Funding Request for:
- Two roundtrip tickets from West Africa for two organic, veganic farming teachers in training = $6,000
- Immediate repair of 8 well water pumps to provide potable water to the Jasikan District in Ghana = $1,000
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The Tree of Life Foundation, a 501c3 not-for-profit religious organization, in conjunction with PPEP, has projects for the prevention and healing of diabetes and bringing people all over the world into a plant-based diet. In particular we have programs in West Africa, and this request for funding is about our programs in West Africa. We have a NGO called WARES (West African Rural Empowerment Society) to which I have been elected vice president. Dr. John Arnold, of PPEP, is the secretary treasurer.
The project is focused on food, water, and diabetes prevention and education. About 20 years ago in the Jasikon District, a district of 38 villages that we serve primarily located in Ghana’s rainforest, 28 manual pumps were installed in these villages. However, these pumps were not properly maintained and now none of them work, which means that people are forced to get water from the river. With growing concerns about Ebola and other communicable diseases, the river is not a safe source of potable water free from bodily discharge. We need to fix these pumps as soon as possible.
In analyzing the situation and working with the water mechanic from the area it appears that all the pumps have the same problems, namely that specific parts have broken. Our plan is to start with the 8 pumps in the immediate region we are serving (including Old Baika, New Baika, Ayoma, and Tetema). This is the region where our work is most imminently happening. We have a paid, trained health worker there to do the diabetes education and prevention work. Our goal is to have clean water for the area so that people are not drinking from the polluted river. We believe this could happen quickly with the proper funding. This amounts to $1,000 USD for the 8 pumps to be repaired.
Additionally, our focus is to bring organic, veganic farming to the regions we are serving, namely Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana, and Ethiopia. We have set up a 3-month organic, veganic farming training program at Tree of Life Foundation international headquarters in Patagonia, Arizona. This program allows us to train people to go back and teach others in these countries in Africa of how to do organic farming. We have selected 2 people to who are already highly skilled who are running their own farms who have already proven themselves in their commitment to our work. One of these is an agronomist, who runs our program in Ghana. The other is an organic farmer in Cameroon, who helps with our program there. What we simply need is to purchase their roundtrip tickets, which is approximately $3,000 each depending on the actual time of year they come. The Tree of Life Foundation will cover all their expenses working and studying on our organic, veganic farm. Our request is for funds to purchase two $3,000 roundtrip tickets for these gentlemen to come train with us on our farm and then return to teach farmers in Ghana and Cameroon. This brings our total request to $7,000, which is moderate but needed for us to take this next step to bring healthy food and clean water to these areas. These are the fundamentals that can ultimately eliminate infectious disease. I thank you for responding as quickly as possible to this request and bless you in advance for helping us to meet this modest requirement as we step forward with our overall program development.
You may make checks payable to Tree of Life Foundation, a 501c3 not-for-profit religious organization.
Rabbi Gabriel Cousens, MD
Director Tree of Life Foundation
Vice President of WARES