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Posted by Miguel Juanez On June - 19 - 2017 0 Comment

Ten years ago, Hans Rosling gave this very interesting TED Talk on poverty statistics.  It focuses on fertility changes, family size, economic changes, longevity, rich/poor gap, and poverty reduction across our planet. Topics all of us here at FWOP are passionate about solving.

The Hans Rosling presentation showed decline in extreme world poverty 10 years ago as did recent piece in the Economist on April 1st, 2017. As an appeal to our fascination with youtube, we recommend you check it out as it does a good job of showing the gap between rich and poor in various countries. By exploring various forms of capitalist and socialist economic systems, some with varying levels of democratic political controls,  can all claim some credit for the progress.

The Economist article reflects the notion that it is “possible to imagine a future in which the global poverty rate continues to drop even as poverty becomes more entrenched in a few unlucky counties”.

One of our coalition of affiliates, Dallas Designing Dreams, is contributing to the notion by staying focused on micro strategies to reduce poverty. Take a look.

Dallas Designing Dreams      is a new affiliate in Dallas that provides FWOP with new capacity to assist.


Dallas Designing Dreams provide a model for all our affiliates to expand the number of entrepreneurs, artists and craft persons in this world. Some will develop micro businesses, others may develop large businesses, BUT the goal is the same.


Posted by Miguel Juanez On May - 26 - 2017 0 Comment

2017 FWOP World Summit International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

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October 4 – 6, 2017 CATIE Campus, Turrialba, CR

Pre-Conference Agenda

Sunday, October 1  – Tuesday, October 3, 2017

All day October 1 – 3, 2017 Experience a guided tour and eco-tourism opportunities with A-Wow project in Curridabat, San José

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Conference Agenda

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

7:00 am to 9:00 am Registration and Reception
9:00 am to 9:30 am Opening Ceremonies

Dr. Muhammad Ibrahim, General Director CATIE

Sylvester Flores, Founder and President of Future Without Poverty (FWOP)

Dr. Eliécer Vargas, MIST Co-Director

9:30 am to 10:00 am Keynote Addresses:

Dr Todd Spinks,  Advisor, Sustainability & Citizenship, Southwest Airlines

10:00 am to 10:30 am Break
10:30 am to 12:30 am Session 1: Enterprise Development, Poverty and Empowerment

Eduardo Villafranca,  President of Reinventing Business for All (RBA)

Case: Hotel Punta Islita

Our Actions Matters  (7-10 minutes per partner)

Sylvester Flores, FWOP President. Business Development via the Ripley Gourmet Tortilla Factory, Ripley Ohio

Dr.Kendall Brune,  Executive Board FWOP /Development Director – Business and NGO partnerships

Carolyn  Wright , CEO – AWOW  and Rotary President- 2016-17, Lewisville Texas

ACTUAR Representative

Deguesew Derese,  International LLC , Dallas- Focus Africa

Dr. Syeda Jesmin, UNTDallas, Micro Loan Programs- Bangladesh Discussion

12:30 pm to 2:00 pm Lunch
2:00 pm to 3:40 pm Session 2: Environmental Promotion, Poverty and Empowerment

MSc Ana Baez, CCT President

Case: Biological Corridors in Costa Rica

Session Chair

2:20 pm to 3:40 pm Our  Actions Matters (7-10 minutes per partner)

Daniel Villafranca, Caminos de Osa

Dr. Maria Suarez Toro, PH.D Centro Comunitario de Buceo Embajadores del Mar, Caribe Sur Costa Rica/MsSc Marianita Harvey Project Beneficios del Mar, Costa Rica

Marianella Franklin, Sustainability Officier, UT Rio Grande Valley
Dr Arthur Lee, Community Health Advocate, Chair , ELAM Advisor Board, Nashville, Tenn.

Whitney Carr, UNT (University of North Texas) Future Without Poverty student chapter, “Denton to Nigeria: Clean Water”


3:40 pm to 4:00 pm Break
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm Session 3: Education for Sustainability, Poverty and Empowerment

Dr. Mario Piedra, Dean Graduate School at CATIE

Case: Graduate programs at CATIE and the UNSDG

Session Chair

Our Actions Matters   (7-10 minutes per partner)

Ishmaels Kabann, Uganda FWOP Kampala

Fernanda Ornelas , SUBIRE – K- 12 schools,  Guadalajara , Mexico –International Coordination, UNT graduate – Business

Dr.K. C. Birenda,  Master of Science in International Sustainable Tourism UNT/CATIE

Dr. Isabel Gutierrez, Prácticas del Desarrollo, CATIE

Brandon Morton, Sustainability Officer, North Lake College, Irving, Texas and Sierra Club Regional Director

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm CATIE´s International Club

Thursday, October 05, 2017

7:30 am to 8:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:00 am. to 5:00 pm Session: Implementation challenges – as real as can be.

