About 1.75 billion people, 1 in 4 of us, live in multidimensional poverty with the highest incidence being in sub-saharan Africa with almost 1 billion living in chronic hunger.

Through the development of skills, knowledge and resources, Good Earth Power aims to help local communities lift themselves out of poverty. Although there has been significant improvement in the lives of hundreds of millions of people around the world in the past few decades, huge inequalities still exist and too many people in the world lack access to the basic necessities of life.

The object of development is to create an enabling environment for people to enjoy long, healthy and creative lives. In order to achieve this the first step must be to break the devastating cycle of poverty.

We believe the heart of this development process lies in the community, and that a community's strength can be greater than the sum of its parts.

The Millennium Development Goals identified critical areas of focus and established a set of globally recognised targets.

Good Earth Power's community development programme aims to put in place measures to help meet these goals and to establish self-sustaining communities across the African continent. Self-sustaining in terms of health, education, economic growth, social equality and environmental sustainability.

The programme will engage with local populations to understand their needs and combine the best of modern and traditional practices with innovative technology and practical education to enable self-determination and the improvement of living standards today.

Some areas of focus include:

Job Creation
Through our farms, power plants, housing projects, timber plantations, game parks, water pipelines and fisheries, we will always look to create long-term employment that raises skill levels and income opportunities.

Housing
Our new housing construction technology allows us to deliver high quality houses cost-effectively, dramatically improving living conditions for the lower-income segment of society.

Clean Water Supply
Modern water technology, sustainable management and conservation education will drive the provision of safe water for all of our communities.

Plentiful Food Supply
Improve agricultural practices, introduce a barter-based food bank system and a transparent trading market to increase food security as well as agricultural incomes.

Medical Care and Testing
Health workers, clinics, innovative equipment and health education can reduce preventable diseases and deaths, decreasing the burden on existing health systems and releasing more able-bodied people into the workforce.

Sanitation
Clean and manageable amenities and hygiene education can further prevent the spread of disease, offer a greater degree of dignity and improve living conditions overall.

Power Generation
Waste to energy plants delivering clean and sustainable power will reduce the build-up of harmful waste streams and offer the potential for community income.

Education and Knowledge Transfer
Pre-schools, schools, adult education, exchange scholarships and bilateral practical knowledge transfer will be a primary focus of all activities to help empower communities towards self-determination.

Value Chain Capture
Refineries, saw mills, and other processing facilities for Power for Good programmes will be established followed by light manufacturing and local industrial and commercial development.

Entrepreneurism
Foster business development through education and access to financial resources to enable local business leaders to emerge and drive economic growth.

International Trade
Train local resources in international commerce, facilitate interaction with global markets and help communities to position themselves for export to international customers.

Telecommunications
Provide rural telecommunications solutions to ensure our communities have access to modern day communications.
Facts of African Communities
  • Africa accounts for 97% of the world's burden of onchoro cerciasis (a parasitic infection), 88% of the world's burden of malaria, 78% of its schistosomiasis burden, and 52% of its trachoma burden
  • About 90% of the annual global rate of deaths from malaria occur in Africa south of the Sahara
  • Malaria causes at least 300 million cases of acute illness each year
  • Mortality due to malaria increased by 27% between 1990 and 2002, going from 926,000 people to 1,272,000
  • The disease costs Africa more than US$12 billion annually and slows economic growth in African countries by 1.3% a year
Source: UNESCO, World Water Assessment Programme
People are the real wealth of a nation.
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