Posted by Miguel Juanez On December - 5 - 2017 0 Comment

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.

“Values”

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

1487784_392745900856552_956508666_oWe are extremely grateful and happy to welcome Helphen, India to our team of affiliates combating poverty and sharing the vision of a future without poverty.

Helphen India which was officially recognized as a Society under Societies Registration Act of 1860, India on 26 March, 2015 was actually incepted in January 2013 when a team of like-minded freshmen from Vellore Institute of Technology started contemplating the society of Vellore. Like most other semi-towns of Tamil Nadu, Vellore was home to poverty, unemployment, inadequate infrastructure and lack of education facilities.

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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.

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THE IDEA

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.

CURRENT WORK DESCRIPTION

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.

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PATIENT REPORT

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.

RESIDENTS REACTION

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.

CONCLUSION

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.

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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.

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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.

As a member, you will receive a monthly newsletter and updates highlighting the ways you can get involved and what other members are doing to make their communities resilient. Both locally and around the world.

There are no dues or fees to join. However, if you can afford to make a donation of any amount, it will help cover the expense of creating this network.

To make a donation, click on the Donate Button on the right sidebar.

 

Join A Future Without Poverty Today!

Are you a part of those that feel it is time to take a stand against hunger, homelessness and the ravages of modern day poverty? By signing up to join our Global Electronic FWOP Network you are telling the world leaders that we need an end to the suffering caused by the uneven distribution of the global resources.

 

Stay tuned for our 2017 Summit of the Global Coalition.

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Posted by Future Without Poverty On November - 9 - 2011 0 Comment

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 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.

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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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