WHERE WILL MY MONEY GO?
Accountability and Resource sharing
"The plain fact is that the planet does not need more successful people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every kind. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane. And these qualities have little to do with success as we have defined it.”- David Orr (very smart man)
Great Question. We acknowledge that at this poignant time in history, need is a constant. Some needs are financial while other needs like a sense of community and purpose lie in the interpersonal realm. Amwe sees both as vital. The Amwe Team is exploring how we can address the dynamic nature of need, specific to each country through acknowledging intersectionality. A huge part of Amwe's mission is cross-cultural togetherness, thus for allocating financial funds we look at the heaviest bleeder within our partnerships and prioritize concentrating on the health of our people first. In short, we look at where the need lies, gather outdoors as one global family, and use our united movement to address it.
Most Current Peace Initiative (Feb 2022)
Our partnering community Naledi, hosted a medical screening camp in March. 2000 rural people, from 40 different African tribes were screened for cancer and other health conditions. Proceeds from our February Peace Ride event will go towards for treatment of the 15 individuals who were recently diagnosed with late-stage cancer after the last medical camp and cannot afford treatment. Lack of funds for health insurance is a huge health barrier for folks in Tharaka. 80% of the community we serve is unable to pay $5 per month fee for NIS (National Insurance Fund) health insurance that would cover them for care. Thus, when complications do come up, they are often far too expensive for them to receive care for whatsoever. For $5 month, $60 a yr or $180 for three years, these individuals will have access to 3 yrs of covered medical care to receive the treatment they need. After meeting the basic needs of those currently diagnosed, funds over the $2,700 goal will go towards larger Amwe Movement goals of building a Women's Peace Center and a Mobile Cancer Screening clinic in Tharaka. We ensure that the money goes where is it supposed to through community relationships, accountable transferring systems, and regular check backs.
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Mobile Cancer Screening Clinic
How can we all be fed by this project?
Amwe host regular meetings with representatives from our partnering community Naledi in Tharaka to let us know what is happening on the ground with the people and the land. Where is there abundance and where can we support getting needs met? The community as the experts, tell us. In Tharaka, Amwe is addressing the need for financial capital to support basic needs such a food, shelter, healthcare, and education, particularly for women and girls. This community is rich in resiliency, ancient wisdom, tightly woven community, cultural traditions, love, song/dance, earth-based connection, and belly laughs. We then take stock of what is present here in the west. As a nation, there is an abundance of financial capital, physical resources, technology, and people ready to come together for the greater good. Amwe is interested in addressing the west's hunger for understanding and peacemaking with our cultural history, thirst for nature connection and earth stewardship, and desire for opportunities to cultivate resilient community and deeper personal purpose. We then work together to create programs for resource sharing between nations utilizing outdoor movement as our medium. Is it possible we could work away from non-profit "helping narratives" to see we all have a gifts to offer? Perhaps through our programs, we can see opportunities to feed one another what we are hungry for.