One Village Planet-Women's Development Initiative

One Village Planet--Women's Development Initiative is a global-thinking, village-acting, environmental, educational, and humanitarian organization focused on sustainable development projects for rural women in Haiti and Ghana. Our approach is centered on a belief that solutions to the problems of access must be self-sustaining if they are going to succeed. Community support and involvement are integral parts of our vision.

One Village Planet-Women's Development Initiative
751 Saint Nicholas Avenue #103
% Danielle Warren
New York, New York 10031
United States
3472491975
http://www.ovp-wdi.org

Board of Directors

Stefanie Warren,Tejal Wadhwani,Jennifer Fitzgibbon,Sarah Whitlock,Wickham A Boyle,Karen Paterson,Danielle G Warren,Alison Rogers

Project Leaders

Danielle Grace Warren

Mission

One Village Planet--Women's Development Initiative is a global-thinking, village-acting, environmental, educational, and humanitarian organization focused on sustainable development projects for rural women in Haiti and Ghana. Our approach is centered on a belief that solutions to the problems of access must be self-sustaining if they are going to succeed. Community support and involvement are integral parts of our vision.

Programs

Our Work in Ghana OVP-WDI is dedicated to empowering women in the Northern Region of Ghana, involved in the shea sector as both harvesters and processors. We will literally save lives by providing protective-wear for harvesters, who are extremely vulnerable to fatal snakebites. We will build collective silos in the villages for the women to store their harvests, so they will be able to sell year-round, rather than during the harvest months only. For Processors in town, we will provide means by which they may purchase their raw materials directly from the villages. These steps will encourage self-regulated fair-trade and a direct line of communication between the two groups of women, who currently have little or no contact, fostering solidarity in their common pursuit of sustainable economic development. OVP-WDI's goal is to help these women to transform themselves into a self-sufficient collective by providing infrastructure, support, and education in business practices, and to pave wider avenues for the women of Ghana: real leverage in the multi-million dollar shea butter industry and a socio-economic model that may be extended throughout a disenfranchised population of 600,000 women. Our Work in Haiti Nowhere in this hemisphere are the environment and the state of human dignity more at risk than in Haiti. Potable water availability is among the lowest in the world and original forests are 99% eliminated. Unemployment and food insecurity are high-over fifty percent of the population lives on less than a dollar a day. To tackle this situation we created the HER (Haitian Economic Response) Cooperative Farming project as an extension of our Women's Resource Center in Derac, built in 2003 to provide the women in this former labor camp with the resources they need to care for their families. The HER Cooperative has been an overwhelming success and we are now establishing a model Institute for Sustainability that will incorporate cutting edge bio-fuel and water-making technologies to create increased access to water, food, education, and income for 500 HER Cooperative women and their families.

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