Poverty reduction and implementation challenges: keep sharing knowledge but this time about implementation

Experiential CASE:  Rural Tourism in Mollejones of Turrialba. Here, we aims to attract people interested in sharing know-how at the community level. Mollejones is a remote agricultural community lacking traditional tourism opportunities but have found in community-based rural tourism a way to attract a select market. Come to see how the elderly and the young are been support by this initiative.

Experiential CASE: Santa Cruz, the Cradle of the Turrialba Cheese. Here we aims to attract people interested in small scale agriculture and livestock production. We will learn about challenges with appropriate technology, support systems, and community empowerment strategies.

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Parallel events

FWOP Board of Director Meeting

10 year of collaboration – UNT/CATIE

Network of Women for Sustainable Tourism


Friday, October 06, 2017

7:00 am to 8:30 am International Breakfast – prepare for all participants.

CATIE Botanical Garden and Sustainability Educational House

8:30 am to 9:30 am Session: Making FWOP work as a network of knowledge and support

Dr. Eliécer Vargas and Dr. Stan Ingman, Sustainability Educational House and Poverty Reduction

9:30 am to 10:00 am Break
10:00 am to 12:00 pm Our Action Matters – (2 hours for work in groups)- Some initial facilitators  listed below

Group Opportunity for Sustainability Educational House- Schools,  Colleges and Universities –  Dr. E. Vargas, CATIE

Group Opportunity for Costa Rica Network, Southwest Airlines, AWOW, FWOP , CATIE – Christine, Ortega , International Senior Advisor-Community Affairs/Grassroots/SW, Carolyn Wright, CEO-AWOW, Dr.Stan Ingman-FWOP

Group Opportunity for Sustainable Agriculture Cooperation

Group Opportunity for Academic Cooperation- Journals, You Tube Channel-FWOP,  Dr.Iftekhar Amin UNT Dallas, and Arthur Porter, Dallas Designing Dreams ,

Group Opportunity for Community Empowerment- FWOP Advisor Board-Ana Fores and  Andres Pacheco

Group Opportunity for Sustainable Appropriate Technologies Cooperation – Dr.Kuruvilla Johns, Chair, Mechanical and Energy Engineering, UNT. Kevin Peach, Solar Systems, and Tom Benjamin, Executive Board, FWOP,  Greg Ousley, Global Director of Development-FWOP and  Churchill Technology and Sustainable Development Center  – Fulton, Missouri

12:00 am to 2:00 pm Lunch at the Botanical Garden
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm Our Common Future as a Network – Planning our next meetings
4:00 pm to 4:30 pm Break
4:30 pm to 5:00 pm Impact of our conference on poverty reduction
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm Closing Ceremonies – Guess speaker (TBA)


After conference opportunities

Saturday, October 07, 2017

All day After conference trips – to be coordinated by Network of Women for Sustainable Tourism

Contact María Suarez Toro, Fundación ACCION YA

Posted by Miguel Juanez On January - 7 - 2016 0 Comment

Arbor Health and FWOP have a goal of reducing homelessness and improving the quality of life among veterans one individual at a time. FWOP partner Arbor Health has recently been able to work with community programs and homeless outreaches to assist in the housing of veterans who are living on the streets.  Many of the veterans suffer from the effects of PTSD (Post traumatic stress disorder) and have never been in for treatment and have no worked with the Veterans Administration for various reasons.   In the last month alone they were able to provide a stable housing for 5 new veterans who the month before were living on the streets.

Jonathan Hiltz is the current Administrator, also a combat Disabled veteran who served in Iraq in 2005-2006 and has been in treatment for PTSD.  He has been able to get off a number of medications by utilizing the processes and counseling that Arbor Health uses to help with his own issues, but also to be able to help veterans who suffer with the same things.

Currently, by improving care and finances for veterans, some 20 veterans have gone home to their families.   Recently one veteran has taken a job for $22 per hour as a pipe fitter.  He will move out soon to his own apartment.  He is now setting up a hydroponics program at Arbor Hill.

