Building Opportunity in Guatemala!

$78,380 of $80,000 goal

Raised by 75 people in 37 months
CCFC (Community Cloudforest Conservation) is a nonprofit that aleviates poverty and protects cloud forests in the central highlands of Guatemala through education, leadership training, agricultural development, reforestation, and research. The cloud forests that CCFC protect, are among the most vulnerable, valuable and biologically diverse ecosystems on earth. The tiny mountain villages that border the cloud forests are among the most impoverished in Guatemala and home to a group of indigenous Guatemalans, known as the Q'eqchi'. According to the US Aid for International Development, the human need is acute and the need for conservation is urgent.

CCFC takes a community based approach to conservation by working with the villages, families, farmers, youth and primary students that live at the edge of these great forests. Check out the website below for more information.
http://www.cloudforestconservation.org/

CCFC's ecology center, on a 1,200 acre campus, is home to two educational/training programs for youth and young women. CCFC began in a tiny thatch house on this campus. With the new facility we hope to fund, CCFC will be able to accept many more students into their educational programs. We are helping fund the last building project, which includes a large dormitory and cloud forest products processing center (jams, dried fruits, juices, and candles).

How will the money be used?
The money raiesd will be used to finish the roof,  purchase materials for the walls, and pay 7 local villagers for 7 months of work. Once we meet this goal, a generous third party has agreed to match our funds of $20,000 with an additional contribution of $10,000 if we raise it by December 31, 2016

We are a group from Ohio Dominican University who just returned from Guatemala, and lived at the center for 5 days witnessing the educational programs in action as we studied poverty and development. We have already sent $1,100 to the address below. This is an option for larger donations.
Checks payable to: CCFC
3059 Hampshire Blvd SE
Grand Rapids, MI, 49506

Why this matters to us.
This center will have impacts on the local villagers for decades to come. The income generated from products harvested on the land will create income for villagers, provide scholarships for students to continue education past elementary school, increase access to health care, encourage sustainable agricultural practices, reverse the devestation of deforestation, and most importantly empower people to support themselves in a dignified way. 

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Gaining on our goal. We are just $2,220 from reaching our year end goal. Keep us building in January of 2017. Contribute now and give Community Cloud Forest Conservation the tools needed to continue this important work.
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Friends, with only three days to go in 2016, we are have to raise $2,600 for our Build & Beyond Capital Campaign Fund. Please contribute and help us end the year on sound financial footing.
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it's Christmas day. We are just $3,011 short of our goal for 2016! So close yet so important to meet our building budget for the year.
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Progress and Payoff: thanks to you dear friends we have managed to get the roof over the part of the building before our campus population jumped to 100 on October 23. Since November 18, our campus population has been at 145 persons.
'tail' completely functional and in use.
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Vladimir Martinez
10 months ago

It's a great project , We also have a good project that doesn't need much , we'll very much appreciate your help!

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Nancy Sullivan
32 months ago

Not everyone may understand why you are calling this the "tail". Folks, it is the "tail" of the beautiful quetzal created by these unique buildings, created entirely with local labor and knowhow, (except the roof which looks like slate but is actually recycled tires, donated by the Canadian company which makes them). I am beyond thrilled to see everything under roof, with windows and doors, etc. A testament to the extraordinary work of CCFC!

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$78,380 of $80,000 goal

Raised by 75 people in 37 months
Created June 6, 2016
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JM
$100
Julie Mielke Macpherson
30 months ago
PH
$100
Paul Hoover
30 months ago
GF
$100
Glenn Forchione
30 months ago
MC
$200
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30 months ago (Offline Donation)
BH
$100
Brad Hegemann
30 months ago

Keep up the good work!

LW
$30
Linda Williams
30 months ago

AFS-Germany 86/87

$250
Nancy W Sullivan
31 months ago
DD
$100
Daagya Dick
31 months ago

I hope we can come and see the project when we are in Guate next summer! Your work continues to inspire us from afar!

LO
$150
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31 months ago (Offline Donation)
BO
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Vladimir Martinez
10 months ago

It's a great project , We also have a good project that doesn't need much , we'll very much appreciate your help!

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Nancy Sullivan
32 months ago

Not everyone may understand why you are calling this the "tail". Folks, it is the "tail" of the beautiful quetzal created by these unique buildings, created entirely with local labor and knowhow, (except the roof which looks like slate but is actually recycled tires, donated by the Canadian company which makes them). I am beyond thrilled to see everything under roof, with windows and doors, etc. A testament to the extraordinary work of CCFC!

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