Posted by Miguel Juanez On June - 19 - 2016 0 Comment

Updates from India, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Uganda and Nicaragua

Our new affiliates and new FWOP Chapters are moving forward toward sustainability in many different ways.  ‘Creative interdependency’ may be a good moto for the link between FWOP and our network. Empowerment local initiative, Enterprise development, Education for youth, and Environmental clean-up and preservation  need to converge to promote sustainability  for children, widows, young women, trash pickers, elders, and the poorest among us.

Nasik, State of Maharashtra, India

A-WOW (www.awownow.org) is focused on girl and women empowerment in nine countries. Recently, the Founder and CEO  of AWOW, Carolyn Wright,  was in India opening up a store in Nasik to market quilts and other products produced by widows in rural areas of the State of Maharashtra.

 

AWOW also  conducts a Global Young Women Leader -Summit  for women 18 to 24 years old in Dallas on July  24th to August 4th.  One or more young women managing the store will attend.  Planning is moving forward to establish an on-line store to market the quilts as well as items from Mexico, Indonesia  and other locations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Indonesia – Trash Pickers Create New Business Options and Schools for Their Children

XSProject.org ( http://xsproject-usa.org/  )  based in Denton and in Jakarta.   There are some 450,000 trash pickers living in communities in a city of 13 million.  In addition to creating schools, they are working on clean water projects to improve their family health.  Solar Lamps from FWOP solar initiative will arrive in Jakarta in May to see how they may assist children to study in the evening. 

Below is a statement of XSProject ‘s Mission, and a photo of the school they have established for the children .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Above is photo of the water project XSProject has created by selling items created from trash.

Ivory Coast FWOP New Chapter on the Move!

Ms. Marie Coulibaly, President Ivory Coast FWOP, will soon travel home from Denton.  Her team received twenty solar lamps some months ago to establish a pilot project in the Capital of Ivory Coast , Abidjan and in a village in the western mountains of Ivory Coast .  Recently, they distributed four lamps in Abidjan to experiment and see how best to establish solar lamps enterprises.   Some NGOs have exploited people and trust in Abidjan is weak.  Marie’s team has a group of young women ready to move forward. The solar charger for cell phones may suit urban Abidjan better.   The four families who received lamps are becoming FWOP-solar lamp sales persons and promoters!

 

 

 

 

 

Photo of Family in Abidjan receiving a solar lamp from Ivory Coast FWOP team

Uganda FWOP

Some six months ago, the President of Uganda FWOP, Kabann Ishmaels distributed 40  lamps in western Uganda.  An affiliate of Uganda FWOP and FWOP, “ RUDEP” , in the Ntungamo District in western Uganda  supplied funds for  400 solar chargers to power up cell phones.  In April, these lamps will be handed out.

In 2012,  UNTFWOP students distributed solar lamps to four single mothers with children.

Single Mother in Uganda with five children  receiving a solar lamp in 2012

 

Nicaragua – Educational Center Goes Solar!   

Harvest Initiative  is a faith-based affiliate in Nicaragua focusing on education and community development.  Field personnel from HI provided design and installation services for Opportunity International’s upscale Pacaya Lodge and Spa.  The 20 kilowatt grid tied systems will provide energy for the 26 room eco lodge where students enrolled in sustainable tourism curriculum at the nearby Entrepreneurial High School will get hands-on experience in a working five star hotel.  Harvest Initiative is pleased to have been involved with this major effort in asset based community development. Long term, 10% of the profit from the lodge will be directed to sustain that Entrepreneurial School.

Recently their partner built an upscale Eco-Resort, 20 minutes from The Colonial Town of Granada .  Some 10% of the profits will benefit local projects that the Harvest Initiative support in education and in community development.

 

 

Education: The need for education in Nicaragua is overwhelming. 35% of all school age children are not in school. There are many reasons for this staggering reality.  To meet that need  Harvest  is dedicating a large amount of time and resources toward primary and secondary education.  The Christian schools founded and operated by their mission have grown from one school in 1999 with 15 children to three schools with a combined registration of 780 students.

Because the schools are located in very poor neighborhoods they are also centers of safety from violence and thus, the school is a place for the children to learn. Often the children come from very poor and even violent home situations.

