Several years ago I met a gentleman who was donating money to a non-profit organization to build schools in Africa. The organization would raise about $40,000 to build a new school in a much needed region. After 9-11 most organizations pulled out of Africa, but we continued on our own to continue building these schools. When working directly with the contractors we discovered that the real price was closer to $9,000. After finding out that most of this money was being put towards “Administrative Fees” we decided to set up our own organization and devote our time to directing the organization. And today… it’s amazing to see the accomplishments!
I was lucky enough to take part in this venture and able to contribute some of my own time, talents and resources to helping out in Africa. In fact, I feel like family when I go there! It’s an amazing experience to see several hundred children running up to greet you when you arrive in the villages. The overwhelming feeling can’t be put into words.
We’ve learned that it isn’t best just to “give” everything to a region that has virtually nothing by our standards but it is better to teach skills and to help the people learn to be industrious. The slogan “Hard Work Bears Fruit” is all over everything we do. We’ve worked closely with Brigham Young University to develop and implement child carousels that generate electricity and seesaws that pump water from wells. The locals work on each project and are an integral part of everything we do there.
On a trip a couple of years ago I was there to celebrate 3 young men from our school passing our equivalent to the ACT tests in the U.S. The young men were so excited for their accomplishments and so were we. They were the first boys to ever achieve the accomplishment in the entire region! I’m proud to announce that the first young woman has now accomplished the same thing recently.
While there I was trying to come up with different things we could do to create jobs for the villagers. There isn't much around them so it's difficult to pull something from your hat. My first thought was to try growing Agave in Africa. The cost and time constraints for starting a project in that region made it an almost impossible task for us. Luckily, an idea came to someone else from the group and the wheels began to turn. They have coconut trees growing naturally all over the region. Why not learn to harvest coconut oil? Not knowing much about the industry we turned to BYU for some help. Their students researched and created the original process for turning coconuts into coconut oil. We tried to assist with the project from BYU and quickly learned we were all lacking in the finer points of coconut oil manufacturing. The young men and women who are currently being sponsored in college in Africa will now be able to return to help and teach the next generation and will be able to run the business that we (you and I) helped start.
Late in 2011 Global Goods received 80 drums of incorrectly filtered coconut oil (Oops!). We were trying a new technique of filtering and somehow that was lost in translation. Luckily we were able to find a lotion manufacturer in the U.S. who purchased the oil from us. They must have loved something about it, because in 2012 they came back and offered to take over the facility! The brought in hundreds of thousands of dollars, hired more native Africans, supplied the facility with some of their own experts and are now manufacturing a top grade oil. "Relief". That was the first word that came to our minds. "Thank You" was second. It's an amazing miracle for the villagers in Africa. We here at Global Goods have been so thankful to be a part of it! The young men and women who are currently being sponsored in college in Africa will now be able to return to help and teach the next generation and will be able to run the business that we (you and I) helped start.
So what's next for Global Goods? Ahhh... we've got a neat new project in the works, but you'll have to wait and see what it is!
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