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FWOP Representative Miguel Juanez travels to New Zealand

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 FWOP membership is free to anyone who believes that every person in the world has the right to have a life without poverty. If you believe that everyone should have the opportunity of adequate food and shelter you should be a member of FWOP.

Membership in FWOP is open to anyone with an e-mail address and it is free.

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Posted by Future Without Poverty On November - 9 - 2011 0 Comment
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Kendall Brune , PhD Director of Economic Development for FWOP has been involved in developing an exciting effort in St Louis.

Hundreds of volunteers (424 Volunteers) worked with Rebuild Together-St. Louis to transform a north St. Louis building into a training center for military veterans.

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Posted by Future Without Poverty On October - 15 - 2011 0 Comment

Sahuayo, Michoacan ( Mexico) on the Move!


On September 18th Mariann Contreras , Edwards Ochao (Pato) Contreras and Stan Ingman met to discuss various items that Mujeres Vigilantes, COFIMICH and FWOP need to consider in building more livable, strong, and sustainable neighborhoods for low income families.

 

The highlight of our meeting was a visit to some 50 houses under contruction in Sahuayo. The plan is to build 150 houses at this location. Houses measures 7 x 20 meters, have three bedrooms, one bath room and one common living area. At this stage our team also has houses under construction in Zimapan, State of Hidalgo (200) and Sahuayo . Go to www.remuni.org to view a YouTube or click on Mujeres Vigilantes logo on our sponsorship list.

Below you have a photo of Stan, Mariann, Celia (Pato’s wife) , and Pato with children and grandchildren from both families. People are looking at the roof and as you may know families can add a second floor to their house if funds become available.

Citizens must fund street lights. While in Guadalajara Ingman met with Solar Technology ( www.solartechnology.com.mx) to explore the best options to solve this issue. In addition, Syl Flores contacted a solar panel company in Ripley, Ohio to find out if they might have a good solution at a good price. Tom Benjamin is also working on the issue in Virginia. Walmart has a solar flood light that could be another solution.

We are now discussing in more detail how we develop this neighborhood to create a self-managed liveable neighborhood. What committees, what educational programs do we bring to the site, and what links to alternative employment do we create nearby?

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Posted by Future Without Poverty On October - 15 - 2011 1 Comment

San Martin and Mazamitla, Mexico : Self Management and New Low Income Eco-Housing

For some 8 years FWOP have worked with San Martin to make this small settlement more livable. Initially, a gasoline generator from Texas was installed to supply two light bulbs per 10 houses. Later three solar panels were installed to substitute for the generator. Now they use them both. A TV antenna show that someone now watches TV.

Villagers had to walk mile or two to locate a bucket of water. So , our team located a spring some 2 miles away from San Martin. GPS help us determine it higher than San Martin. A gravity system of pipes pushed the water tank to San Martin, and finally lines to each house per water access.

Stan and Pato visited San Martin on 19th and sat down with Antonio the chair of the village committee. First we learned that the spring went dry some two years ago. Antonio had watched Tom Benjamin do the initial project. So he merely located another site of water in the ravine a site of old water tank and dug a hole and reconnected the system and water continues to flow to San Martin.

Second , the evaluated the generator – solar panel system and determine that we could merely relocate the panels and perhaps secure more sun light and thus , they may not need to use the gasoline generator for electricity.

Our next stop was near Mazamitla and the site of where some 500 houses for low income families. These houses will have some exciting features. Solar water heating systems on the roofs will provide warm showers . Bio-digestor had the bottom of the hill will receive all toilet waste. Methane gas will be piped to individual homes will allow families to cook meals without buying butane gas tanks or burning wood. They also have a rebate for program to reward families who recycle.

Currently, electric boxes are installed. The septic line have been laid out for all houses and come down the hill to be linked to the biodigestors. Finally federal permit will allow them to cut the trees down to then move ahead with constructing houses in November.

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Posted by Future Without Poverty On September - 23 - 2011 0 Comment

While it may be unfair to put the world’s troubles on the backs of women of the world, it is instructive to review the roles of women with respect to national and community building across our planet. Stereotypes are not always helpful.

National leadership in the hands of women does seem to be on the rise, e.g., Germany , Brazil, Argentina, Thailand and Australia. Their impact is as yet unclear. More impressive is the role of Aung San Suu Kyi , leader of the opposition in Burma.

Perhaps more concrete social change is the work of Dr. Yunus and the creation of the Grameen Bank, which focuses upon micro loans to mostly women in Bangladesh and around the world. In Mexico FWOP has tried to support En Via Foundation in Oaxaca that provides microloans to women in two villages. (www.envia.org ) .

The Green Belt Movement that was organized by Professor Wangari Masthai , Nobel Prize for Peace in 2004 has been empowering women for thirty years across Kenya and Africa. Their goals is now one billion tree campaign . Turk Pipkin is recent film Nobeity focuses in part on her outstanding work. ( www.greenbeltmovement.org )

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Posted by Future Without Poverty On September - 23 - 2011 0 Comment
Destination Mexico Powerpoint

Destination Mexico: Aging and Emerging Societies,
Spring Break 2009

Mexico Powerpoint Presentaion

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Posted by Future Without Poverty On September - 12 - 2011 0 Comment

Sha a ‘Adu : Mujeres Vigilantes’ s housing project in Hidalgo State

The Mujeres Vigilantes recently inaugurated a tourist complex on a large recreational lake in State of Hidalgo.

