Changemaker Nomination: International Proxy Parents

Here we go with 2013 Changemaker Nominations suggested by chocolate lovers like you! 

Congratulations to International Proxy Parentsinternationalproxyparents.com

Here’s what Vered has to say about this fearless organization:

“This non-profit organization strives to help less-privileged children in the Caribbean island of Jamaica. It’s a small organization, which struggles to fundraise in order to better the lives of children residing in children’s homes in the island, as well as supporting excelling school students whose families are unable to meet the required school expenses.
The donation will make possible the support of more students who are ambitious and talented, as well as improving the lives of children in the supported children’s homes.”

A little more info:

“The International Proxy Parents (IPP) was founded in 1980 and incorporated in Jamaica under the provisions of the Companies Act, exclusively for the purpose of charity. The mission of IPP is to relieve poverty, suffering and distress among the less privileged children in Jamaica and to provide financial assistance for their education and well being.”

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People say the nicest things!

We couldn’t resist sharing this really nice email we got recently…

“Just a quick note to say THANK YOU. I discovered your product over the weekend at our local Earth Fare market. My chocolate-buying specifications included: at least 72% organic cacao, gluten-free, soy-free, and preferably dairy-free. With most products containing soy lecithin, I had nearly resigned myself to rarely eating chocolate again. Not only am I pleased to discover that Fearless had met my “requirements,” I am over the moon at the quality of the product, the packaging, and the commitment to provide a portion of the proceeds to the broader community. The Fearless Chocolate brand has won my support and endorsement, and I will be eagerly recommending your products to all of my friends and chocolate lovers.”

Chocolate Love all around!

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Fearless Chocolate at EXPO WEST 2013 Booth 2302

Later this week, March 8–10, Fearless Chocolate will once again be showing at the Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, Booth #2302.

This year we’re launching a new line of bite-size Fearless Chocolate morsles that will be available in five flavors: MidnightExploding CoconutGreen Tea Mint85% Deepest Dark, and NEW Fair Trade Coffee.

We’ll also be sampling prototypes of our new Fair Trade Coffee full-size bar, made with ethically sourced beans from Oaxaca, Mexico.

Come by our booth to pick up a Show Special coupon offering 10% – 20% off wholesale and online purchases.

See you there!

Fearless

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Changemaker Nomination: Food Shift

Next in our series of 2012 Changemaker Nominations suggested by a chocolate lover! 

Congratulations to Food Shiftwww.foodshift.net

Here’s what Dana has to say about this fearless organization:

“40% of all the food produced in the United States is wasted. This unnecessary waste has huge social, financial, and environmental consequences. Americans are throwing out the equivalent of $165 billion each year in food and it is costing $750 million per year for disposal. Each time food goes uneaten, all the resources that went into producing, processing, packaging, and transporting that food are wasted too. This means huge amounts of chemicals, energy, land and 25% of all freshwater in the U.S. is used to produce food that is thrown away.

Additionally, most uneaten food rots in landfills where it accounts for almost 25% of U.S. methane emissions. Given the resources demanded for food production, the increasing realities of climate change, and the fact that 50 million Americans are food insecure, it is critical that we reduce waste and use global resources more responsibly.

Food Shift is working to solve this major yet rarely addressed problem through education, the creation of a cross sector national network, and by developing and supporting sustainable community-based solutions that reduce waste and provide opportunity.”

A little more info:

“Food Shift is an Earth Island Institute sponsored project dedicated to building a more just and sustainable food system that curbs waste, empowers communities, respects the environment and nourishes all. Food Shift educates and empowers consumers, businesses and communities by increasing awareness about food waste and inspiring food related behavior change. By trimming our waste and diverting food loss, we can feed the hungry, create jobs, combat global warming, conserve natural resources, and cultivate more sustainable communities.”

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Changemaker Nomination: Tiny Drops

Next in our series of 2012 Changemaker Nominations suggested by a chocolate lover! 

Congratulations to Tiny Drops Hip Hop Centertinydrops.org

Here’s what Radhika has to say about this fearless organization:

“This group supports low-income kids in India to practice their passion : hip hop dance & culture. They are trying to open community centers so that kids have a space to invest their energy and grow their art and culture while having access to mentorship on life skills, computer lab, production equipment, etc.”

A little more info:

“Tiny drops hip hop community center, Khirkee extension, New Delhi : Dharavi, Mumbai – a space for kids in the ‘hood to practice, learn and innovate on hip hop dance & culture. gathering a fierce crew of 8–18 year old break dancers, rappers, graffiti writers and artists committed to learning, exploring, and enterprising together.

Tiny drops is a safe, communal space led by talented artists and mentors who serve as positive role models, engage youth with respect and love, and facilitate and encourage meaningful, visionary work.”

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Changemaker Nomination: The Cookbook Project

Next in our series of 2012 Changemaker Nominations suggested by a chocolate lover! 

