5000Plus empowers people in some of the poorest areas of the world to break out of poverty. The vision for this charity is drawn from the example of Jesus and His disciples who, starting with 5 loaves and 2 fishes belonging to a small boy, miraculously fed a great crowd of people as described in the Biblical Gospel of Mark 6:35-44.
Key points drawn from this story are:
5000Plus was founded by Rob and Jane Garratt in 1998. Challenged by the poverty they saw while travelling in Nepal, they asked God what could be done. Back came the response "the answer starts with what the people have, not with what they don't have". The story came to mind of the miracle of the feeding of the five thousand men plus women and children as recounted in Mark’s gospel chapter 6 verses 35 to 44.
On asking their host Hari Khati what skills he had, they discovered before becoming a pastor he was a tailor and that he thought he could pass these skills onto others. With a £100 donation two sewing machines were bought and this was the beginning of what became three tailoring businesses which in turn financed the running of sewing training schools. Many hundreds of students have successfully learnt a skill which generates incomes to feed their families. Thus the work of 5000Plus was born.
Rob & Jane Garratt
Founders of 5000Plus
Associate of 5000Plus
Hari Kumar Khati
A partner of 5000Plus in Nepal
Kennedy Otieno Ojunju
A partner of 5000Plus in Kenya
A partner of 5000Plus in Tanzania
Here at Panahpur we have supported the work of 5000Plus over recent years. It has been refreshing to see how Rob and Jane have remained faithful to the vision God gave them. They refuse to build their own empire but give of themselves and their resource in order to empower others to break free of poverty. This echoes my own passion to communicate God’s love to a hurting world. They have developed the simple and transferable 5000Plus model. Rob and Jane are a great inspiration to others who are at a similar stage in their lives and who still aspire to make a tangible difference to those they see in need around them. Panahpur have invested in this vision and we encourage you to invest too.
I have been privileged to be part of the 5000Plus journey for some time now. 5000Plus is unique in many ways and I believe is a truly creative way of impacting communities for lasting change. Rob & Jane's passion and vision are exceptional and contagious. A very simple model of using whatever people have and leveraging it for maximum impact and ensuring they take ownership of the vision in carrying it out.
It has been a joy and an honour to work with 5000Plus as a partner in empowering underprivileged community of Nepal by providing the skill of Income Generating Training. So far we have held 3 sessions of training together with Rob and Jane (5000Plus) which have proved very effective in the communities. The participants have used the skills to make their living by doing small income generating projects. We wish to continue the ministry with 5000Plus in the future to impact more marginalized people groups of Nepal.
The 5000Plus vision is striking because it is biblical, simple, empowering and is easy to run. There are now hundreds of projects inspired by this teaching. The revelation has gone forth like wild savannah fires. Pauline is a widow who attended only two training seminars. She decided to do chicken and sugarcane growing and has managed to pull herself up and today pays school fees for her son. Another pastor in Kisii today runs a school that gives him income and also helps him minister to community by providing quality education for the needy and vulnerable and also creating employment. Fred attended the training seminars, tried his hands on a few projects with limited success but after receiving further help from Heifer International he increased. Today he has put together over 40 families in a group where 22 have got dairy animals that are already changing lives of the poor people. If there could be a way to make 5000Plus spread throughout the country, this continent would change.