2016 Projects

Bringing water to the Dadeldhura Eye Hospital and village of Karigau in western Nepal!

Bringing water to the Dadeldhura Eye Hospital and village of Karigau in western Nepal!

$3,900 to purchase and install an additional 4,000 meters of piping to provide water for the Dadeldhura Eye Hospital and village of Karigau in western Nepal.   The piping has been successfully installed to the village so that the villagers now have water to drink and utilize in their daily lives.   FFI is currently seeking additional funding so that water can be delivered to the eye clinic.

$3,000 to Mujer U’wa who work with the U’wa in their fight for human rights and environmental stewardship of their native lands in Columbia.  After a tremendous victory in 2015 whereby Ecopetrol abandoned the Magallanes gas exploration block, the U’wa require additional funding to continue existing legal cases to protect U’wa lands.  FFI’s funding will go to help the U’wa oppose other gas exploration wells, mining concessions and pipelines on their land.  FFI facilitated a 2013 law internship for the current legal advisor to ASOUWA, the U’wa governing council. The internship blossomed into a key partnership between the U’wa and Earth Rights International, which led to the reactivation of a case at the Interamerican Human Rights Commission.

$2,500 to Aisha Rising to assist women in the red light district of Kolkata, India who are no longer involved in prostitution.  This unique project seeks to interrupt the cycle of exploitation by providing older women, many who have suffered prolonged illness and trauma with alternate pathways for sustaining themselves.  Funds will initially be used to help create a permanent home for these women (a five-year lease on a home for 6-7 women is already in place), procure food, medical check-ups counseling, attend literacy classes and eventually find employment.  Funds will help establish a kitchen area to allow the women to cook aloo/puri and later sell to women in other organizations.

 $2,500 to Planting Justice to Expand the Meditation Garden at Mr. Grace’s Special Day Class at McClymonds High School in Oakland, CA.    FFI hooked up with Planting Justice, an amazing organization that continues to make its imprint in urban areas around the Bay and beyond.  Funds were provided to enlarge the vegetable garden at this inner city school and work with special education students teaching gardening skills and good nutrition. See photos here.

$2,000 to The Borneo Project for a training program on community-managed renewable energy systems for the villages in Sarawak on the island of Borneo.   Fresh off a monumental victory in working with local villages to defeat the Baram Dam project, The Borneo Project is now embarking on a three-month training program to strengthen community organizing and provide technical assistance to implement solar and micro-hydro projects in the communities of Baram.

$530 to school children in Sapa, Vietnam.  The funds were used to purchase warm jackets and blankets, especially for young students who live far from their homes in the mountains who often sleep at the school due to far distances from their homes.

2015 Projects

Pro Public Legal Victory – Nepal Supreme Court Stops Marble Factory. Many years back, FFI funded a legal case filed by Pro Public to set aside the Nepali government’s approval of the controversial Godawari Marble Factory.  In response to a Petition filed by Pro Public in 2001, in April, 2015, the Nepal Supreme Court finally directed the government to shut down the factory, holding that the quarrying and extraction activities caused adverse impacts on the local environment and threatened the existence of globally important flora and fauna.  These include 330 types of butterflies, 254 types of birds, 80 types of trees and 571 types of fruits.   This case represents a tremendous victory for Pro Public after many years of contested litigation. See: Republica April 27, 2015 news article.

Jacmel Children’s Center, Haiti – Solar Installation Completed:  Several years ago, FFI held a benefit at the Freight & Salvage for this project.  FFI is now proud to announce that the solar installation is complete.  There are now 18 children living at the Jacmel Children’s Center.  See www.jacmelchildren.org

$6,650 to provide Drinking Water for the Dadeldhura Eye Hospital and Karigau Village in far western Nepal.   Water resources are scare in this region and villagers have in the past had to walk outside the village to find water sources. The village has about 70 families with a population of 370 and the population in the region is growing.   The recently constructed eye hospital has 20 beds with one-two Ophthalmologists to provide eye care services for the village and surrounding region.  The hospital will provide needed eye care to combat blindness and reduce visual impairment through preventive and curative eye care programs.

