“Root the Tree” Campaign

Thanks to many generous contributors, our recent crowdfunding campaign was a huge success!

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Drums for Development launched a crowdfunding campaign in the winter of 2014 to raise money for purchasing land in Togo, West Africa so we can begin to build InTerraTree. A locally-owned ecovillage and education center, InTerraTree will create a thriving model for sustainable community development through cross-cultural creativity and collaboration. To learn more about InTerraTree and our volunteer trips to the site in winter 2015, visit www.interratree.org

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Sego on the newly purchased land (with banana trees growing in the background!)

Sego on the newly purchased land (with banana trees growing in the background!)

What we have accomplished so far

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We raised over $5,000, an amount that will go a long way in Africa. We have already been able to purchase 1 hectare (2.2 acres) of lush tropical land located just outside the city of Kpalime in Togo, West Africa. The site is ideal because it is close enough to the city for ease of travel and an abundance of tourists coming through, yet far enough away that the beautiful forest can surround you. Indeed, our choice of this land was strategic. We want InTerraTree put a halt to the urban sprawl of Kpalime, and offer surrounding farmers an alternative to the economic and food system model of globalization that is encroaching upon traditional way of life in Africa. We want the people to see that there is a different choice – one that creates real wealth, values the environment, and gives people back their sovereignty.

But we are not done yet!

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Now the landowner has cut us a deal, saying that we only need to raise $3,000 more to have access to the remaining of this 20 acre site. With the extra money we will be able to begin developing the entirety of the InTerraTree land – into an ecovillage and sustainability education center owned and operated by the local community. Any contribution you can make to enable us to begin working the rest of the InTerraTree land would be greatly appreciated.

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We would like to publicly recognize all those who have contributed to our “Root the Tree” Campaign
We are infinitely grateful for your support in the initial phases of making InTerraTree a reality.
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Anne Lucas, Kim Vincelette, Kayleigh Banks, Clinton Callahan, Bob & Joy Tina, Amber Johnston, Cynthia Tina, Brendan Rodger, Bill & Nina Warren, Volker Sitte, Craig Bevan, Kristin Mueller-Popkes, John & Gail Ferney, Peg & Norb Beck, Rose O’Donnell, Grietje Müller-Popkes, Flavio Fernandes, Terry Mollner, William & Marian Harman, Richard Kennedy, Catherine Plourde, Mildred Grey, AJ Perron, Margot Murphy, Caroline Cohen, Lisa Ferney, Rodney & Sharon Coleman, Wiebke & Dieter Uhlig-Popkes, Leonard Tina, Michael Bloomfield, Susan Webber, Michael & Ulrike Joyce, Zayda Vallejo & Robert Lenhardt, Carlene & Doug Craib, Heidemarie Schoenbrunner, David Waters, Gino Dellomo, Dave Herbert, John Brande, Michael Johnson, Richard LeBranti, Edward Scollan, Max Newlon, Klaus Buchele, Chad & Jessica Paddock, Jake Craig, Julie Knievel, Mitzi Borren, Scott Beibin, Butch & Gina Paddock, Diana Dragon, Frank Heiss, Cathy Batista, Satya Shiva, Linda Joseph, Justin Pearson, L Lines, Richard Peterson, Mary Chapin, Dan Kasper, Bruce Davidson, Hannes Steinhilber, Mac Rood, Robin Jacobi, Jae Sabol, Laura Baquero, Michael Crigler, Celia McKibben, Jesse Goldman, Summer Blake, Philip Barrar, Louis Fazzina, Kira Taylor-Hoar, Jupiter Robinson, Lawrence Miglialo, Adam Petrillo, Faith Roque, Cynthia Perez, Rubén Muñoz, Chloe Buzzotta, Clemens Raasch & Merten Raasch
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