Earth, Wind & Fire - NCP fall campaign
Preserving rainforest, enabling Rwandan tailors, a school for girls in Congo
Earth: With over a quarter of the Amazon Rainforest deforested or degraded,
this planetary keystone ecosystem is in trouble. Standing with the native
communities who defend it against palm oil and other invaders is critical. Our
partners in the Ecuadorian Amazon have located a parcel of 112 acres in a key
location - it will serve as a buffer between fast-advancing palm oil plantations and
native lands, and will be turned into a reserve managed by native groups allied
with NCP. $50,000 is needed to purchase this land. Fortunately, we have
$30,000 in our If a tree falls... reserves, leaving $20,000 more to be raised.
Need: $20,000 $450 buys an acre!
Wind: Rwandan women work their way through “school” - they attend
NCP-sponsored tailoring classes in the mornings and do day-labor the rest
of the day to earn money to feed their families – all this with baby-on-the-back.
Upon graduating the sewing course, most can’t afford the treadle machine
they need to use their skills and must rent one at $4 per month, eating into
already-meager profits. We want to put wind in the sails of this year's graduating
class of 15 women so they can thrive in their new businesses.
Cost per machine: $140
Need: $2000 (any money raised over this amount will provide machines for next
Fire: In the DR Congo fewer than one-quarter of girls attend secondary
school, and over one-third are married before turning 18. These realities
severely limit their options for a bright and hopeful future. This boarding school
just for girls - built in an area where available high schools are far away - will
light the way toward a better future. Starting with three classrooms, eventually
it will house 250 girls, aged 12-22. The total needed is $40,000, with half of this
amount available from a donor's matching grant.
Donate here to one or all of these projects, via Venmo or by check to NCP, 117 Nature Road, Blue Ridge, VA 24064. As always, 100 percent of donations to our Special Projects go to the programs themselves.