I want to shout out to a project one of our contributors, Sarah Roe, is working on. If you’re interested in helping out, please make sure to get in touch with her as outlined below.
Green Hope Community is a newly-formed non-profit organization whose goal is to establish an eco-friendly community for internationally orphaned children. This community will be based in the United States; sites in North Carolina, Georgia, New Mexico, Arizona and Oregon are currently being considered. The goal of the Green Hope Community is to give orphaned children a chance not only to survive, but to thrive, and to give them the tools to become leaders in the fields of environmental progress and social justice.
The community will promote acceptance, and celebration, of diversity and foster the idea of global unity and cooperation. The very basic mentality behind Green Hope Community is to ‘Pay It Forward.’ Green Hope’s Board of Directors believes the true measurement of the organization’s impact will be in the lives touched as these children span the globe and create social and environmental change. Green Hope Community envisions that many countries, many communities, and many lives will be improved because of the work of this endeavor.
Goals of This Community
The goal for Green Hope Community is to be a model of sustainability and environmentally-conscious living. A 4+ acre organic farm will provide the majority of the food for the community and will offer sustainable farming education to the broader community through a farm stand, CSA shares, community farming days, and workshops. As the organization can afford to integrate the technology, power will be generated by solar, geothermal, and wind energy. Water will be recycled and conserved. Vehicles, including farm vehicles, will be electric, bio-diesel, or hybrid powered. A summer "eco-camp" will offer environmental education to children from outside of the Green Hope Community while speakers, green events, and documentary showings will offer monthly education opportunities to the adults and youth of the broader community. Green Hope Community aims to house eight interns annually with a variety of fields of study, such as international relations, sustainable development, and sustainable farming practices. Interns will learn how they can incorporate environmentally responsible practices into their lives, professions and communities.
How It Works
Green Hope Community aims to initially house 25 children and their adoptive parents. Parents at Green Hope Community will be the legal, adoptive parents of the children. Green Hope Community will assist the parents in reaching children who truly need a permanent home, to help parents incur the costs of adoption, which can often be prohibitive, and to provide a supportive community in which to raise environmentally and socially conscious children with diverse religious and cultural backgrounds. Maintaining a connection between the children and their native cultures will be a constant focus of the non-religiously affiliated Green Hope Community. Other employees of the community, such as counselors, farmers, cooks, teachers, and interns will also reside within the community, all creating an extended support system and broader family for the children. The children will have a vital role in the functioning of the community; they will have responsibilities including assisting with meal preparation, working on the organic farm, helping to care for their younger siblings, cleaning, etc. Green Hope Community is targeting a number of countries with high orphaned and homeless children populations including Nepal, China, India, South American and African countries, and the United States.
An Element of Rescue
The community will include an animal shelter which will focus on rescuing animals within the general area and extending services farther when need arises. The sanctuary will accommodate a variety of animals and will also work on animal welfare education outside of the community. The animal shelter will be used as a learning and therapeutic tool for the children as a way to show the importance of caring and giving back to the world.
Green Hope Community has gathered a board of passionate individuals with experience in the field of education, non-profit management, environmental leadership, animal rescue, and green design.
How to Help Green Hope Community
Green Hope Community is seeking funding in order to purchase property and build the necessary structures, including 12 small residences, offices, a school, animal shelter, community center, and barn, all in a green manner. The community is very interested in collaborating with green construction and prefab companies who may be willing to donate a structure to their project. Ideally, the Green Hope Community will be a model community for green architecture, exhibiting ingenuity and craftsmanship from a wide breadth of companies. If the community achieves this, they plan to hold a ‘Model Green Homes Tour’ for members of the press and the general public. They are also looking for smaller scale green materials donations such as lumber, flooring, cabinetry, appliances, furnishings, hardware and lighting. Green Hope Community also is looking for grants, corporate and private sponsors, and donors, as well as Trustees. Depending on the type of donation, donors will be given prominent advertising on the website, e-mails, and mailings; additionally, a benefactor ceremony and plaque dedication will be held on-site at the community.
Please visit Green Hope Community’s website or stay in touch at [email protected] to get involved. Green Hope Community is eager to hear from you! Here are some of the possible sites for Green Hope Community:
Some Possible Sites Being Considered
1. A possible site in North Carolina consists of 24 acres and a beautiful, historic Modernist home.
2. Another site in North Carolina features ‘The Model Farm’ which most other farms in the area emulate.
3. Another possible Site in North Carolina includes 49 acres of fields and woods and a historic farmhouse.