The reality of the difficulty of life in many developing countries is extremely alarming. Most inhabitants of developing countries fall below poverty line and have a completely different standard of living as compared to those residing in developed countries. They experience many issues relating to health and basic commodities such as food and shelter. As such, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) take effort in improving the lives of numerous families by providing basic commodities, proper healthcare, and promoting equality for all individuals.
The need to prioritize rural transformation comes from many factors. To begin with, there is this perception people have that moving to urban areas will inevitably improve their standard of living. Thus, urban areas become crowded while many rural areas get abandoned. In these abandoned areas, many agricultural lands will lose their full purpose while unemployment in urban areas will continue.
Given the problems mentioned, NGOs have continually exerted their efforts towards solving them one by one. Some of the initiatives NGOs continually pursue are providing scholarships for deserving students and educating people to be self-sustainable. This has been done through teaching people the different skills and agricultural methods in which is beneficial in improving many of their livelihoods. Apart from skills to help them with their routines, small scale farmers are also taught basic business methods to guide them financially. Sensitive issues are likewise researched upon as well to create peace and order within the various communities. NGOs have also looked into methods of conflict resolution for areas who need to work on such issues. Children and the elderly are also cared for in these areas as there are times that they can be abandoned by their families. NGOs adopt them and put them in shelters where they are cared for.
To continually be able to help those who are in need, there is the need to constantly seek for grants for NGOs in developing countries. Often times, donations are given by various philanthropic foundations, individuals who are financially able to give, or companies as part of their corporate social responsibility. Improving the lives of those living in rural areas has been a great ambition many NGOs share, including new or startup NGOs. Thus, funds for new NGOs have also been made available by many grant-funding agencies.
Thus far, many NGOs have taken it as their responsibility to care for rural development in many parts of developing countries. But at the same time, there are still numerous areas untouched and in need of the support NGOs bring. To date, there are still over three billion people who live on less than USD 3 a day (Shah, 2013). Many of them are inhabitants of rural areas who are still untouched and need guidance from NGOs. For many NGOs, one rural area at a time is enough for a steady but sure process. This is effective as successfully transformed rural areas are still given attention and maintenance. But at the same time, they may not be enough time for those living in untouched areas. Without guidance, they continually live day-to-day with less than USD 3.