Plant 100 Hectares, Support 100 Families in Choco

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Plant 100 Hectares, Support 100 Families in Choco
Plant 100 Hectares, Support 100 Families in Choco
Plant 100 Hectares, Support 100 Families in Choco
Plant 100 Hectares, Support 100 Families in Choco
Plant 100 Hectares, Support 100 Families in Choco
Plant 100 Hectares, Support 100 Families in Choco
Plant 100 Hectares, Support 100 Families in Choco
Plant 100 Hectares, Support 100 Families in Choco
Plant 100 Hectares, Support 100 Families in Choco
Plant 100 Hectares, Support 100 Families in Choco
Plant 100 Hectares, Support 100 Families in Choco
Plant 100 Hectares, Support 100 Families in Choco
Plant 100 Hectares, Support 100 Families in Choco
Plant 100 Hectares, Support 100 Families in Choco
Plant 100 Hectares, Support 100 Families in Choco
Plant 100 Hectares, Support 100 Families in Choco
Plant 100 Hectares, Support 100 Families in Choco
Plant 100 Hectares, Support 100 Families in Choco
Plant 100 Hectares, Support 100 Families in Choco

Dear friends!

We had planned to start the project on March 2021. As such, we had a meeting with the entire Project formulation and planning committee on Thursday February 25th 2021 to discuss resources and next steps. Putting all the financial resources together, and considering the scope of the project (including agroforestry, capacity building, economic development, gender equality, and children and youth environmental education), we have gathered about 55% of the required total project funds. 

After deliberation with the committee, it was decided to make an extra effort to gather the additional funds before starting the implementation of the project, in order to deliver on our initial commitments and manage expectations from project beneficiaries and community participants. We will therefore be undergoing intensive fund-raising efforts for this project over the next 30-45 days, with the expectation to start implementation within 45-90 days at the latest. Proceeding in this manner will allow us to maintain the initial scope of the project and not have to cut out any core activities or beneficiaries. We already downsized to bring the budget down to a bare minimum, but we must make sure that quality is never compromised. We will ensure to deliver on our commitments to our donors and supporters, rest assured that the project will contain all the components we have set out to include from the beginning! 

Thank you for your interest, generosity and support, and we look forward to reporting back soon with some great news!

Sincerely,

Andrei Stoica  

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Hello dear ones!

Here is a quick update about the project. We have obtained some funding from a new donor and have set to begin the project's activities in January 2021. We have consulted with our local partners and they feel confident that we'll be able to begin on this date. For the last few months, we've acquired a new team of volunteer grant research writers that have been researching extensively for new funding opportunities, and we are pursuing several leads at the moment. We want to make sure there is enough financing to cover the project's activities for the entire first year 2021-2022, and then as a next step we will start securing funding for 2022-2023. It is important to note that we are fully committed to every aspect of this project: from reforestation, to gender equality, to economic and community development, to empowering children and youth. Therefore, it must be noted that no aspect of these activities will be sacrificed, and we are absolutely committed to seeing them all through. We are therefore continuing to acquire new resources that help us get additional funding. 

Thank you all for your unwavering, long-term support, and we will continue to keep you posted as things advance!

Best regards,

Andrei Stoica

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Hello dear friends!

I am happy to provide a project report to our supporters and stakeholders.

The COVID-19 pandemic slowed us down in terms of getting funding for the project, since some of our recent fundraising activities were focused on big events (Reforestation symposiums, community events) and these had to be cancelled. We have learned and adapted our model in consequence, to diversify our stream of funding.

We are happy to report that we have an investor who's pledged to fund about 20% of the project total cost. With what we have raised in crowdfunding with GlobalGiving, this brings us to about 25% of project value covered, which is great news! We are working out with some new investors to get an additional 20%, so we can start the activities. Our timeline is still for next month, by end of August 2020 to start implementation. We are therefore in an intensive grant research and fundraising period this month and next to get this project started, and are extremely appreciative of your ongoing support! 

We have learned through this pandemic to become more resilient and diversify our funding efforts, and we are as committed to this project as on day 1.

Thank you all so much for your support, kind words and patience as we work together to make our beautiful project in the Choco a reality!

Sincerely,

Andrei Stoica

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Dear friends!

Here is the latest project report. First off, we really appreciate your unwavering support and generosity. Thanks to you we have raised 95% of the goal that we had set on GlobalGiving, which was 10,000$USD. We are immensely grateful and assure you that thanks to your donations our project in the Choco, Colombia will be an outstanding success and a model for future reforestation projects in the region.

We have just finished the translation and proofreading by a specialized professional of the official project proposal (which was 56+ pages long) from Spanish to English, and thanks to this document we will submit the proposal for Government funding. In addition, we are seeking out funding from private investors and companies. We had delays with our plantation start date because we really need about 250,000USD to start the project, since it is big and ambitious in the sense that it includes reforestation, economic development and food security, and gender equality, among other things. Our new plantation start date is set for August 2020, but as soon as we find sufficient funding we can start right away! All our project partners are ready to go in Colombia and we have all the approvals and legal aspects taken care of. If you are aware of any big investors who would be interested in helping us fund the remaining portion of the project, please do not hesitate to reach out to us!

We will keep you posted and will work diligently and tirelessly to get the remaining funding and get things started!

Warm regards,

Andrei Stoica

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Good day!

I have the great pleasure of providing a report on our activities for the Choco reforestation project. On November 23 a socialization session was held in the Choco with all the community representatives from all the regions related to the reforestation area. Victor Mosquera, our main agroforestry director, presented the details of the project and responded to questions from the public. I was also present and provided comments and suggestions and responded to concerns from the audience. We are happy to report that the project received the signature from all the community representatives, allowing us to use the community's land to conduct reforestation. We are therefore good to go and all legal requirements have been met! We are waiting for some corporate funding to begin reforestation activities. Once the funding is in, in the next few months (January is when corporate sponsorships are concluded) we will be able to begin planting trees, empowering the community and women and girls economically and helping to fight climate change!

Thank you for your attention and support.

Warm regards,

Andrei Stoica

CEO & Founder

Sustinere Global

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