Vicente Ferrer Foundation Launches First Office in the United States With Good Scents From the Kitchen

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By Agencia EFE
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 23, 2016) - The Vicente Ferrer Foundation USA has made its presence known in America, supported by renowned chefs from Spain, India and the United States under the slogan,  “Recipe for Empowerment,” after fighting poverty in India for almost 50 years.
 
Vicente Ferrer Foundation has helped more than three million people to get out of the poverty in southern India and has now opened a new office in the United States to increase its impact even more around the world. It has been a long and hard journey coming to the U.S., considering the first international donation was made by the U.S. government in 1969.
 
"The first project started by the Vicente Ferrer Foundation in Anantapur (India) was funded by the United States. It was a project related to water wells,” Vicente Ferrer’s son and current president of the foundation, Moncho, told EFE. “Furthermore, he also was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize from the U.S. in 1969.”
 
 
Ferrer praised the "connection" and "new chapter" that the foundation will create in the country. This will ensure that the organization is better known in America, where there are large Spanish and Indian communities.
 
The main mission of the organization is to eradicate poverty in rural India through empowering the most marginalized communities while collaborating actively with the population to promote their economic, cultural and social development.
 
"My father always wanted to help the maximum number of poor people across India.  We continue working to achieve that goal. So we need resources worldwide, and the United States is a generous country. There are a lot of supportive people who can work hard and help us," he added.
 
During the launch event at the Former Residence of Spanish Ambassadors in Washington, the foundation was supported by chefs from Spain, the U.S and India. Attendees were surrounded by captivating scents and colors. It was a wonderful scene while celebrating a supportive auction that raised funds for the foundation’s next projects.
 
Ferrer is proud of his father’s work and he would really like to continue his legacy, which includes more than 70,000 homes built in southern India. Where the foundation has its impact zone, it has achieved 100% schooling in that area.
 
In addition, Ferrer said, more than 20,000 young people have gained access to universities and educational programs, something his father considered vital for progress.
 
Moncho Ferrer said that there are six key areas in which the foundation is working hard: women’s development, rural infrastructure, health equality, education, helping people with disabilities,and working to preserve the environment.
 
On the idea of using food and gastronomy as the perfect excuse to launch the Vicente Ferrer Foundation USA, its president is very clear. 
 
"Food always connects people,” he said. “It’s an amazing thing in the world. You can go anywhere in the world and food is an essential connection element. So, here we have food from India, Spain and the United States to join people for a good cause, which is helping others who are living in India thousands of kilometers from here.”
 
The event also featured the world premiere of the virtual reality experience, "The Empowered,” a film that shows the impact of the Vicente Ferrer Foundation in the development of communities in rural India, with special emphasis on the role of women as agents of change.