The Reckoning International began exploring innovative and lasting solutions to poverty over ten years ago. We first redeemed 150 slaves among the Tharu in Nepal, then provided them with opportunities to create a livelihood.
Since that time, we have been slowly growing into an efficient organization that is overcoming poverty with opportunity. Through micro-loans, business training, and development initiatives, we've pioneered successful economic development projects in impoverished areas of Central America, Ukraine, Uganda, Burundi, and Kenya.
We're finding that the real solutions to poverty are empowering, sustainable, and found among the poor themselves. We're rethinking how global poverty is addressed…and we're seeing results. People are thriving when given the opportunity to work and become self-supporting.
"Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity.
It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life.
While poverty persists, there is no true freedom." Nelson Mandela
That concern for the poor of the world never left Tim, and years later, as an adult, he returned to Nepal with a group of people from his congregation. He saw the same desperate conditions that he remembered from his childhood, and he recognized that people caught in poverty need more than a handout to get them through one day.
The underprivileged need opportunity. Like-minded people joined Tim in a quest to find ways to break the cycle of poverty. Their energy and compassion grew into The Reckoning International, a faith-based organization that today partners with needy people in developing countries to find opportunities that will bring sustainable change to lives and communities.
Our founding director, Tim Troyer, grew up the son of overseas missionaries. Young Tim was scarcely old enough to read when he witnessed a scene that would shape the passions of life. He remembers watching a woman in a crowded marketplace in Nepal. Two small, crying children with her had the distended bellies of malnourishment. The woman carefully picked through piles of cow dung in the street, searching for undigested kernels of corn which she collected and dropped into the tin can she carried.
Something happened inside the small boy. It was unbelievable to him that others in the market passed the woman by, ignoring her plight. He’d seen many other scenes of poverty, and even as a child, he questioned why no one was doing anything to help people in such desperate need. He wanted to be a part of changing those scenes.