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We at FWOP are building solid and important partnerships between AWOW, Rotary International, CATIE Institute, and Southwest Airlines. This past October, FWOP held a Summit at CATIE in Costa Rica and a video was created which can be viewed on FWOP’s You Tube channel.

Recently, the NT Daily of the University of North Texas wrote an excellent article on the summit. You can read it here: http://ntdaily.com/unt-future-without-poverty-members-learn-about-ecotourism-at-world-summit-in-costa-rica/

The FWOP delegation was being trained in the town of Mollejones to be folkloric dancers

 

The pictures  was taken on our visit to Mollejones Community where CATIE assists locals in establishing viable rural sustainable tourism and connect them to a growing registry of important cultural sites. Our students and volunteers were asked to join into the spirit of the event. The picture was taken after a successful “interpretation” of a folkloric dance with the local children that erupted in laughter and smiles from everyone.

Picking peppers as part of the sustainable gardening in Mollejones

It was a long time in the making but this family finally secured the funding to build a greenhouse through cultural tourism backed funding.

Cultural tourism is where you visit a community with a goal of learning about the people.

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They loved having us, and we loved visiting.

AWOW and the Lewisville Rotary Morning Club in Texas ( with FWOP and SWA support) created a pre-summit  and  a Dental out-reach project in Barrio in San Jose. The focus was preventive dentistry.

As a result of the Summit,  a Technology Training Center was established at the Sustainable House on the grounds of CATIE ,  a plan to secure funding for expanding the existing rural sustainable tourism network that consists now of four communities and finally, initial plans were made for the next Summit to be held in Nashville, Tennessee.   Various field schools from various universities and high schools are planned to go to CATIE to reinforce our initial steps to reduce poverty and expand sustainable business development.

The picture above shows a small air monitoring device developed by UNT and it is being powered by the Solar Shelter Kit system. I will be on display into the Technology Training Center.

At the Summit FWOP formally announced a new initiative – BUY ART FIGHT POVERTY — to assist artists and raise funds to support  to expand initiatives related to solar lamps for education, clean stoves to reduce pollution, and clean water across the global.   Take  a look at www.buyartfightpoverty.org and send us artists of all ages to the website.

FWOP Nashville had visit from film team recently from Southwest Airlines . Focus was the upcycling of used leather from the seats changed out for airplanes. Veteran jobs are being created in Nashville and St Louis. Some leather has been integrated into activity programs in assisted living facilities.  The FWOP and afflitiates have managed to clean out tons leather used seats from the SWA warehouse in Dallas.

Here, the team discusses viable options for FWOP and how we can take our organization and partnerships to the next stage.

On the final morning we met to map our plans for Costa Rica , Nashville and beyond. More information to come.

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Posted by Miguel Juanez On February - 28 - 2017 0 Comment

Get ready for another opportunity to attend FWOP’s meeting of the minds at our summit in  Costa Rica at CATIE October 4th – 6th

If you’d like to present what your organization is doing to fight poverty, please email Dr. Stan Ingman here with details about your presentation. Drop us a note of your ideas. More detail coming soon on our FWOP Facebook

Arbor Health, St Louis

Arbor Health had a visit from the Priory of St. Louis Veterans Group, who prepared a holiday meal for the residents of Arbor Health. The Arbor Health Foundation, a non-profit, has moved its assets to new organization, entitled Arise Veteran Foundation, so that their work can expand to encompass the broader community of veterans

Recently, FWOP started working with Southwest Airlines to recycle leather seats.  This partnership has helped to create new employment options and craft projects for the residents of Arbor Health. Always Green Recycling based in St. Louis has stepped up to join FWOP to employ residents of Arbor Health (http://www.recyclingcenterstlouis.com/). Three veterans are being trained to be locksmiths (http://www.locksmithofstlouis.com/) and one resident now has a new position as a locksmith.

Zach (MA -Chicago Art Institute) is assisting veterans at Arbor Health to do art work and Yameng (UNT-MS in Applied Gerontology) is expanding menu options and assisting with management. Zach is helping veterans create various products from the used Southwest Airline leather.

In the picture to the right, Zach and his veteran clients at Arbor Health Fund held their first art exhibit.  The leaded and beveled windows that were donated (recycled glass) to the facility and turned into painted stain glass creations.

AWOWNOW, Ghana

AWOWNOW has a school for girls in northeast Ghana. The girls are producing many items such as shoes, bags, dresses, etc. to be sold sustainably in markets. To learn more about this initiative, visit www.awownow.org

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

Southwest Airlines and FWOP Cooperate : Recycling to expand human development

Thanks to Southwest Airlines, our first effort is focused on recycling the old leather seats of airplanes. Some dozen sites in Texas, Missouri and Virginia are exploring how the discarded leather can be used  and “upcycled”, that is, create new uses for the leather.