Congratulations to The Cookbook Projectwww.thecookbookproject.org

Here’s what Alissa has to say about this fearless organization:

“I am nominating the organization that I helped to found, called The Cookbook Project. We are an international food culture and cooking education non-profit based in the USA. We use experiential education to teach youth around the world about healthy eating through local foods, and we train community leaders to spread our unique curriculum. Right now, Chronic-lifestyle related disease is becoming the next worldwide epidemic, with obesity, diabetes, and heart disease affecting not only older folks, but younger people as well. Shockingly, this is happening at an alarming rate in not only the USA, but in the developing countries where we are working as well.

We believe that food is the best preventative medicine, and our curriculum supports eating only WHOLE, REAL FOODS. One of the main components of our curriculum is a Food Literacy module that focuses on learning about ingredients, whole foods, and label reading.

Fearless Chocolate is SUCH an inspiration, not only because you produce an AMAZING and DELICIOUS product, but because your intentions from product recipe, to sourcing, to creation are based on sustainability for health and the environment.

Thanks for what you do either way, and we hope that Fearless will consider supporting The Cookbook Project as a changemaker!

Be Well,
Alissa Bilfield
Executive Director”

A little more info:

“The Cookbook Project is all about supporting health for the individual and the planet throughexperiential food-based education. We are aligned with the goals of the Slow Food Movement and the Food Justice Movement.  We work with a variety of organizations to help make the connection between access to fresh and healthy foods and education. One of the CBP’s central goals is to provide educational workshops in local communities in order to bridge the gap between access to fresh, local food, and knowledge of culturally relevant food preparation. Interestingly, grassroots research on next steps for the Food Justice movement have shown that providing access is not enough — interactive experiential education on nutrition and food preparation are crucial if the Food Justice Movement is to achieve its goals.”

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Changemaker Nomination: Christopher Kilner of the Woape Foundation

Next in our series of 2012 Changemaker Nominations suggested by a chocolate lover! 

Congratulations to Christopher Kilner of the Woape Foundationwoapefoundation.org

Here’s what Maura has to say about this fearless person and organization:

“Here is a (at the time) 17 year old who went to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota to do service.  The experience changed him profoundly and he said he needed to do something to effect change.  He immediately went to work and created the Woape Foundation.  Mind you, he did this by himself while also maintaining a 4.08 GPA as a senior in HS, Rowing, and applying to colleges.  He can be contacted through the Foundation.”

A little more info:

“The [Woape Foundation's] Woyute Campaign is an effort to provide healthy food and education to Native American children. Currently, the goal is to build a Geodesic Greenhouse Dome large enough to support the tight-knit community on the Pine Ridge Reservation. The greenhouse will allow for a large amount of fresh produce to be grown year round in it’s 1,300 square feet of space, while also providing an educational experience for the children and families on the Reservation.
The first goal is to allow for another, newer, medium for those on the Reservation to obtain healthier, organic produce, as the consumers continue to fight against obesity, diabetes, and general malnourishment.

The second goal of this project is to educate the children attending The Red Cloud School and Our Lady of Lourdes in healthy eating and sustainable growing while also serving as a new medium to explore the disciplines of mathematics, biology, chemistry, and physics.

A third goal of this project is to allow for a protected area in which those on the reservation can grow threatened native plants and store the seeds of these plants in a seed bank, which can then be opened if the population of native plants ever needs to be replenished or bolstered.

A fourth goal of this project is to store seeds of the plants grown in the dome in a seed bank and distribute these seeds (tomato, cucumber, blackberry, etc…) to households on the reservation, which can then begin growing these organic plants.

A fifth goal of this project is to continue the movement towards sustainable, earth friendly, organic, and carbon neutral agriculture and construction.”

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Changemaker Nomination: Helen Samuels of Eko Habitat

Next in our series of 2012 Changemaker Nominations suggested by a chocolate lover! 

Congratulations to Helen Samuels of Eko Habitatwww.ekohabitat.org

Here’s what Teri and Brian have to say about this fearless organization:

“Helen Samuels is an amazing person. She has helped build bridges between indigenous communities, taught children in Mexico how to survive in the dumps they were living in (including sustainable practices for growing food and how to make solar ovens), helped out in Haiti when the earthquake struck and much more. Please take a look at her bio on her site and also check out the videos there as well. Please consider her. She is a fiesty angel here on the Earth and she could use some help right now. Thank you!” — Teri

“Helen is 66 and has dedicated her life to creating and inspiring change in others. She is among a rare group of innovative and courageous social entrepreneurs who are changing the way the world views solutions to our environmental and social challenges. With dogged determination, compassionate action and hands-on grassroots organizing, Helen, an ASHOKA Fellow, has spent more than 30 years and visited over 25 countries inspiring and supporting youth with projects mainly in Mexico and the United States. Devoted particularly to fostering self-generated solutions to the poverty and social devastation in and around urban settlements and rural areas. Her passion particularly extends to the “4th SECTOR” — the massive and fastest growing social sector of urban youth worldwide who are struggling with the day to day survival facing the challenges of POST-Development. Traditionally national development strategies all too often do not consider the youth as stakeholders and active promoters of their own well-being. In order to advance, the youth must invent their own future and Helen is there to hand them the tools. Her dedicated efforts have lead to the creation of more than 150 youth-run projects which have hence spawned an additional 500 community based projects themselves as they have replicated their sustainable practices through other local and global networks. In the last 20 years Helen has also committed to facilitating events that promote the protection and restoration of traditional native cultures and the promotion of sustainability practices with the.

