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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Posted by Miguel Juanez On December - 3 - 2015 0 Comment

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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Posted by Miguel Juanez On May - 1 - 2015 0 Comment

Some thirty thousand retirees have settled on the north side of Lake Chapala, south of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.  They come from Europe, Canada, USA and it is claimed that their economic impact on the area is more important than all the agricultural production from Mexico City to Guadalajara.  As they attempt to design a meaningful retirement, many become community development activists in the surrounding municipalities of Lake Chapala, Ajijic and Jocotepec.  The Ajijic Rotary Club and related organizations come together to raise funds.  The Tepehua Centro, which is a barrio north of Chapala, is the focus of some significant development efforts.  A small team from the Denton Rotary club visited them in October and in April to assess what might be the next steps to support the effort in the Tepehua Centro.  Rotary Clubs in Denton, Arlington and Flower Mound provided $5000 for pharmacy supplies in April 2015.  Future Without Poverty (FWOP) students at the University of North Texas( UNT) chapter provided $500 to repair one house in the barrio in 2014.  

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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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