Our Strategy to Help:
Here’s how it works: We select five locations in a single location that are no further than 50 kilometers from each other.
On a map, we make a circle or star to help choose a sixth, central location. We call the five initial locations “satellite locations,” and we call the central location “the heart.” The satellite locations connect with the other locations, and they all connect to the heart.
The satellite locations all receive the help necessary to gain access to potable water, achieve food autonomy through cultivation, and gain all the tools needed to build houses and toilets for refugees.
The heart serves as the center of the satellite locations, and will have infrastructure that can be used as a headquarters, hospital, schools and accommodations for volunteers. It will also serve as the distribution center for solar- and wind-generated electricity.
This layout gives us the ability for any satellite village to be autonomous, while at the same time allowing to access support if needed from the heart.
Each satellite location has the right to ask the satellite locations for help – and each satellite location has the obligation to help any other satellite location in the event it needs water, food, or any other help. This allows each satellite to be independent while still feeling like it’s part of a community. It also gives each satellite a chance to tap into its competitive spirit, encouraging it to produce more resources.
Satellites will be courage to differentiate their crops to take different climates and land types into account. Each location will be courage to produce enough so that excess amounts can be exchanged with other locations, strengthening the relationships between them. It will encourage the exchange of ideas between locations and help the populations of each location diversify its diet for the health of all its residents.
Transforming lives is expensive, and although we try to do as much as we can with sweat equity, there are inevitable costs that go into making our vision of sustainable African communities a reality.
Here are some of the costs we incur while enacting our vision of lifting African communities out of poverty “average costs”:
- Well – $5.000 – We will drill wells at each of the village sites, as well as the central Heart location, to ensure the availability of clean, potable water.
- Solar Panel and Windmill – $6.000 – We will install solar panels or windmills in the central Heart to provide electricity for all of our locations.
- Transportation – $50 to $2.800 – We will provide bicycles, trucks, and motorcycles to help connect each of our locations to each other, fostering a spirit of cooperation.
- Building a House “Basic Equipment/Tools/Materials” – $12.000 – We will empower the residents of our communities to build their own homes, but we cover the cost of materials used to build the homes. We also build community facilities such as hospitals and schools.