FIELD PARTNERS

EXPERIENCE BEING PART OF EXCITING DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS !

We all know about classic development projects. They don’t just do one thing, but take on a wide scope of measures in a community, and they take several years to complete.
That makes it super interesting for long-term school projects! How often do we get the chance to be part of one, and add an extra twist of magic?

Now you can.

Our Field Partners offer you first hand insights into land, people, culture – for cultural exchange and global learning for ‘live’ conversations, exchanges … and into challenges  – poverty, food, incomes, education … with many options to get involved.  

You can become part of these stories.

Kinigi Eco-Centre

Rwanda

RWANDA – GORILLA MOUNTAIN – SOCIAL BUSINESS – COMMUNITY TOURISM – FAMILY FIT – PERMACULTURE GARDEN – RURAL ARTS & CRAFTS GIFT SHOP – LOCAL GUIDES – YOUTH EMPLOYMENT – COMMUNITY CENTRE – YOUTH LEADERSHIP – INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS – TRAINING CAMPS

That’s a long list, and this makes it so exciting! But, to begin with, Terri is a dreamer and storyteller extraordinaire that is going to turn your image of Africa downside up, and this wow experience will make you laugh and want to get involved!

The True Heart of Africa.

It’s almost true geographically, but we don’t refer to the tangible, but to the Spirit of Africa! And that’s not embodied in poverty, killings, famine and mining, but is very well alive in Rwanda. Terri and Farakhan have amazing stories to share, you’ll have so much fun – including the BEST dance videos.  

Rwanda survived a genocide not long ago, and today, the people rock. We’ll tell you of a lot of cool particularities and initiatives that’ll make you say ‘we should have that here’, and maybe you’ll be the ones to start it! We want to START something uni-que in Rwanda with the Kinigi Eco-Centre, to serve tourists, local peo-ple and the young generation. We need your help to crowdfund your favorite parts of this venture, and play a role in activating the young generation to follow their hero*ine peers’ example.

It starts

with discovering what Africa/ns  truly are like. Meet Terri and Fara-khan online, make friends, and get involved in creating this fireworks story together. It’ll be fun!

Namaste Nepal

GERMAN-BORN NETWORK OF SCHOOL STUDENT COMPANIES – HOLISTIC VILLAGE DEVELOPMENT – GATI, NEPAL, HIMALAYA – MULTI-FACETED ACTIVITIES – WORK VISIT

Freiberg’s high school runs a ‘student business’ founded for the purpose of solving development problems of their partner village in Nepal, this makes it a ‘social business’.

Together with Steffen Judersleben of the town’s Agenda 21 Office for Sustainable Development, they organize a handful of activities to generate financial resources, incl. a solar energy installation, art calendar, and an epic 48 hour sponsor run with folk fest character generating $30,000+€!

Raj

is the coordinator in Nepali. He has a lot of stories to tell about rural life, traditions, specific challenges, the development program …

As owner of Nepal Social Tours – he knows the mountains in and out, and guides visiting NN crews on an amazing tour in his home region.

The sponsor run!

This is

Once a year, they organize a self-paid work visit to bond, learn, plan, help carry out projects, detect new challenges, find solutions and celebrate achievements : a school, library, reforested hillside, plantations, new crops, even coffee (!), medical care and eye camps …

When

a massive earthquake struck the region, only the new school stood unharmed on the mountain. It has turned into a symbol of hope for the entire valley, and motivated Namaste Nepal students to now build a school at each of the valley’s 7 villages. To achieve these milestones, they call on other schools to join the adventure. Are you up for (part) of it?

Schools love Entrepreneurial Student Clubs

but one needs a relevant, meaningful, exciting venture. Ordinary business projects rarely have much inspirational to offer. But SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP does!

Here’s a wonderful example of how to organize a crew at school, score large amounts of money and do a whole lot of good, powered by super motivated students bringing in their creativity and seeing impact unfold.

The WodaabeNiger

PART-SEDENTARY NOMADIC TRIBE – SAHARA – EPIC CULTURE #1 SAFE HOME & EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN & YOUTH IN THE CITY #2 BASIC NEEDS FOR THE VILLAGE – WATER & AGRICULTURE

THIS FAMOUS TRIBE portrayed in Wim Wenders’ famous film Herdsmen Of The Sun has been forced by severe droughts to partly settle down.

There is much to marvel about these unique tribal people known to have travelled the southern Sahara for 1,000s of years – incl. their courting rituals. We can’t wait to see you compete in the young men’s Beauty Contest! We will let you discover on film. The Wodaabe are able, sovereign, fun people full of dignity that would never ask for help, if droughts had not entirely depleted their famous cattle herds.
Life with nothing, no experience with agriculture, sitting stuck in the desert of one of Africa’s poo-rest states, troubled by terrorists, seeing their children’s normally joyful future dissolve … hey, we want to see these noble young people well. We’re really talking tough situa-tion. But not hopeless. Can we activate robust American Spirit? And others? So, here we are. Here you are. What are we going to rock for them? 

We say

that this moment calls on us to gather humanity’s finest ecosystem restoration farming and water planting knowledge, switch on your engineer’s mind, your fundraiser’s heart, and your communication genius.

Kajire Beehive Fence Project

WILDLIFE-HUMAN CONFLICT – SERENGETI DROUGHT FORCES ELEPHANTS ONTO FARMLAND – DEVASTATION – POVERTY

Abdurahman faces the first crisis of a yet underreported issue – wildlife-human conflict as wild animals are pushed towards human settlements in desperate search for food. The local people wish not to harm their majestic animal neighbours, but for these small farmers, a trampled field means famine. They need a solution, fast! It turns out that animal allies, bees, are men’s best friend in this matter. Bee fences keep ellies out, since the swinging hives anger bees, and the ellies flee the swarms.

1 Solution

has been found, and Abdurahman has made it his mission to protect his village and train folks across the region to follow the example, plant bushes, trees, food crops for ellies, bees … cool aye, why didn’t people think of this earlier? A challenge, typical of all Africa, is finance. Believe it or not, hives, wires, rural transport, are costly, especially for small farmers, who survive, but lack goods to trade. 

Solutions

will be found, if we act together. It’s a tough nut to crack, but Ellie Honey, and ellies up (too) close hint at options for

Fair Trade

& Tourism,

but we yet have to develop this, maybe also with our other Kenyan friends … Are you up for the challenge starting from scratch?

You can become part of these stories.

You can add new chapters to the story. Shape the life of thousands of people. Dream up the future of regions for decades to come.

Are you ready?