At the San Benito school alone this year, two families with five of their students have had parents murdered,  leaving the children in the care of neighbors and grandparents.  In these critical situations the concerns of the staff at the school goes beyond education, and thus, the school attempts to provide food and medical assistance.

Community Development: Unemployment in Nicaragua is around 35%. This country abounds in resources but ignorance, greed, political division and lack of vision condemn a vast majority of Nicaraguan to subsistence living. In the cities this results in all the problems that drugs and gangs engender.

In the rural areas land disputes, alcoholism, and family strife bring misery to many. To address these realities,  Harvest undertakes community development projects to help communities organize to remove obstacles to the use of their own resources.  A community must become good stewards of what they have before they can wisely use help from outside.

One of the largest ongoing projects currently is the distribution of food under a program – Kids Against Hunger. Their team deliver 48,000 meals each month to 25 different ministries.  Local churches, schools, and feeding centers with Nicaraguan volunteers prepare and serve the food to an estimated 3200 of the neediest children and elderly.

Over the years they have completed 12 water projects benefiting over 3000 people in 10 communities.  Small business seed money is another development activity. This can be a loan of seeds and fertilizer to farmers or Valeria Lopez’s work in Managua with a ten member sewing cooperative. The cooperative pays decent wages to women, many of whom can no longer sew fast enough to meet the quotas demanded in the sweatshop factories that ring the capital.

Drawing on the strengths of their team, over the years they have worked also in bio-gas and wind energy, boat building, machinery importation.

Harvest is also working on the Atlantic Coast tribal area that covers to 19 communities along the Prinzapolka River Basin in Eastern Nicaragua . The area’s 22,000 inhabitants and  comprise Nicaragua’s poorest district.  The majority of the tribes-people live barely above a subsistence level.

Two special initiatives in the region need to be mentioned:  Cleft palate surgeries improving childrens lives! And Teaching computer skills for a better a life!

 

 

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Posted by Miguel Juanez On May - 27 - 2016 0 Comment

UNTFWOP CHAPTER: 2015-2016 ACADEMIC YEAR

SUMMARY OF MAJOR PROGRAMS AND PROGRESS

Solar Initiative

UNTFWOP in Denton took the lead to kick off the solar initiative in partnership with Ivory Coast FWOP Chapter. They raised funds to send the first twenty lamps to be sent to Ivory Coast.  There are two major locations initially: poor neighborhoods in Abidjan and a village in western rural mountains of Ivory Coast.

The President of Ivory Coast FWOP Chapter,  Apatio Marie-France Coulibaly, will visit Ivory Coast in June and take solar cell phone charger to Abidjan and explore how the market with respond to the more advanced model.  In April at the summit, a plan emerged to send 400 solar cell phone chargers to Ivory Coast in next 6 months.

In the village in western Ivory Coast there is an issue of water quality, so a new chlorination machine powered by a car battery will be introduced and evaluated.  Solar lamps with cell phone and tablet charging docks will also be introduced and evaluated on how they can be best incorporated into the community.

The solar lamps have begun to replace the use of kerosene lamps, and have improved the lives of people living in the Ivory Coast in many ways. There is now increased safety for women walking at night, less risk of health problems from breathing in kerosene fumes, a decreased risk of house fires, and reduced monthly spending for owners of solar lights due to the fact that they no longer need to purchase kerosene.

Sustainability and Poverty Reduction Pre-summit

UNTFWOP partnered with Masters in International Sustainable Tourism (MIST) Graduate students to host an international conference at UNT, April 21st to 23rd. The planning committee used the registration fees and outside support to fund the solar initiative. College of Public Affairs and Community Services and International Studies Program donated $400 to cover food and space rental.  Some $2000 was raised to support the solar initiative. Hillwood Communities, a Perot Company, at the Harvest Property south of Denton provided lunch to attendees on April 22nd.

Visitors and presenters representing Ohio, Virginia, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Costa Rica, Mexico, Indonesia, and India participated in Summit.

Initial plans for the International Summit in Costa Rica at the CATIE (http://www.catie.ac.cr/en/)   in 2017 were made.

