tilapia farm.

Food For The Poor, with the assistance of the ICDF, has implemented the Tilapia Farm Program, a self-sustaining fish farming initiative specifically designed to enhance food production in countries that are food insecure. The program will produce a nutritional source of food to combat hunger and reduce malnutrition, and will encourage economic sustainability with a viable and marketable product.

The La Siembra Vieja Tilapia Project, consisting of three ponds, will not only benefit the families involved economically, but will also contribute to the nutritional intake of the surrounding communities. This project will be a solution for two of the community’s problems – lack of food and a viable source of income.

In addition to the tilapia ponds, Food For The Poor is also providing the community of La Siembra Vieja with 76 double homes, latrines, water supply, school facility and a multi-purpose clinic.

“To help break the cycle of poverty, Food For The Poor has developed long-term, sustainable solutions to improve the economic situations of poor communities. We provide the poor with reliable facilities and the training that will enable them to become self-sufficient,” said Angel Aloma, executive director of Food For The Poor.

Food For The Poor, the largest international relief and development organization in the nation, does much more than simply feed the millions of hungry poor in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. Since 1982, we have provided clean water, medicines, educational materials, homes, support for orphans and the aged, skills training and emergency relief, with more than 96% of all donations going directly to programs that help the poor. For additional information please visit our Web site www.foodforthepoor.org.

Jennifer Leigh Oates
Public Relations Coordinator
(954) 427-2222 x 6054