Building Sustainable Communities; WeFeed is Launched

April 2, 2014

wefeed-storiesAs a society, we forget that when small communities come together, establish a way of life that is beneficial for living and surviving, the world becomes a much more inviting place. If life’s necessities are accessible then life becomes more enjoyable.

There are millions of charities in the world today and Americans are continuously willing to give. But when only monetary donations are turned into food or water and those are given, a community can become dependent on those contributions (like our welfare system and people becoming dependent on a monthly check). But if a community is given resources to become an actual thriving community and are taught how to survive those contributions can never run out. It is that old philosophy of ‘give a man a fish, he can eat for a day, but teach him how to fish and he can eat for a lifetime.’

Recently, I was lucky enough to be invited to the launch of a new organization. It is called WeFeed. It can be watched on YouTube. It is a nonprofit, non-religious affiliation.  They are not focused on buildings but on building better communities that are truly sustainable. Their mission statement is,

 “To transform the way that humanitarian problems are solved around the world by uniting, developing, and equipping leaders to create sustainable, independent communities.”

They believe that,

“It isn’t enough just to dump resources into a community and believe this solves the problem. It doesn’t. We unite, develop and mobilize leaders in that community to take full ownership of the assets so that a strong, long-term, and sustainable community is built.”

WeFeed’s organization is set up as a central hub that will partner with existing governments, organizations and individuals. Currently they are partnered with worldwide organizations that all believe in a holistic approach to teaching a community and its leaders how to create long-term sustainability and independence. Some of those organizations are AVOLVE, Healing Waters International, Kenes Global Education, Keymark Global Steel Systems, Kids Against Hunger, and Project C.U.R.E.

WeFeed’s projects will be designed with three key phases:

  1. Stabilization
  2. Sustainability
  3. Independence

The stabilization phase is used to identify immediate unfulfilled needs and to make sure that basic necessities are met then the sustainability phase can come into play where long-term solutions are devised for the community to become sustainable and then they meet their final phase of developing and maintaining their own independence. This is the beginning for communities across the world to become thriving places when they have been given the knowledge of what they can do and be.

WeFeed’s first project is underway this year in Africa. They are implementing a clean, continuous water supply system and giving individual families in one community a cow. The cow requires care but in return will provide milk, cheese, fertilizer, the start of a herd, and eventually meat. Resources that are needed to start a good life.

This is the beginning of actual change, world-wide, where handouts will become fewer and knowledge to survive and live will become greater.

Resources: WeFeed



Jennifer Shockley

Jennifer is originally from Colorado and has recently moved back from Michigan. She is finishing up her Master’s degree in Architecture. She is currently focusing on urban planning and sustainable design and hopes to gain employment at a design firm specializing in these areas. Jennifer also has writing experience serving as an editor for her school newspaper and college magazine. Jennifer has two cats named Prada and Dior-aptly named after her shoe obsession. You can follow Jennifer on twitter @jenshock81.