Creating Partnership With MIST Graduate Students

The Sustainable Tourism graduate students spend their first year at UNT and second year at CATIE in Costa Rica.  Graduate students, after watching the UNTFWOP chapter operation, decided to support the undergraduate chapter and not create their own chapter of FWOP.  With MIST graduate students strong fund raising ability, this should help us in 2016-17.  In September we will meet the new MIST Graduate Students and attempt to forge a stronger partnership.

Fund Raising Innovation

During almost every week of the 2015-2016 academic year, the UNTFWOP chapter gave away popcorn to UNT students, faculty, and staff, while asking for donations for their projects and educating passersby about the mission and projects of the organization. These events on the Library Mall at UNT was a major success and innovation, thanks to UNTFWOP officer Jonathan Roosa.  Besides being a wonderful system to raise funds, it did two additional things. First, it was a great way to recruit new members. Second, it was a solid way to educate students on campus and expand awareness about FWOP chapter activities in USA and abroad.

UNTFWOP is planning on continuing this in the 2016-2017 academic year.

Clean Stove Initiative

In the barrio Tepehua in the city of Chapala, Mexico, many households are burning wood to cook on open fires in their homes.  Respiratory diseases is one result, as well as an increased risk of house fire.     UNTFWOP, working with Corazon de la Tierra in Mexico, decided to fund one or more clean stoves to improve the health of local family members. Based upon local fund raising, we plan to fund the first stove this summer.

Rekindling the Garden Project

With support from Home Depot this year, the chapter has launched a community garden at the Renaissance Courts Apartments, a low income housing project in southeast Denton.  Three raised beds were built and some plants were initially installed in spring of 2015, and replanting occurred in fall of 2015 and spring of 2016.  After some struggle, some residents are beginning to take ownership of the garden and take care of it on their own.

We also attempted to assist Bettye Myers Middle School (where UNTFWOP has previously established the GOALS program) to create a community garden at the school.  A teacher from the school was able to make a presentation at the conference.  We have some hope we can kick off the garden in the fall.

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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: tom@fwop.org

Contact person’s name:

Email:

Country:

Community:

Brief description of program:

 

From all us at FWOP, thank you.

Tom Benjamin

Executive Director of A Future Without Poverty, Inc.

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Posted by Miguel Juanez On January - 11 - 2015 0 Comment

Recently a team, Kathy Langley, Nichola Driver, Iftekhar Amin and Stan Ingman traveled to Guadalajara Mexico. With partners in Mexico, some significant poverty reduction programs were visited. In additions, we visited educational efforts that show students how sustainability planning can promote poverty reduction and some future plans emerged on the trip for future partnerships.

Our team visited CUM ( www.colegiounionmexico.com ) a K to 12 school in northwest Guadalajara. Families who send their children have incomes that range from $1000 to 2000 per month and pay under $180 per month for their children to attend CUM. We conducted a focus group with the parents to explore how they could develop their neighborhoods to support more sustainable living (socially, economically and environmentally). We made plans for a second community survey on needs and planning; the new survey will be sent out in 2015. Below was performance on October 31, 2014 for Day of the Dead on November 1st. All memorials for the Day of the Dead were done with recycled materials.

performance at campus!

performance at campus!

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

POVERTY, CORRUPTION AND SUSTAINABILITY: EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABILITY

By Stan Ingman, PhD.

Introduction

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. (www.indexmundi.com) Huffington Post reports terrorism attacks have more than quadrupled since 2001.

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Posted by Miguel Juanez On August - 29 - 2014 0 Comment

An indirect route to build more sustainable communities through schools, is the thesis or question. Two of our partner schools in Guadalajara, Mexico are working to address this issue and build better communities. (www.SuBire.mx and www.colegiounionmexico.com ) One of those schools is SuBire, who in the last few years has demonstrated to parents and students how to create an “energy efficient” school–or by implication– energy efficient homes and businesses.

Solar panels atop subire

In 2013, they installed one hundred 250 watt solar panels, furthermore they installed another 100 panels in 2014 over the school’s parking lot. They estimate that 25% of the $5,000 monthly bill will be covered by solar power and that the system should be paid off in five years.

Solar panels atop school

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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

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