A middle school in Dallas, the Advanced Technical Center in Denton, the UNT Fiber Collective, an arts program in Dallas, a private women’s bag company in Dallas, a 4 H Center in Virginia, and finally, Arbor Health rehabilitation with many veterans in St. Louis have so far agreed to cooperate.

Arbor Health with its strong art therapy focus and the garden program in partnership with Home Depot and Monsanto has been working with glass, murals, leather and metal to create products designed  by veterans and others. Printing 4 Vets is  a small business created to provide some jobs for residents at Arbor Health.  Recently the residents  started  to create wallets out of leather. As you can imagine, they were very excited to receive used leather from Southwest Airlines.

A retired Marine has joined Arbor Health team to expand the initial initiative. He is the founder of Always Green Recycling whose goal is to hire residents, help them gain independence, and hold down a job.  He has agreed to store the leather seats and recycle the foam and other bi-products from the seats — approximately 26 pallets of leather– once they are shipped to St. Louis later this month (October).

Always Green

Their plan is to break the seats down into workable pieces, then distribute them to other FWOP affiliates,  keeping  some for their artwork,  and using some for re-purposed leather goods that can be sold.

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Posted by Miguel Juanez On September - 29 - 2016 0 Comment

Frisco, Texas —   FWOP Associate and RecruiterGreat job, Mr. Marsh! , John Marsh works at McDonald’s recruits FWOP affiliates and members in Texas and in our region. He recently received an Award for his outstanding work at McDonald’s in Frisco. Mr. Marsh is considered a role model for his focus on quality, service and cleanliness, the company noted in a news release. “John works the drive-thru and has a smile and a kind word for everyone.”

Great job! John, thank you for doing such an excellent service in representing FWOP and McDonald’s well. Keep it up!

Uganda FWOP

Some four years ago four solar lamps were overview-of-fwop-network-1distributed to four single mothers or grandmothers with children to open the door to Uganda. In 2014, Ishmaels Kabann Kahanaukye, founder of Uganda FWOP Chapter,  distributed 40 solar lamps in western Uganda  to senior citizens. Recently 400 solar lamps were distributed by FWOP Uganda. Picture below shows how difficult it was to visit the remote villages in western Uganda near the Rwanda and Tanzania border.

Here is the Presidentoverview-of-fwop-network-3 of Uganda FWOP (Ishmaels Kabann Kabanaukye) wearing a blue jacket. He was providing an explanation of how the lamps operate, how students can save money, energy, how they be able to do their homework, and how they do less harm to the planet by avoiding kerosene, a bio-carbon source of energy.

Jakarta , Indonesia

In Jakarta, XSProject, with support from the UNT FWOP affiliateoverview-of-fwop-network-4distributed  21 portable solar lamps to the middle and high school students living at the Cirendeu trash picker community. XSProject is  currently raising funds for a second order of 55 more solar lamps to distribute to the elementary school students. The students not only use their lamps for studying, but also for safety when they are walking home in the dark.  If you would like to donate to this project you can do so by clicking here

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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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Future Without Poverty’s (FWOP) 2016 Conference on Reducing Global Poverty Through

Grassroots Sustainable Actions will be held at the campus of the University of North

Texas in Denton April 21 -23.

 

This conference is being designed to bring together local

entrepreneurs that will share their successes and vision for a future without poverty

based on local business models that are economically and environmentally sustainable.

FWOP expects participation from its global network of 50 affiliates representing 25

countries through the use of skype conferencing for those unable to attend in person.

FWOP anticipates representatives from over 10 countries to be at the conference.

The objective of the conference is to exchange ideas, projects and to expand our

growing global network for a future without poverty. This is a hands-on-working

conference that will help plan for future projects for FWOP and to set the agenda for the

2017 Summit of the Global Coalition for a Future Without Poverty to be held in Costa

Rica.

 

At the conference FWOP will be unveiling its campaign to establish solar cooperatives

as part of its Solar KO Poverty project. This project already has interest from affiliates in

6 countries to pilot the project in its first stage. The goal is to distribute 1,000,000 solar

lights by 2019. FWOP affiliates from Africa, North America, South America, Europe and

Asia will be sharing their inspiring stories about education, micro businesses, water,

agriculture and energy projects that are already working or a part of their vision for a

future without poverty.

