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ALL DONATIONS ARE BEING MATCHED UNTIL WE REACH OUR GOAL!


Go Conscious Earth (GCEarth) preserves large tracts of forest and wetlands in the Congo Basin Rainforest, the second largest rainforest in the world. Rainforests are the lungs of the earth, and their destruction is a leading cause of climate change. At GCEarth, we preserve rainforest in the Democratic Republic of Congo while helping the people living there with projects the communities have identified as necessary to lift them out of extreme poverty, ensuring more rainforest protections and better local conservation for the long-term. We are starting with the basis for all other health and wellness initiatives: clean water.

So far, we have saved one million acres of rainforest and provided clean water to 10,000 people.

This winter, we plan to build 5 more wells and save another 150,000 acres of rainforest! You, our supporters, have always come through for the rainforest and people living on Lake Tumba. We can't thank you enough!


At GCEarth, we believe in full transparency. And we're proud of what we accomplish with so little. If you want to know more about where your donation will go, check out our full 2017 Budget below.

But remember, we are almost there! Thanks to two matching donations, we only need to reach our goal here of $28k, and we'll be able to do all of this! But we need your help to get our matching funds. Please help us reach our goal! Remember, your donation will be matched dollar for dollar!


UPDATE! WOW! THANK YOU!

We are now just $7000 shy of completing these initiatives. With your help, we can do this!


2017 BUDGET

$5000: Add rainforest concession of 150,000 acres.

We are on the cusp of protecting additional concessions in the form of tribal land rights in surrounding villages! This will pay for legal and governmental fees to complete these additional rainforest concessions, conserving an additional 150,000 acres of rainforest and wetlands.

$40,000: Build 5 wells to provide clean water to 10,000 people.

That's $8000 per well and each well serves 2000 people. Yep, it costs just $4 to provide clean water to one man, woman, or child!

$9000: Build capacity for long-term well building.

On our trip to build our first 5 wells, we rented equipment (like a generator and pump necessary to pump dirty water out of a newly drilled hole), but this is not cost effective long-term. We will purchase these materials for the use of the Water Team. We will also be purchasing materials needed to build wells further from the lake, like water tanks. Finally, we will complete the purchase of our boat, so the Water Team can provide water to hard-to-reach villages in safety!

$2500: Provide maintenance on the five wells we built last year.

$4500: Send founder to DRC for six weeks to meet with other NGOs

while the next five wells are installed. We have been approached by other NGOs about our team providing clean water to communities they serve. Doing so has a triple positive impact. It provides full-time work to the GCEarth water team, helps other impoverished communities obtain clean water, and creates economies of scale which bring the cost down of well materials and transportation for everyone!

$8000: Pay our team.

This year, our US-based operations are 100% volunteer. We are only paying wages for the work in the DR Congo - building new wells, maintaining wells, meeting and working with the DRC government, and working on additional rainforest land concessions.

$4000: Admin.

We keep our annual administrative expenses incredibly low, but of course we do have some. After all, we have to file taxes and pay annual fees, just like all nonprofits.

TOTAL: $73,000


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OUR MISSION

It's easy to be worried about the state of the environment. Global warming, melting ice caps, and turbulent weather make us all wonder if we are doing enough to protect the earth for ourselves and future generations. We know the rainforests play a vital role in the earth's climate regulation, and we all want to protect them!

There are large communities of people living in extreme poverty in these rainforests. When multinational companies take over these lands for logging or farming, not only do they destroy the rainforests, damaging the earth's environment, but they devastate the lives of the people living here, leaving them with even fewer resources for survival. Meanwhile, in their efforts to survive, these communities often use farming and fishing methods that further damage these ecosystems.

Most of us have never lived without access to a school, water, or food. We haven't had to drink the water we wash our clothes in. We've never lost a child to starvation or a simple preventable infection. But for 790,000,000 people, these are the daily realities of their lives.

At GCEarth, we have developed an approach that preserves large tracts of rainforest while fighting poverty and cultivating long-term sustainable practices within the communities living there.

GCEarth has conserved one million acres of rainforest and provided clean water to 10,000 people, so far! We have asked the communities there what they need and we are working with them to make that happen - simple projects that work. Freshwater wells, schools, health clinics, sustainable farming and fishing, and long-term income generation. And as we implement our anti-poverty initiatives, we continue to expand conservation area of rainforest and wetlands in the Congo Basin.

OUR MODEL

GCEarth Approach


Go Conscious Earth (GCEarth) is a 501(c)(3) U.S. non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Thank you for your help!

www.GCEarth.org


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