On November 1, 2014, Kendall Brune and his team took over Arbor Health and began to rebuild a program for veterans who need assisted living care.  Arbor Health was a troubled facility where few people left.  Currently, by improving care and finances for veterans, some 20 have gone home to their families or into their own personal housing.  One vet was on some 22 psychoactive drugs was able to go on one PRN or as need psychoactive drug.   Recently one veteran has taken a job for $22 per hour as a pipe fiters he was living on the streets of Saint louis prior to coming to Arbor.  He will move out soon to his own apartment.  They are now setting up hydroponics program at Arbor Health.  Some 38 now live in the facility because of a gracious donation from Wellsfargo grant and partnership with The Mission Continues.

Recently the story below was written by a visitor to his facility after interviewing residents at Arbor Health.  Sam Plaster | | MC5 | 3418 Knipp Drive PO Box 570 | Jefferson City, MO 65102

Posted by Miguel Juanez On July - 30 - 2015 1 Comment

Arbor Health, LLC., is an assisted living mental health facility that specializes in the mental health treatment of Veterans, with an emphasis on meaningful activities of daily living. This is a facility with very low reimbursement and had serious resident abuse problem before it was taken over by a partner of FWOP, Inc., and was very near to the Ferguson Community in St Louis where there was serious conflict and controversy.

Fie Zach is an intern at Arbor Health with a focus upon Art Therapy. He recently graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a Master’s Degree in Art. His work focuses on sculpture, installations, video, sound and performance.

Art for soul 1







The administrator and most of the residents are Veterans. After experiencing a severe trauma or life-threatening event, many military veterans develop symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). All the resident veterans in Arbor Health had PTSD and depression because of the War. The Veterans with PTSD have lived through a traumatic event that caused them to fear for their lives, see horrible things, and feel helpless. Bad memories of the traumatic event affect the rest of their life.

Mr. Zach Fie decided to create an image at the front of entrance that focuses upon about the Battle of Iwo Jima.   This was a major battle in which the U.S. Marines landed on and eventually captured the island of Iwo Jima from the Japanese Imperial  Army during World War II.  This is an attempt to reflect and to give Veterans a peaceful lovely home to live.

Fei Zach believes art is a reflection of human creative skill and imagination.  Picasso once said: “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” He believes that art making itself is  therapeutic, it transcends words and triggers different parts of the brain and subconscious.  When he realized that art was such a powerful tool for helping people,  he decided to enter the healthcare field as an informal therapist  and use his art skills for the benefit of people.


The four soldiers are painted with Acrylic and one is soldier holding an American flag. There are 5 US military badges (US Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard) and 6 main war country maps (German, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan) around the soldiers. For various countries, the newspaper clippings reported the events of each battlefield stories are integrated into the mural as well as the honor military ribbons which are made of wood.

Art for the Soul 1







A specific resident he worked with had a serious PTSD and depression conditions. An angry man and full of an attitude problem, a big smoker, always walking around and talking to himself. People think he is a really talented guy.  He likes to draw a lot and is really interested in painting.   Unfortunately, the veteran never had chance to go school. After Fei Zach talked to him, he has shown a lot of his sketches and explain and the stories behind his drawings.

The veteran told Fie Zach that he always can hear some sort of “noise talk” which makes him angry and gives him a headache.


When Fie Zachstart  was working  on the mural most residents just passed by and looked at it as weird. They had no idea what we were doing, but when the image gradually showed through a lot of veterans and residents came over ask us about the work and some then began to also share their own military experience Zach.


Zach believes that art is an amazing gift from God to human beings,  and Art Therapy is about the process of “art making” rather than the project itself. Art therapy is such a power tool and healing modality intended to bring together physical, emotional and spiritual care by facilitating creative ways for patients to respond to their experiences. In addition Arbor Health is slowly adding a wide range of activities to improve the social and psychological environment in the facility, e.g., gardening, fishing, pool table, dart board, ceramics,  foosball,  ping pong, and  music.

Posted by Miguel Juanez On May - 26 - 2015 0 Comment

For the past 15 years, A Future Without Poverty (FWOP) has worked to build a network of individuals, institutions, community organizations, foundations, religious organizations, international non-government organizations, corporations and government agencies to join in its mission to reduce global poverty. These 15 years have provided us the opportunity to learn first-hand about the many activities that are being done to attempt to reduce global poverty.

All of these experiences have guided FWOP to the following conclusion:

There is a need to form a global coalition committed to promoting local solutions to reduce poverty that are economically and environmentally sustainable.

