Africa Rising: Enhancing Infrastructure; Fostering Leadership; Best Practices Examples [6/7/2015]

 

Guests:

  • Georges Kotchou, President/Founder, Seal of Hope, Inc., (In-Studio);
  • Georges Kotchou, President/Founder, Seal of Hope, Inc., (In-Studio);
  • Kimberly L. Fogg, Founder/CEO, Global Sustainable Partnerships (GSP)”, (In- Studio); and 
  • Kimberly L. Fogg, Founder/CEO, Global Sustainable Partnerships (GSP)”, (In- Studio)
  • Segment 1

    Georges Kotchou, President/Founder, Seal of Hope, Inc., (In-Studio)
    Segment 2

    Georges Kotchou, President/Founder, Seal of Hope, Inc., (In-Studio)
    Segment 3

    Kimberly L. Fogg, Founder/CEO, Global Sustainable Partnerships (GSP)”, (In- Studio)

     

    Segment 4

    Kimberly L. Fogg, Founder/CEO, Global Sustainable Partnerships (GSP)”, (In- Studio)

The EmeraldPlanet weekly television programs are broadcast and distributed via Channel 10 TV in Fairfax, Virginia USA. The programs are being simulcast to 532 stations around the United States and then overseas by the Internet and C-SPAN television. The EmeraldPlanet programs are currently available in all countries and territories around the world.  The Emerald Trek and companion The Emerald Mini-Treks are identifying the 1,000 “best practices” on location from the 143 nations, 750 cities, and 50,000 communities by Internet TV, local television stations, main stream media outlets, YouTube, Facebook, The EmeraldPlanet Meetup, Twitter, among other social media networks, and all manner of print media.

The EmeraldPlanet TV is broadcasting weekly a number of the “best practices which are identified through collaboration with:  major non-governmental organizations (NGOs); United Nations, universities and colleges; research institutes; government ministries and agencies; Embassies; banking and micro-lending organizations; Chambers of Commerce; World Trade Centers, international bodies such as The World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), Inter-American Development Bank, African Development Bank Group, Asian Development Bank, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization), citizens groups; multimedia organizations; among others by utilizing the most advanced broadcasting hardware and software along with an outstanding television Production Crew to reach an ever expanding global audience. The Emerald Trek is focused upon linking principals identified among the 1,000 ‘best practices’ in the 143 nations being visited through this world-wide movement. The Emerald Trek is encompassing over 300,000 miles, visiting 750 major cities, and 50,000 suburban and rural communities in the identified nations.

Our outstanding guests are:

  • Segment ‘1’:  Georges Kotchou, President/Founder, Seal of Hope, Inc., (In-Studio);
  • Segment ‘2’: Georges Kotchou, President/Founder, Seal of Hope, Inc., (In-Studio);
  • Segment ‘3’:  Kimberly L. Fogg, Founder/CEO, Global Sustainable Partnerships (GSP)”, (In- Studio);
  • Segment ‘4’:  Kimberly L. Fogg, Founder/CEO, Global Sustainable Partnerships (GSP)”, (In- Studio)

Seal of Hope (SOH) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-governmental Corporation created by its President and Founder Georges Kotchou.  Its mission is to assist African immigrants and their children in their first steps to integration in the United States; provide free healthcare in rural areas throughout the 54 African countries; educate children and adults in the use of information and communication technology, read and write English, and provide computers connected to Internet through community training centers; support the agricultural activities by providing new techniques in growing crops and modern materials that will allow men and women working in farms to achieve higher productivity, better incomes, and resiliency in times of disasters.

The vision is fundamentally rooted in the belief that every human being no matter where he or she is born can have a better future, improved health, while contributing to development of the entire human race. At Seal of Hope, it is believed no one should be left behind just because of the geographic location of his or her birth place, but should have the opportunity to grow and become engaged in multiple solutions to solve world-wide issues.

 With the event of Ebola, SOH was proactive due to the urgency of the situation and focused on raising awareness about the tragedy that the Ebola outbreak represents and created specific actions.  Among other things, was launched operation “Gloves against Ebola.” From this operation and the help of many other organizations SOH was able to ship 62 tons of gloves to Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. To materialize and give more visibility to its awareness campaign, the organization designed high quality T-Shirts “Gloves against Ebola” that were distributed freely to some high profile personalities as well as community based citizens to help convey the message. All of these actions were taken in the United States so the general public would consider Ebola as a disease can reach into any community so to reduce, or eliminate any stigma toward West Africans.  The organization continues to collect medical supplies, hospital beds, wheelchairs, school supplies, clothing, food, and selected open seeds for farmers to meet short and long-term needs across the African continent.

The SOH continues to gather resources to ship supplies to various teams on the ground in affected countries as well as countries that are not currently in crisis mode in order to support natural and man-made challenges across Africa.  The Seal of Hope is constantly expanding its outreach and services to create a platform of economic, social, and environmental development on the African continent.  Seal of Hope would like all health challenges such as Ebola, malaria, yellow fever, sleeping sickness, among many other neglected tropical diseases to end today in order to focus on its main objectives and help in ending the technology apartheid between the African continent and the rest of the world.

 Global Sustainable Partnerships (GSP) is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization established in 2010 by Kimberly L. Fogg and Mary Barth.  The vision is to improve access to clean and safe drinking water along with teaching sanitation and hygiene practices to children in developing countries.  Further, its mission is dedicated to empowering women with social skills and economic tools to help break the cycle of poverty while improving the overall health and fiscal independence of their families. In order to accomplish this long-term vision, the objectives of GSP are focused on improving the health and education of children by building community interest and increasing awareness of the value of clean water and affordability of safe water systems.

 The project builds on one-half decade of cultivating relationships with teachers, students, grass-roots public-private partnerships, local leaders, and national government officials creating a strong infrastructure for community support and project implementation of the Hydraid Biosand Filters (BSF).  These in-country early adopters and allies created this special pathway to introduce BSF filters into schools.  This method is a major contributor to the success and sustainability of the program, which will be replicated in the expanding “Integrated Health Model” (IHM) outreach. 

Unlike other NGOs which simply provide filters via the hardware components only, GSP works in conjunction with the District Education Officers (DEOs) who ultimately have say over activities and projects within the schools. With support of the DEOs, GSP teaches educators the health benefits of filtered water, hygiene, regular hand washing, and other critical hygiene safety initiatives. GSP has created a network of health trainers via teachers who bring the education back to their classrooms. This “train the trainer” approach allows teachers, students, and their family members the understanding of why filtered water is important to their health. Furthermore, students play an important role in the actual construction of “their” BioSand filters (BSF) which builds a sense of pride, ownership, stewardship, and accountability for the care and use of the filters. 

 GPS is at a pivotal point.  After one-half decade of testing, training, implementing, while working in the schools and communities to determine the “best practices” technologies, processes, and products, GPS is advancing its “Integrated Health Model” (IHM) (e.g. water, health care, and environment) to expand shared values and goals to further help empower women to uplift their families and communities out of poverty while reducing illness by promoting and supporting the growth of stronger and healthier communities. 

 GPS has demonstrated firsthand community health, education, and environmental benefits, especially among women and girls, can be improved significantly through relatively easy initiatives that are taught, implemented, and sustained within schools and the community at large.  Its IHM initiatives will promote sustainable community development solution which aides in empowering women to establish “green” jobs and sustainable locally owned businesses (e.g. selling filters, KNOCK DEAD/Knock Down Skintex® MR III blankets and shemaghs among other mosquito and all blood-sucking insects vectors, reusable sanitary pads, and soap which will generate income for their families.  

 


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