The name of the project is, Sha a’ Aud, was inspired by the “kibbutzin” communities of Israel. The idea behind the project was to combine a community for native or indigenous families with a special business foucs for village men and women to secure a living.

Lic. Ivonne Solis Sandoval, President of Mujeres Vigilantes , came up with idea while visiting Israel on trade mission. Ms Sandoval brought together SAGARPA(Agriculture) , SRA (Agarian Reform) and SEDESOL (Community and Economic Development) from Federal Government to fund the project. The first youtube celebrates the opening of the project.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhZ_Us9Pnxg

The project is located near Zimapan in northwest region of the State of Hidalgo. Some 1500 employees will have work that is related to this lake retreat. Zimapan is easily accessible from Mexico City. The next youtube shows the cabanas, the lake and the initial construction of the homes (200) for the workers at the resort.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-w1PmpvO4gQ

Finally, Lic. Ivonne Sandoval explains the reason for the project in the youtube below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=0KRJmHEA6Ns

Future Without Poverty, Inc. is proud to be a partner with Mujeres Vigilantes and to be a witness of their numerous accomplisments in Mexico. New homes have been built in Sahuayo near Lake Chapala. They started building their network and organization in 2004.

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Posted by Future Without Poverty On August - 7 - 2011 0 Comment

As the gap in the USA between haves and have nots, rich and poor, widens while the overall economy growth also slows, and the wealth gap between various white and non-white expands, does localism provide any hope?

Sarah Sanka’s books on the Not So Big House and Not So Big Life provides one survival option and even a potential solution to avoid economic tragedy and increase life satisfaction. (www.susanka.com) How to protect family life from national economic depression? Children moving back home and merging resources is one concrete step being taken every day in Texas, Ohio and Michigan.

In the 30s USA created the Works Progress Administration (WPA) program as a way to put people to work and earn enough to live.

http://eh.net/encyclopedia/articlecouch.works.progress.administration

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Posted by Future Without Poverty On August - 7 - 2011 0 Comment

Raanan Katzir , a retired agricultural extension agent from Israel , has been a FWOP partner for many years. Since 1993 , Raanan has been teaching across all parts of Chain on such topics as efficient irrigation, mitigation of salinity soils, simplified hydroponics, micro-farming and combating desertification. As our work in Flor de Campo expanded the economic well-being of residents we could see the expansion of agricultural production near the houses. ( See photo below)

Having worked some years in Central America, he is well able to deliver his material in Spanish. Raanan joined FWOP members in meetings and field trips to Mazamitla, San Martin and Flor de Campo in the State of Jalisco, Zacatecas in State of Zacatecas and Tecoman in the State of Colima. With his recognized expertise, he has consulted and taught in many other areas across Mexico.

He has had a special link to the Institute for Simplified Hydroponics near Puebla, Mexico ( http://www.carbon.org ) . Raanan has worked with the FWOP to construct various models for a “micro-farm” that can increase sustainability for households and local neighborhoods. http://www.microfarms.com Our colleagues are integrating such models into the new housing areas built by COFMICH in Mazamitla (500) , Sahuayo (250) , Ocotlan (250) and Morelia (3500).

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Posted by Future Without Poverty On July - 16 - 2011 0 Comment

With FWOP partnership with COFIMICH, MUJERES VIGILANTES and SEDESOL in Mexico , we have chance to bring eco-housing and eco-villages or sustainable living to thousands. Some 5000 house are under construction now. As part of FWOP role as a full partner in the program, we continue to look for new home models and villages. Some years ago FWOP arranged for Bill Peck , architect of Lewisville to lecture at the University of Zacatecas in Zacatecas Mexico on green house construction. Bill is now building zero energy homes across North Texas. Earlier FWOP staff worked with Jane Provo of Denton Affordable Housing Corporation and Dan Fette, a well know green building in North Texas to build the Nevada Court development for low income citizens of Denton some four years ago. These houses of 1300 square feet could assure residents that their cooling and heating bill would not be above $60 per months on average for 12 months.

A week ago, FWOP representatives attended the energy summit at the Discovery Park at UNT and learn more about the Zero Energy Lab House . We then attended the ground breaking ceremony for the Lab House at noon . The Lab House will allow researchers to test various innovations integrated into a total unit to see how well they function , or how well they contribute to energy efficiency and water conservation.

The emerging idea in Denton and in Mexico with support from FWOP is create a zero energy villages, not just single homes. In Denton it could be for an intergenerational communities or a community that integrates all social classes , students , the disabled, and the elderly. In Mexico it villages will remain low income oriented. But , hope knows the future?

We learned recently that the eco house communities in Mexico are integrating various ways to secure a more sustainable future for the families. For example they are moving forward to build three more chicken /fish/kitichen gardens into the homes in San Martin. FWOP is designing a new model a house hold that uses less land. You can see our initial model in San Martin below . In other location they are installing green house to grow vetable for all seasons for consumption and for see in the local market or in region markets.

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