Contents

Testimonials ………………………………………….. i

Foreword …………………………………………..…. xix

Preface ………………………………………………... 1

Acknowledgements …………………………………... 13

Introduction……………….………………….……….. 15

 

PART ONE …………………………………..………. 23

Learning from Impoverished Communities

· Living in extreme poverty

· Islands of prosperity—a new concept

 

PART TWO …………………………...……….…….. 51

An Alternative to  Past Failures — Sustainable

Family Communities (SFCs)

Principles and considerations …………………… 55

· Countries relying on healthy communities

· Building the antithesis of poverty

· Searching for a better community model

Design …………………………………………… 63

· Designing a sustainable community

· A closer look at sustainability

· Where these communities are appropriate

· Vision of Our Family Orphan Communities

· Goals of a Sustainable Family Community

Operations ……………………………………….. 77

· Structure and governance of SFCs

1. Our Family Orphan Communities (O.F.O.C.)

2. Country Leadership Organization (CLO)

3. Communities

· Decision making and controls

Financials ………………………………………... 85

· Financial model

· Funding of SFC construction

· Community size limit

 

PART THREE ………………………….…………….... 95

Implementing Sustainable Family Communities

Phase 1 - Preparation and Planning …………..…...…. 99

· Presentation to introduce the Community

· Need-want assessment

· Government support and collaboration

· Country Leadership Organization (CLO)

· Implementation team

· Community ownership

· Site-specific design

· Support structure

· Selection and training of business workers

· Planning for selection and training of residents

· Volunteer organization

 

Phase 2 - Acquisition of Land and Installing Initial

  Infrastructure ……………..….………………………. 99

· Acquisition of land

· Water for the Community

· Energy for the Community

· Biomass waste conversion

· Sanitation system

· Gray water and irrigation

· Parking and roads

 

Phase 3 - Establishing the Economy …….…………… 119

· Cellular lightweight concrete blocks

· Aquaponics, aquaculture and greenhouse

· Farming/agriculture

· Apartments/flats/temporary housing

· Job-skills training

· Maintenance

· Security and safety

 

Phase 4 - Small Business Creation ……..……….….... 135

· Administration

· Stores, shops and small businesses

· Boutique/eco hotel

· RV park and camping

· Healthcare services

· Credit union/micro-finance

· Service learning/volunteer experience

· Workshop on building SFCs

· Other potential businesses

 

Phase 5 - Families — Selection and Assimilation ….... 151

· Single-family homes

· Park and children’s playground

· Education

· Adoption services

· Recreation and sports facilities

· Activities and cultural center

· Spiritual center

· Food forest and permaculture gardens

 

Phase 6 - Scaling, Replication and Support ……....… 165

· National and international support

· International digital network of resources and information about SFCs 

· Growth of the network internationally

· Scalability of the initiative

 

PART FOUR ………………………….……………... 171

Bringing It All together

· Benefits, opportunities and potential

· Summary

 

Appendix ….………………………………………...... 181

· Frequently asked questions — FAQ

· Corporate guiding values

· Article

 

Contact information ……………………………...…. 201

 

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