The Eden Project: Uganda Self-Sustaining Community
20 Acre Land Purchase to Build a Self-Sustaining Children's Home and School
This might be our largest and most important project to date and we are so excited that you're interested in supporting it!
Purchasing land is the foundation of The Eden Project, which is what we're calling the opportunity to build a self-sustaining community in Jinja, Uganda.
You might be asking, "why Uganda?"
In 2006, our Founder and International Director, Dr. Kellie Cooney embraced the opportunity to serve in Uganda on a medical mission trip. Ever since then, the children of this nation, ravished by a Civil War and left orphaned and homeless have played an important role in her life. She has developed relationships with the children, the community workers, and those who care for the children now.
Oils for Orphans was a non-profit organization that Dr. Cooney formed in order to provide herbal medicines and essential oils to the children and care providers as a means for them to receive organic medicines for their primary and chronic care. Since its inception, Wellness Warrior has brought on the Oils for Orphans project and changed the name to Wellness Warrior Foundation, in order to serve a greater population of people, not just orphaned children. Understanding the need to help others build a sustainable community would free them from dependence on donations. Dr. Cooney saw this as an opportunity to not only provide herbal medicines and essential oils into these communities but to use them as a source for their financial and social independence. Hence, the Eden Project was born.
The Eden Project is not limited to this one village in Uganda, in fact, this location is going to be used as a pilot program for other projects around the globe.
The goal is simple: teach communities to become self-sustaining so their need for dependence on other(s) (communities and nations) is decreased. We are simply rebuilding small communities and equipping them with the tools necessary to rise up once again and care for their own.
The need is great, but the service and reward is greater!
This project includes the purchase of 20 acres of beautiful land in the mountains of Uganda, lush with trees, fruit trees, land for buildings including a boy's and girl's home, a one-room school that will be added onto each school year, an outdoor kitchen with eating area, matron's home, a well for clean drinking water, and an herbal medicine clinic. We will also be planting a variety of (non-GMO) fruit trees, herbs for medicine, and staple items like beans, corn, and rice for the children to eat. Animals, such as goats, cows, and chickens will graze the land and contribute to the project financially.
Currently, the 40 children cared for are living in a 3-room, extremely small home that has no doors, running water, restroom or toilet, lights, electricity, or window coverings. They have a large room adjacent to their home where they study, attend church, and have group meetings. Again, this room has no doors or windows. The property is currently being rented for $300/year but is completely unsuited for the number of children living there. The land is required in order to move forward with any additional project and your contribution is critical!
The cost for this project is $20,000 - which includes the purchase of 20 acres. The buildings will be built separately as well as the gardens, fencing, a well, and chicken coops. There will be a separate fundraiser for each of these opportunities.
The project is set up so that the herbal medicines grown on the property will be sold or bartered for by neighboring villagers and community members.
Already this project has received the attention of Uganda's department heads and is welcomed for many reasons - one of which is the praise of raising up and training future leaders who will care for their own, using the resources afforded to them from their land.
Your contribution will fund this project and we are so thankful for your willingness to give.
If you are interested in participating in person - we would love to have you join our team in February! We will be hosting numerous herbal medicine clinics and teach the staff how to make the medicines and administer them to neighboring community members. Your participation is welcomed!
funds from Kellie Cooney - moved to Mission Trip to Uganda to support Kellie Cooney - $-118 - Dec. 28, 2017
Moving Chris Cooney Donation to Mission Trip - $-500 - Dec. 28, 2017