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 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 | sam.plaster@health.mo.gov | MC5 | 3418 Knipp Drive PO Box 570 | Jefferson City, MO 65102

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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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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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