Several years ago, a source of drinking water was identified 8 km from the village.  The goal of this project is to provide accessible drinking water and sanitation for the village and hospital.  As of 9/27/15, 4,000 meters of piping had been purchased and installed with need for 3,000 additional meters.  The cost of the project is shared between FFI, villagers and the Dadeldhura Eye Hospital.  Additional funding is needed to finish this project.

$600 for the Beninese Water Tower Project:  This project involves the pumping of water from a river to a water tower for a drip irrigation system for a community garden in the village of Govi in Benin, West Africa.  FFI’s funding was used for the purchase of metal piping and construction costs associated with the creation of a support structure for the water tower as well as transport of the material to the project site.  The drip irrigation system is being used to grow okra, tomatoes, local greens, hot peppers and corn.  Within a short period of time after the system became operational, the villagers were already earning income from the sale of the local greens and okra.

$2,000 to Tanzsolar to install solar electric lighting systems at rural health clinics in Tanzania:    Tanzania has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world.  Approximately 85% of the country’s 45 million people live in rural areas without access to electricity.  In health facilities without electricity, health workers work in near darkness and the provision of skilled care at night is nearly impossible.  Health workers struggle by kerosene lanterns, cell phone lights, or candles to conduct life-saving procedures.   FFI’s funding was used to install solar powered lights at several health clinics to address this deficiency.

$3,000 to Mujer U’wa for general support and legal activities in Colombia:   The U’wa continue to fight for their human rights and environmental stewardship of their native lands and FFI continues to help.   2015 funding was used to file a legal case to nullify the environmental license granted to Ecopetrol to begin oil exploration of the Magallanes block on U’wa territory.   A documentary made with UCSC students on the U’wa.  Presentations regarding activities impacting the U’wa people were made to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.   FFI funds were used for a  Mujer U’wa Board member therapist to conduct trauma workshops and therapy for U’wa women.

In February, 2015 Amazon Watch issued the following press release:  “The U’wa people would like to inform national and international public opinion that the Magallanes gas exploration block has been completely dismantled.  Ecopetrol has removed all the machinery that had been found there in a demonstration of respect for our rights as an indigenous people.”

$3,000 to Global Student Embassy (“GSE”) Project, Nicaragua:  In Chacraseca, Nicaragua, GSE has had past success building strong collaborative relationships with schools, cultivating student and parent leaders, and creating the fencing, irrigation and greenhouse infrastructure to grow bountiful organic gardens in formerly severely degraded soils.  GSE partners with complementary organizations to lead  comprehensive training programs that will build capacity among Nicaraguan families to become experts in sustainable agriculture methods and harvest food for their families.  FFI’s funding helped support the growth of eco-education programs at four Chacraseca schools in Nicagarua.  FFI’s support trained teachers in the region and created an ecologically integrated curriculum.  Funds directly supported the development and printing of essential training materials, as well as funded the implementation of new trainings.  Supplies were purchased for gardens, including fencing, tools and grey water catchment infrastructure.

$2,000 to Mama Hope for a greenhouse project in Kisumu, Kenya:  The funds from FFI were used to construct a new large greenhouse to grow organically grown tomatoes.  The tomatoes to be produced will supply part of the food for the Kisumu Children’s Rescue Center, an orphanage for vulnerable children, with the remainder sold in the community at local markets and given to women who participate in the planting and harvests.  There are currently 26 children at the Rescue Center who are victims of HUV/AIDS, neglect, abuse poverty and hunger.  They are provided with in-house food, shelter, clothing, health care, specialized education, psychosocial support and skills training.

Chewele Water Distribution Project:  FFI  funds were used in 2015 to construct septic tanks and toilets at the Chwele Community Center in Kenya.  Funds to deliver water to the village will proceed in 2016.

2014 Projects

$3,000 Mujer U’wa Colombia: Support for continuing legal workshops and training across the different U’wa communities. Travel expenses for legal team’s participation in meetings related to Colombia’s indigenous peoples.

