You personally may not be able to visit a developing country or community and directly serve, but you can play a vital role in supporting sustainable solutions which empower our fellow humans with a sense of knowledge and hope. My hands may be the ones to get dirty, but it is your generosity that will make this hope possible. I plan to do this work through the Foundation for Sustainable Development. My wish is that I can encourage you, the donor, through updates and information on how your help has made my small efforts possible. Here is a little snippet about the foundation:
FSD is a non-profit organization founded in 1995 to support underserved communities in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. We provide human and financial resources to more than 200 community-based organizations to build capacity and collaboratively implement solutions that address Microfinance, Health, Environment/Appropriate Technology, Youth and Education, Women’s Empowerment, Human Rights, and Community Development.
I plan to be using my creative skills in buildings and materials, the reuse of discarded materials and/or seemingly unconnected products to help with environmental preservation, sustainable agriculture, water purity and/or sustainable energy production. In all of the categories above, I have petitioned for and firmly believe that Environment/Appropriate Technology is the area of work that best fits these talents. To reiterate, I cannot do this work alone. I need your help and support, be it just a message of encouragement or a donation of some kind. Please help me in giving hope.
My Program Fee* Target:
You can spend your money on the above items, and in fact I have helped you by supplying a link for each, but you know how many more times your dollar will be multiplied when you give hope. I truly am grateful for any amount: be it $1 or $1000; one Frappuccino or one Rat Hot Rod’s worth.
*Included in the (program) fee is: a one-week orientation; family homestay with all meals provided; language lessons; development trainings and workshops; group sessions; final debriefing session; on-going in-country support from FSD site team and U.S. staff; $200 seed grant; eligibility for additional project funding up to $1000, medical evacuation and limited health insurance; and pick-up from the airport.
I have only ONE month to meet this target!
How you can help:
1. Select the PayPal Button Below.
2. You will be directed to a FSD donation page through PayPal.
3. Follow the PayPal instructions to donate.
(Please feel free to Donate any amount from $1 to $2740)
Rest assured: The funds you donate will not be deposited in my offshore account located in the Bahamas. This money goes straight to the cause. See below to learn about the Foundation for Sustainable Development.
From the FSD website:
The problem (with poverty and hunger in the world) is not a lack of resources. Simply, the resources are not getting into the hands of the local people who know how to use them best. In other words, the most critical issue with international development is getting the right resources to where they are needed most and ensuring that those resources are being integrated in a sustainable manner. Underserved communities must have a voice, invested interest, and ownership in the development of their land, economy, education, rights, and values. Through listening to their needs, empowering their belief in change, and working beside them to implement practical solutions, real progress can be made that does not result in donor reliance or further disempowerment. Cultivating a thorough understanding of the complex realities “on the ground” is the key to empowerment and collective action.
With a humble understanding of these challenges, the Foundation for Sustainable Development was created in 1995 to provide capacity building, funding, and human resources to over 200 grassroots, community-based organizations throughout Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Collaboratively, FSD and our partner organizations implement solutions that improve social, environmental, educational, and economic conditions at the community level. Our mission is to overcome the effects of poverty by empowering underserved communities and their citizens to be agents of their own sustainable change and growth.
It is the communities and the individuals themselves that hold the key to growth. Anything short of this realization is imperialistic and/or patronizing. We are not here to save or rescue people from poverty. The role of FSD, our donors, volunteers, and interns is to engender hope, demonstrate the benefits of change, encourage and activate local leadership, and facilitate the application of resources that result in sustainable solutions.
Despite the tourism trade, two-thirds of the region’s population falls below the poverty line and has minimal access to resources.
On top of the everyday battle with poverty, Kenya has taken a step backwards with its rioting, ethnic cleansing and political strife over the last year. Even though the country is peaceful due to a power sharing agreement between its two rival leaders one year ago, there is much damage to repair. Listen to this story aired on NPR’s Morning Edition Jan 26 2009 to understand the current state of many Kenyans.
As for my trip details, I do not know what community I will be in, what specific community-based organization I will be working with or what project I will even work on, but I should know in the near future when I receive the final approval letter. It is a fairly long story to explain why all of the above is true. Check out “The Short and Long of it” post for all the gory details.