Helen facilitates projects generated by youth leaders who strive to offer their community an answer to poverty, violence, environmental collapse, despair and crime. She is creating an extensive support network of adult and youth mentors to inspire and train the youth in alternative technologies and sustainable practices while inculcating a philosophy of living with respect and in balance with Earth’s life supporting systems. Helen and her network of caring adults have worked alongside the youth to enable their productive efforts as they craft a sustainable future.

Helen has altered the way the media, decision-makers, and others perceive urban and native youth cultures, as well as the way the youth perceive themselves.

Examples of Helen’s leadership in the international scene includes the co-creation of ‘Earth Crew’ with Los Angeles based Graffiti artists & ‘Urban Courage,’ a coalition of youth from gangs who became the first to present innovative community improvement projects with the perspective of urban youth at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, the Global Forum in Manchester as well as participation in the New York PREPCOMs and Habitat II conference in Istanbul. Urban Courage won three 1st place awards for ‘Youth Best Practices’ and was invited by the United Nations Youth Unit to attend the World Youth Forum in Vienna, where they received a grant from Japan to create a community youth center in Mexico City.

In recent years, her community‐building activities have resulted in the creation and replication of ‘Green Dome Projects’ — a consortium of environmental groups from the U.S. and Mexico which was launched in 2004 with the collaboration and support of Hanne Strong and the Manitou Foundation in Colorado. The first Green Dome EXPO and was featured at the EDC Sponsored Youth Employment Summit in Veracruz, Mexico. In 2006, the Green Dome Project was a co-creator of the Alternative World Water Forum in Mexico City along with GYAN‐Mexico, Tierra Viva and Organi-K.

The momentum of these activities is exploding, with numerous invitations from other expositions and youth-led groups worldwide.
The following are links to a few of her projects and affiliations:
www.ashoka.org/fellow/3790
www.pbs.org/kcet/globaltribe/voices/voi_samuels.html ” — Brian

Check out the website:

“The purpose of Eko-Habitat is to provide a 21st Century creative ‘space’ where youth can network and explore attainable sustainable solutions for an improved future, share their common goals and practices as well as be exposed to the most effective environmental and social solutions available from around the globe.”

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Changemaker Nomination: The Arc New London County

Next in our series of 2012 Changemaker Nominations suggested by a chocolate lover! 

Congratulations to The Arc New London County: thearcnlc.org

Here’s what Jon has to say about this fearless organization:

“The New London County is a non profit that provides individualized supports, services, and advocacy to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities to help facilitate their full participation and inclusion in the communities of Southeastern Connecticut. The New London Arc has provided these services for 60 years.”

A little more info:

“The Arc New London County is a non-profit organization founded in 1952 by families looking for opportunities for their children. The Arc today serves over 550 individuals of all ages, offering advocacy, employment opportunities, life skills training, recreation, residences and person-centered, community based services.

Vision: People with intellectual and developmental disabilities supported by The Arc New London County are full participating members of their communities.”

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Changemaker Nomination: Oglala Lakota Cultural & Economic Revitalization Initiative

Next in our series of 2012 Changemaker Nominations suggested by a chocolate lover! 

Congratulations to Oglala Lakota Cultural & Economic Revitalization Initiative: www.olceri.org

Here’s what Jonathan has to say about this fearless organization:

“With the arrival of the Europeans on the American continents so began the destruction of a culture that was committed to the Earth as a sacred entity.  Today, after hundreds of years of oppression, re-education internment camps, political murders, and other untold trauma experiences the culture of the Oglala Lakota is beginning to be reborn.  A culture based on absolute responsibility to the earth and psycho-spritual development of the individual and the tribe is re-emerging.  Lets support this rebirth!”

A little more info:

“Our Mission
…is to create and facilitate the conditions for resilience, self-sufficiency, economic independence and cultural revitalization amongst the Lakota at Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota.

Our Programs
…are far reaching, covering every facet of life on the rez. We start with the creation of a demonstration site on an 8000 acre horse ranch that will be totally self-sufficient in energy, food, water and sustainable shelter. This will be the center for educational and economic interaction with the reservation. Seeing is believing and it is important to demonstrate effective, affordable and doable ways of growing food, building homes, and providing energy and water sustainably.”

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