$1,000 Planting Justice: Support for their work with incarcerated youth at the Stanislaus Juvenile Detention Garden. Funds were used to purchase plant starters (vegetables, herbs and flowers), educational materials and to construct 12 raised beds filled with peppers, eggplants, strawberries, melons, tomatoes and marigolds. The food grown will be used in the kitchen and culinary arts program, while cultivating teamwork, job skills, and a sense of achievement and a connection with the Earth.

$5,000 Tanzaniza LEAT: Support for litigation to eliminate lead from paint in Tanzania. FFI has supported several successful actions by the LEAT team over the years. In 2014, LEAT will be working to eliminate lead paint sold in stores and prohibit its production and import.

$13,000 Kenya Chwele Water Distribution Project: Funding to construct a large capacity water tank, a water purification system, a solar water pump and several kilometers of piping from the tank to four schools, a medical clinic, community center, market area and other areas in the village.  Population to be served will be approximately 15,000 people.

$7,980 Nepal Geta Eye Hospital:  Funding to provide safe drinking water to patients and their family members.  Additional funding for eye screening for 16,000 children in grades 1-10 evaluating defective vision and other eye conditions.  Ointment, eye drops, and spectacles provided.

$4,520 Global Student Embassy – Continued support for the Advancing Agro-Ecology Gardens program. In 2013, FFI assisted this youth-led organization to develop an innovative community gardening curriculum utilizing sustainable agro-ecology principles. In 2014, FFI will support GSE to utilize this curriculum in support of its community gardening program in Chacraseca, Nicaragua.

$600 to assist drip irrigation project to produce fresh vegetables (especially for the dry season) in conjunction with Peace Corp volunteers working in the rural village of Govi in Benin.  Funding for construction of the structure for which a water barrel will rest and the purchase of a water pump.

$1,200 to school children in the mountainous region of Sapa, Vietnam for winter jackets.

2013 Projects

$5,000 to Random Acts to provide funding for a solar installation at an orphanage in Haiti, The Jacmel Children’s Center.

$3,000 to Eco-Friends, India to educate the public, monitor, and take measures to reduce pollution in the Ganges River.

$2,900 to the Friends of the Cambodian Child’s Dream Organization whose mission is to promote sustainable village development in partnership with the Cambodian people by helping to provide clean water, sanitation, education opportunities, health care, improved nutrition and economic empowerment.  In this project, funds will be used for personal hygiene, with emphasis on hand washing to reduce the spread of disease.  The focus is to conduct workshops in ten villages by establishing Tippy Taps in each of the villages serving over 8,000 people.  The Tippy Tap is simply a plastic container with water that can be poured on one’s hands for washing, instead of the traditional wash basin that has been identified as a source of disease.  Each kit to be distributed will be comprised of gravel, bamboo poles, nails, string, plastic jug and soap.

$2,500 for the continued construction of the Tajikistan Women’s Resource Center. Tajikistan is located in the southeastern most corner of Central Asia, sharing borders with China to the east and Afghanistan to the south.  Tajikstan is considered the poorest of the Central Asian republics with nearly half of its inhabitants living below the poverty line.  The first floor of the Community Center has been built and FFI’s funding will facilitate construction of the second floor.  The mission of the Center is to improve the socio-economic situation of low-income families, increase the role of women in society and prevent discrimination against women in society and in the family.  Major activities to accomplish these goals will include community seminars for parents and young girls on the importance of education and on domestic violence issues, in-house legal assistance and psychological support to women, young girls and teenagers, especially victims of violence and free education for women and young girls in literacy, computer courses, embroidery and sewing courses. NEW: See update report on Tajikistan Women’s Resource Center.

$2,500 for Global Student Embassy (“GSE”), an international youth student organization.  The funds will be used to conduct curriculum development for Eco-Action programs in Nicaragua and Ecuador.

$500 Sapa Vietnam (purchase of warm coats for school children)

$3,000 Mujer U’wa, Colombia. Support for law schools costs for female U’wa.