 

A Future Without Poverty is a volunteer run organization with no paid staff or

consultants. All the work we have done and are planning to do is done through financial

and in kind donations made by our volunteers and donors. We are asking individuals,

corporations and organizations to consider being sponsors of this conference and future

projects of FWOP. FWOP is presenting a unique approach to becoming a FWOP 2016

Sponsor that we hope will encourage you to step forward to help those in poverty to

have a future without poverty. FWOP is not setting a minimum donation on becoming a

sponsor of a future without poverty. We are leaving the amount up to each of you to

give what you can. Sponsors will be listed in alphabetical order in conference

publications and on our website without consideration in how much they give unless

they choose to remain anonymous.

 

If you wish to attend and/or are interested in being a financial sponsor of FWOP–

especially this conference, please register or make a donation by going to

http://www.untfwop.org/ and using our convenient donor button. Conference

Registration are $10 per student and $20 others. Also, we will have a Friday special trip

with lunch to Harvest Community. Cost of ride to Harvest: $10. Lunch: Free. If you wish

to go on the trip, you must register ahead of time. http://www.harvestlivesmart.com/.

All registrations and sponsorships will go to support the solar cooperative initiative.

Keynote speakers: Dr. Eliecer Vargas, CATIE, Costa Rica and Steve Saunders, CEO,

Texenergy Solutions.

 

Panels on: Environment, Enterprise, Education, and

Empowerment related to sustainability and poverty reduction. Workshops on: creation of

solar cooperatives and an international center for testing and training of micro

technologies for sustainable poverty reduction.

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Posted by Miguel Juanez On March - 6 - 2016 0 Comment

Future Without Poverty’s (FWOP) 2016 Conference on Reducing Global Poverty Through Grassroots Sustainable Actions will be held at the campus of the University of North Texas in Denton April 21 -23. This conference is being designed to bring together local entrepreneurs that will share their successes and vision for a future without poverty based on local business models that are economically and environmentally sustainable. FWOP expects participation from its global network of 50 affiliates representing 25 countries through the use of skype conferencing for those unable to attend in person. FWOP anticipates representatives from over 10 countries to be at the conference.

The objective of the conference is to exchange ideas, projects and to expand our growing global network for a future without poverty. This is a hands on working conference that will help plan for future projects for FWOP and to set the agenda for the 2017 Summit of the Global Coalition for a Future Without Poverty to be held in Costa Rica. We are currently accepting ideas from potential presenters and will finalize the agenda by March 1. If you are interested in being a presenter or know of someone who would be interested have them send an e-mail to tom@fwop.org.

At the conference FWOP will be unveiling its campaign to establish solar cooperatives as part of its Solar KO Poverty project. This project already has interest from affiliates in 6 countries to pilot the project in its first stage. The goal is to distribute 1,000,000 solar lights by 2019. FWOP affiliates from Africa, North America, South America, Europe and Asia will be sharing their inspiring stories about education, micro businesses, water, agriculture and energy projects that are already working or a part of their vision for a future without poverty.

A Future Without Poverty is a volunteer run organization with no paid staff or consultants. All the work we have done and are planning to do is done through financial and in kind donations made by our volunteers and donors. We are asking individuals, corporations and organizations to consider being sponsors of this conference and future projects of FWOP. FWOP is presenting a unique approach to becoming a FWOP 2016 Sponsor that we hope will encourage you to step forward to help those in poverty to have a future without poverty. FWOP is not setting a minimum donation on becoming a sponsor of a future without poverty. We are leaving the amount up to each of you to give what you can. Sponsors will be listed in alphabetical order in conference publications and on our website without consideration in how much they give unless they choose to remain anonymous.

If you are interested in being a financial sponsor of FWOP and especially this conference please contact tom@fwop.org or go to http://www.futurewithoutpoverty.org/ and make a donation using our convenient donor button. Together we can make a difference one person, one family, one community at a time.

Sometimes FWOP is asked how does the work you do make any real difference. They remind us the poor will always be with us and why do we bother. Well our answer is simple no we will never get rid of poverty for everyone but for the one we do help their life and those they touch will be changed forever. This is your opportunity to help change one or more lives for a lifetime. Please become a sponsor today. http://www.futurewithoutpoverty.org/

Registration is $10 for students and $20 for others. All registrations and sponsorships will go to support the solar cooperative initiative.  Keynote speaker: Dr. Eliecer Vargas, CATIE , Costa Rica and Steve Saunders, CEO, Texenergy Solutions.   Panels on Environment, Enterprise, Education, and Empowerment  related to sustainability and poverty reduction.  Workshops on creation of solar cooperatives and an international center for testing and training of micro technologies for sustainable poverty reduction.

Hosts: Masters in International Sustainable Tourism (MIST) and  UNT- Future Without Poverty Student Chapter.

