1. Swedish Christmas Dinner Fundraiser

Join us on Saturday, Dec. 3!  Click on the Donate button and enter $75 times the number of guests (e.g $150 for two persons).  In the Comments field, enter "Fundraiser -- Meat"  or "Fundraiser -- Vegetarian"  To get a copy of the flyer, go to the Facebook page of Project Hope and Fairness.  Questions?  Call Tom at 805-441-6727.  Also, please note that PayPal has changed its interface.  When you click on the Donate button, you will see "0.00"  and a blinking cursor.  Do not attempt to click on the amount.  Instead, just start entering the amount. 

2. Education

In Cote d'Ivoire, over 200,000 children of cocoa farmers have never seen the inside of a school. This fund will be used (1)to build schools, (2)supply school furniture, (3)purchase school supplies, and (4)pay the fees of children whose parents cannot afford to send them to school. Specify in the comments field into which of these budgets you want your money deposited.
Left, a $4,000 roof was installed on a school in Dawayo-Chantier, Côte d'Ivoire. Middle, school furniture. Like most villages, Broguhe builds their own furniture, but they need money to buy nails and wood. Right, there are many children of cocoa farmers who could not rise to a level of development like Peter, here, who has benefited for 4 years now from donations from PH&F. He is now finishing up a Master's Degree in Switzerland.

3. Tools

I (Tom) take people with me to visit 10 villages, 5 in Ghana and 5 in Côte d'Ivoire, every August. I purchase boots in Accra, Ghana and Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire and we haul them to the villages.

Left, boots being delivered to Ebekawopa, a village north of Cape Coast, Ghana. Middle, machetes being delivered to Batteguedea, a village near Daloa, Côte d'Ivoire. Right, scale in Zereguhe. Right-Right, moisture meter, which costs $600.

4. Infrastructure

Donations to this category will be used to 1), Electrify; 2) Make freezers available; and 3) build toilets. Electrification will make it possible for women to sew clothes and sell them at the local market. Freezers can be leased from the village in order to freeze fruit juices such as the hugely popular Bissap, a vitamin-rich local beverage. In many villages, toilets are simply not available, and the woods or roads are used.

Left, freezer used to freeze Bissap for sale at the market. Middle, sewing room in Broguhe. Can only be used during the day and the machines are all treadle type because no electricity is available even though there is a pole just feet away. It costs $2500 to bring electricity from the pole to the room. Right, toilet with 15 foot deep pit. Functions also as a shower.

Our funds are used in the following way  Our administrative costs are null, so your contribution is focused on getting the job done!

  1. Travel to Africa by Tom
  2. Purchase of tools to bring to villages
  3. Infrastructure projects (e.g. wells, school roofs)
  4. Purchase of large tools that build local economy (e.g. cargo trikes, freezers, refrigerators, chocolate machines)
  5. Education-related (pens, books, lights for studying)

Our primary mission is to enhance the sustainability of West African cocoa villages. This can be done in many ways, and these are listed below. We enhance sustainability by making in-kind gifts, that is tools, and improvements in infrastructure. We also enhance sustainability by working with village officials to establish village bank accounts and earmark funds for village improvements. These include building solar dryers so that cocoa beans can be stored for months, allowing villages to sell beans at a higher price. Donations to the first three categories (Education, Tools, and Infrastructure) are for in-kind gifts. Donations to the fourth category, General Funds, helps us hire and train personnel who will meet with village chiefs and elders, working with them to establish bank accounts and earmark funds. This money also helps us deliver some of the larger tools. To donate, select the category you are interested in helping and write it in the comments field when you use PayPal. We will allocate your donation to the specific category or subcategory. Thus, if you donate to "Education" that will go into a general education fund. However, if you specify that you wish to pay school fees, the money will be allocated to the school fees budget. We encourage donations to the General Fund, because costs of shipping items and traveling to villages are very high. We try to amortize such costs by bringing the products with us on the tours, but as targeted donations increase, it becomes more and more difficult to pay distribution costs with tour sales alone.