Our NGO in Africa — Soaring Eagles
"This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine, let it shine, let it shine, let it shine..."
Every child is born with a Divine Light inside. We are born to be co-creators with our Creator. Why, then, are we destroying our earth?
You can't blame corporations and governments, or even the top 1% of humans who perhaps own most of the world through the global banking system.
You have the power to see and access your own strengths, your integrity. You choose how others treat you. It is each one of us, individually, making the choice for light or dark, for freedom or slavery.
Sadly our educational system is teaching children to be puppets in a global economy that's destroying our planet.
Watch this TED talk – The World Becomes What You Teach – with Zoe Weil of the Institute for Humane Education (HumaneEducation.org):
Very few people are teaching children how to create a new world.
My friend Mark and I decided to do just that, starting right from where we live, in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
Our Teaching Goals
Our goal is to identify leaders amongst the African children, and help them to be changemakers.
There's two kinds of leaders — those who buy-in, and those who drop-out. We plan to find leaders aged around ten,
- before they are fully brainwashed and buy-in — "I must get a good job in this economy to be rich."
- or before they develop self-sabotaging beliefs and drop-out — "I must rob someone to be rich."
We'll ask teachers to identify both their class leaders and their class disrupters. To these children, we'll show them a third path — create completely new structures.
Our young leaders will participate in lessons-via-tablet — online classes taught by experts in a field.
And come together in leadership camps run by Mark.
The online classes are to learn solutions. The camps are to practice these solutions, so each child has a chance to grow in the fruits of the spirit.
"The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control."—Galatians 5:22 (NIV)
Our Own School
Our goal is to raise sufficient funds to buy farmland and build our own residential high school for a select few young leaders who don't have a home, such as AIDS orphans.
We don't envision a big school — say two residences, one for boys and one for girls. We'd rather use funds to buy tablets for young leaders across South Africa.
This school will be the venue for our summer camps. It'll enable peer-to-peer learning, for instance, teenagers (residents) teaching teenagers (visitors) how to grow organic food and eat plant-strong.
With the Garden Tower, children can grow 50 leafy green plants like cabbage and spinach in 4 sq.ft.
I feel that our cause is to identify smart young children who show leadership qualities (puppies with big paws) — focusing on those who do not have the resources to reach their full potential.
We train them and give them the opportunity to excel at college and go on to become world changers.
I do feel we want to influence the cream who will be able to influence the world — soar like eagles... not grovel on the ground like turkeys!
I want to guide them to think outside the box, be full of love, and desiring peace on earth!
My vision is to teach our children to value each person's uniqueness (and God-given dignity) and to applaud that person in their teeniest step forward.
Mark already does this at his pre-school, Little Eagles. Everyone gets a prize at their year-end concert, and a certificate praising their unique talents.
A true leader is one who brings everyone else along with her or him. No one gets left behind.
As the physicists have discovered, we are all one.
Online Classes—Teaching Solutions
"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete."—R. Buckminster Fuller
There is a solution to every problem. This is what we'll teach our young leaders.
To end poverty we can:
- Stop private banks from controlling the supply and distribution of money;
- Move away from privately-owned banks, toward public banks and cooperative banks.
In the agricultural field, we can:
- Move away from Big Agribusiness monoculture farms with their life-destroying GMO's and pesticides;
- Move toward small-scale organic permaculture farms that research shows is the only way to feed us all in a healthy & sustainable way;
- Begin by growing an edible garden in our own back yard, or a nearby lot.
In institutions like government, corporations and NGO's, we can:
- Move away from centralized hierarchical government with its built-in corruption;
- Move toward network governance where every stakeholder has a vote in the network.
In our own homes and families, we can:
- Move away from addiction to SFS drug (Sugar Fat Salt) — fast foods and factory foods that don't look like anything in Nature, sold to us for profit;
- Move toward fresh organic fruits & vegetables straight from Nature, given freely to us by God to divinely nourish our body-minds.
I've written a book to raise funds for Soaring Eagles. We plan to self-publish this book toward the end of 2016.
Our trust is that this book (and its 3-minute youtube video) will go viral so that we can finance the tablets, classes, and summer camps of our young leaders. And, God willing, a rural residential school.
Mark Upman is the pastor of Summerstrand Community Church. He's also a builder. He and his wife Mercia have raised two girls to be outstanding leaders in provincial (State) and national teams. Their little boy is well on his way to do likewise. Mark's facebook page is here.
Mark and Mercia launched Little Eagles at their church, a pre-school and after-school care center for 200+ children.
Little Eagles began with 4 children in a garage. Today it's an impressive school building (which Mark built) accommodating all the teachers and children.
At the start, for fundraising purposes, Soaring Eagles will be a division of Mark's church which is already a registered non-profit — until it justifies forming its own NGO.
For donations, please email Mark at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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We already have everything we need! Now is the season for giving