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UNT Student Chapter Page

International FWOP Official Page 

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Nigeria

Amanda Sunny, MPH,  Director, Exquisite Water, Inc. and Whitney Carr, Vice President of UNT FWOP Chapter and on the advisory board of Exquisite Water, Inc. recently returned from water testing in three villages in the State of Anambra, Nigeria. Two water treatment systems were also tested Rorus and Cascade Designs. They are going back to more testing in dry season and begin to implement an intervention in one village.  They have a fundraiser on crowdrise for their organization. Link to fundraiser: www.crowdrise.com/exquisitewater

Mexico – GuadalajaraColegio Union Mexico, affiliate of FWOP

In October twenty-eight students from Colegio Union Mexico (K- 12)  in Guadalajara arrived in Denton for a week at Camp Compass. Program included field trips in museums in Dallas and Fort Worth, a tour of zero net energy lab house at UNT, afternoon on organic dyeing of fabric, and an afternoon on recycling, waste water treatment, and methane gas for electricity at Denton Water-Recycling-Solid Waste complexes. Rotary and FWOP members had great dinner with these working class middle and high school students one evening while they were in town. We believe the students at CUM may start a solar cooperative at their school.

To see the visit to Bettye Myers Middle school in Denton, click here: www.realmyersfc.wix.com/titans#!cum-visit/c1syt They visited class rooms and attended the soccer practice of a special program designed to reduce dropout rates from schools in Denton ISD. The program is entitled GOAL, it mixes soccer with mentoring and community service.

Ivory Coastivory Coast and UNT FWOP Teams

UNT FWOP and Ivory Coast FWOP hosted its first benefit dinner to support the establishment of two  solar lamp cooperatives in Ivory Coast in December.  One location is in the western mountain village and another will be in Abidjan, the Capital.

 

St Louis, MOAnthem USA Empowering the HomelessArbor Health Management

Anthem USA took over some six months ago Arbor Health for  veterans with mental  health and addiction challenges.  On Veteran’s Day they decided to look for homeless veterans and by weeks end two new veterans were moved into Arbor Health and take off the streets of St Louis.

Mexico – TepheuaTepehua's OB/GYN ClinicOB/Gyn Mobile Clinic

The Tepehua Centro in Chapala (operated by retirees and volunteers from barrio and region) is completing the OB/GYN clinic at the Centro soon  and they have a new van for their OB/GYN mobile clinic program that goes to other poor barrio near Chapala around Lake Chapala  area, southeast of Guadalajara. (www.tepehua.org)

Costa Rica

UNT FWOP and FWOP leadership met with the Co-Directors of Sustainable Tourism (Dr. Dan Spears and Eliecer Vargas)  and the newly formed FWOP Graduate Student Chapter officers. We discussed their goals in Texas and in Costa Rica. We also began to explore if we may hold the 2017 Summit at university in Cartago, Costa Rica (Solutions for Environment and Development – CATIE – www.catie.ac.cr). We will keep you posted.

Ugandan FWOP MembersUganda

The newly formed Uganda FWOP chapter recently passed out some 40 solar lamps to senior citizens in western Uganda. FWOP will work with this Uganda FWOP Chapter and CHC Foundation Limited to establish a solar cooperative in the coming months. Ishmaels Kabanukye, Chair of  Uganda FWOP Chapter is initially strongly focused  on poverty among elders in Uganda .   In the 16th of October,  he was elected as Chairman of Uganda Association of Gerontology and Geriatric Association. See photo above. This will provide a good foundation for FWOP to expand its impact in Uganda.

More details on our partnerships on the next round!

-Miguel Juanez

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Posted by Miguel Juanez On October - 10 - 2015 0 Comment

Professor Isidor Wallimann, a member of FWOP Board, along with his team is promoting a movement to grow food locally in Basel, Switzerland. Can this movement solve famine and food insecurity in our world?

According to the World Food Programme, a vast majority of the world’s hungry people live in developing countries, where 12.9 percent of the population is undernourished. As a result of data such as this, problem, most experts do not think so. However, movement leaders in Basel, Riple, OH and in Denton, TX see many positive outcomes of this focus on local production and have undertaken the task to show how it can be done. Over 5000 gardens are in Basel and managed by the city. Urban Agriculture Network –Basel, works with some 2000 gardens to promote a more collective approach in Basel.

Denton City Council under their Sustainability Denton Initiative recently received a grant for $77,000 from US Department of Agriculture to support and expand the Denton Community Market. There is also plan to expand the volunteered-operated garden at the Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center. In the first half of 2015, this garden donated more than 150 pounds of harvest to the community. In addition to plots that the city rents-out to residents, there are three major farms in Denton: Earthwise, Shiloh and Cardo.

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