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The Conscious Connections Foundation (CCF) is a 501(c)3 public charity organization founded in September of 2014. CCF came about as earlier relief projects that had been carried out under the non-profit umbrella of the Fabric of Life Foundation grew and necessitated the establishment of a separate non-profit. CCF’s programs have been in effect in Nepal since 2010, but they draw on the experience and connections built by CCF Chairwoman Denise Attwood and Board Member Ric Conner over their 30+ years of working in Nepal as owners of Ganesh Himal Trading, a Fair Trade import company as well as the in country knowledge of Nepali born board member and clinic co-founder Sita Gurung.
Initially, CCF was established to promote and develop the education of young girls through the “Power of 5” program and to provide primary health care to the remote village of Baseri and its neighbors through the Baseri Clinic Project. However, in the aftermath of the April 25th earthquake in Nepal, CCF utilized its preexisting connections and resources to launch several Earthquake Relief Projects as well.
Nepal Earthquake Relief
Following the devastating earthquake of April 25th and its numerous aftershocks, the Conscious Connections Foundation is raising money to help communities in Nepal with emergency relief and rebuilding. These communities and producers are our family with whom we have worked for 30 years. CCF in partnership with Ganesh Himal Trading will help them to rebuild their lives, homes and their businesses. 100% of donations made to CCF for earthquake relief will go directly to Nepal.
The Power of 5
What happens when a Nepali girl isn’t in school? She is 3X more likely to be married before the age of 18, she stays home, she has children at an early age, and the traditional cycle of exclusion that keeps girls disengaged from leadership continues. A lack of education for these girls means a lack of options. LET’S GET GIRLS EDUCATED & GIVE THEM OPTIONS! To pursue children’s access to education, CCF partners directly with the Association For Craft Producers with the aim of helping children learn and thrive! We hope to encourage people to get involved and inspire a passion for making a difference in the world. Ultimately we want children to feel secure that they will receive a full education.
CCF Earthquake Response Research
Over the course of 2015, and as a result the April 25th Nepal earthquake, the Conscious Connections Foundation (CCF) collected close to $220,000 in donations to its Earthquake Relief Projects (ERPs). As this was the largest financial and logistical undertaking in the history of CCF, an evaluation into these ERPs was called for in order to insure transparency, reliability, and accountability to donors and beneficiaries alike.
As of March 2016, the Foundation’s ERPs were valued at approximately $78,400. This report covers projects completed and those in progress. The reconstruction of the Deurali Community Service Center has been the largest single expenditure of CCF resources and has been allocated a budget of $60,000. Remaining funds will be allocated as continuing projects evolve and future projects are identified.
This report evaluates the implementation and impact of the Foundation’s assistance and assesses individual projects in order to determine what worked well, what can be improved and how CCF projects can provide the greatest future value for donors, partners and beneficiaries. Report methodologies included field surveys, meetings with implementing partners, and extensive interviews with beneficiaries. Surveying identified several key needs common to a majority of earthquake victims which should be considered by CCF in any future ERPs: warmth, shelter, community infrastructure, food, and emergency communications.