FWOP has found many examples of successful efforts to reduce poverty in communities around the world. In most cases the programs that have been successful are initiated by local entrepreneurs and assisted by outside resources that offer an investment in the program and work with local leadership to meet their dreams for a future without poverty.

The Coalition for A Future Without Poverty will encourage all levels of the global community to share ideas and work collectively to find locally based solutions that are economically and environmentally sustainable. FWOP will spend the next 12 months asking individuals, institutions, community organizations, foundations, religious organizations, international non-government organizations, corporations and government agencies to join the coalition to reduce global poverty.

FWOP will collect success stories from individuals in communities around the globe and share them through our website and other social media. This will help the global community to identify those common denominators that are identified by those who are reducing their life of poverty.

If you are involved with, or aware of, a program that we should review for inclusion in our global list of local success stories please send the following information to:

Contact person’s name:




Brief description of program:


From all us at FWOP, thank you.

Tom Benjamin

Executive Director of A Future Without Poverty, Inc.

Posted by Miguel Juanez On May - 21 - 2015 0 Comment

A Future Without Poverty, Inc (FWOP) is proud to announce that Ripley’s Gourmet Tortillas will soon begin making all natural tortillas, chips, spices, and salsas in the historic river town of Ripley, Ohio.  The highly anticipated community-focused business venture aims to show how FWOP’s 4 E’s model of community renewal (Enterprise, Education, Environment, and Empowerment) can be adapted anywhere to create jobs, promote education, improve the environment, and most importantly—empower the local community of Ripley.  To receive updates on the progress of this and other FWOP projects from around the globe, sign up for a free FWOP membership. Simply enter your email and click subscribe.

Posted by Miguel Juanez On May - 4 - 2015 0 Comment

Emily Medina, President of the University of North Texas (UNT) chapter of A Future Without Poverty (FWOP), and Stan Ingman, Vice President of the FWOP Board, attended a conference titled, “Education and Culture: Cross-Border Challenges and Opportunities” this past May 1st.  This conference is one of many initiatives made possible by an MOU signed back in 2001 between the university and Secretary of Education of Jalisco, Mexico.

Posted by Miguel Juanez On October - 31 - 2014 0 Comment


By Stan Ingman, PhD.


When we review the challenges we all face around the globe, we can identify at least three major issues to be addressed in the 21st Century: Poverty, Corruption and Sustainability. Some call for retreat into “gated” neighborhoods or national borders. With our dependence on energy and consumption of products to live from around the world, total isolation or independence is not likely to be a functional strategy for survival. It seems clear that few borders function very well. Witness how porous the USA/ Mexico, or the Africa/ Europe borders are to prevent immigration. Gated communities in Mexico and USA may reduce kidnapping and violent attacks of the elites, but elites do not like to avoid contact with the rest of the world and it is not a possible solution for 90% of the population.

As we see locally some upper class families from Mexico, Africa, Asia, Middle East, Russia, China, Central America and South America are moving to USA or Europe to protect their families and themselves. To avoid China, Mexico or other nations, you can buy your way into USA for some $50,000. Cities like Dallas send officials to various cities of Mexico attempting to attract Mexican citizens to come north as an economic development strategy for Dallas. Attracting foreigners to St Louis is a strategy to build up their economy. Chinese nationals have used 85% of the 10,667 visas under the US program. (Shyong, 2014 )

This essay attempts to argue that there are few short term solutions to reducing this poverty and corruption, which in turn, would reduce terrorism, violence and difficult migration across national borders. Most indexes seem to indicate an increase in the side effects of poverty and corruption around the world. The World Fact Book published by the Central Intelligence Agency reports that terrorism has been increasing every year since 2001. ( Huffington Post reports terrorism attacks have more than quadrupled since 2001.

Posted by Miguel Juanez On June - 10 - 2014 0 Comment

Located one hour east of Cincinnati is the Historic Village of Ripley, Ohio.  This village of 1,800 people was a major player in the Underground Railroad.  The homes of abolitionists Rev. John Rankin and John P. Parker are located close to the Ohio River which was the dividing line between freedom and slavery.  Eliza of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” fame crossed the Ohio River in Ripley on her way to freedom.

The  majestic view from atop one of the village landmarks.

The majestic view from atop the John Rankin House

Posted by Future Without Poverty On February - 22 - 2012 0 Comment

FWOP LogoFWOP Membership is free to anyone who believes that every person in the world has the right to have a life without poverty. As a result, we are launching our Global Electronic FWOP Network.

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