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  • 1. Community Sponsorship
    • Find and protect your village
  • 2.
    • There are about 4 million villages in the world.
    • More than 1 billion people are experiencing protein-energy malnutrition.
    • Nearly a billion people entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names.
    • The poorest 40 percent of the world’s population accounts for 5 percent of global income. The richest 20 percent accounts for three-quarters of world income.
    • More than 27 thousand children die every day from preventable diseases .
  • 3.
    • Total charitable giving from the USA alone in 2009 was $303 billion.
    • According to the non profit organization Villages of Hope, the typical village (with 90 households, 500 people and 5 agricultural groups of 25 members each) needs $8,213 to stimulate the local economy, invest in sustainable farming and save them from poverty and hunger.
  • 4.
    • Considering that there are 4 million villages in the world and each village needs $8,213 to fight hunger, we need 4 million X $8213 = $33 billion.
    • This means that only 10.5 % of all US yearly charitable giving is enough to end hunger in every village of the world.
  • 5.
    • Most of the villagers in developing countries are unable to advocate for their rights.
    • Locals have language, cultural and technological barriers to accessing international agencies.
    • Most of them don’t even have information about the existence of such international charity organizations.
    What is the problem?
  • 6.
    • Lack of education and the informational gap keeps a majority of poor villagers at risk of being ignored and forgotten by rest of the world.
    • The large international organizations are unable to reduce poverty level in the villages and small communities. They have funds but not flexibility.
    • Regular people barely trust strange foreigner visitors surrounded with TV cameras and local official delegations.
    Why it is happening
  • 7.
    • Most of the programs designed and implemented by charity, local and international organizations are temporary actions with little or no long term sustainability.
    • Case studies and success stories are not followed and monitored after project/program expiration.
    • There is still a big gap of understanding local cultures, habits and customs. Accordingly, programs designed for the targeted groups are not always appropriate and effective for the local reality .
  • 8.
    • Usually large agencies rely on information provided from local officials who are not always accurate and honest.
    • Poverty and vulnerability of local people are used as a tool by many local authorities to attract funders and donors. High corruption in the local level prevents effectiveness and success of many initiatives.
    • Paradoxically, thousands of project evaluation reports show tremendous successes of the programs and projects while local communities continue to experience extreme poverty and hunger.
  • 9.
    • Significant financial sources from charity organizations, international agencies and governments are spent year by year to fight world poverty and hunger but effectiveness of the action is still under question.
    • We are still unable to reduce poverty in the world.
  • 10.
    • The most recent estimate released on October 14, 2009 by FAO  shows that 1.02 billion people are undernourished, a sizable increase from its 2006 estimate of  854 million people.
  • 11.
    • We rely on systems more than on real people.
    • Significant increases of poverty prove that the existing system does not work well.
    • It is time to encourage individualism in global philanthropy.
    The way it is happening
  • 12.
    • To increase effectiveness of community development programs
    • To insure transparent and fair allocation of international charity funds
    • To find and fight the real roots of poverty and world hunger
    • To reduce fatalities from preventable deceases and save lives
    What we should do
  • 13. COMMUNITY AMBASSADORS
    • We propose a special program, an expanded version of international volunteerism.
  • 14.
    • We are looking for:
    • Experienced professionals and particularly baby boomers to become trusted mentors and lifetime advocates for vulnerable communities
    • Individuals who don’t need long training and education to became community leaders
    • Individuals who have lead successful lives and are ready to help others
  • 15.
    • Perfect candidates are newly retired motivated individuals dedicated to global philanthropy.
    • We will direct their knowledge, connections, experience and leadership skills to respond to the complex challenges of small communities in Africa and Asia.
    • Each individual will adopt his/her village to protect, advocate and represent.
    • We call them Community Ambassadors.
    Who are Community Ambassadors?
  • 16.
    • Community Ambassadors will work closely with adopted communities; We will assist them to identify, travel to and spend time in their targeted villages.
    • With the help of our organization, Ambassadors will learn the local culture, local needs and problems and will became trusted friends of local communities.
    How Global Ambassadors will work
  • 17.
    • Ambassadors will gather information case-by-case and will develop priorities for the development of their adopted villages.
    • After recognition and prioritization of the local problems, Ambassadors will move forward with our organization to search for funds by working closely with private funders as well as international agencies and organizations.
    What is their role?
  • 18.
    • After returning in the USA Ambassadors will keep monitoring the progress and effectiveness of the proposed initiatives.
    • They will use their connection, information and skills to fundraise for particular micro projects such as sustainable agriculture training, prevention of HIV/AIDS, basic literacy, nutritional assistance, and others depending on the needs of the local village.
  • 19.
    • Our organization will assist Community Ambassadors to create their network to share experiences, connections and information.
    • For fundraising purposes, we will initiate Community Sponsorship Campaigns and will use Community Ambassadors as a unique resource to encourage Americans to sign up for monthly donations to support community development in Africa and Asia.
  • 20. Ambassadors’ ongoing role
    • Community Ambassadors will act as fundraisers, advocates, monitors and mentors for their adapted communities
  • 21. Ambassadors’ effectiveness
    • We strongly believe that our Ambassadors will create a chain reaction of community sponsorship using their connections and influence.
    • They will be real people telling real stories to their friends and colleagues, neighbors and relatives.
    • They will take Americans love to the small villages and communities of Africa and Asia and will bring locals’ love back.
  • 22. The choice is yours
    • You can save hundreds of lives if you choose to become a
    • COMMUNITY AMBASSADOR