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 April - 20 - 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.

 

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 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 May - 4 - 2015 0 Comment

Emily Medina, President of the University of North Texas (UNT) chapter of A Future Without Poverty (FWOP), and Stan Ingman, Vice President of the FWOP Board, attended a conference titled, “Education and Culture: Cross-Border Challenges and Opportunities” this past May 1st.  This conference is one of many initiatives made possible by an MOU signed back in 2001 between the university and Secretary of Education of Jalisco, Mexico.

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Posted by Miguel Juanez On January - 14 - 2015 0 Comment

Our friends at the University of North Texas, via Prof. Dr. Stan Ingman, have allowed us to post their forum schedule happening January 14 – 16, 2015 at the University of North Texas. Email us at fwop@fwop.org if you have any questions about the program and write “UNT International forum 2015” in the subject line.

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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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