Fight For The Forgotten

Featured on The Today Show, Jimmy Kimmel, JRE & TMZ. 1. Slave Liberation 2. Rainforest Preservation 3. Wildlife Conservation. A FIGHT for my family!
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Justin Wren
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Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas
United States
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Great Summary Video

(News Highlights Jimmy Kimmel, TMZ, The Today Show)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GLjHaSU6jE

 

TMZ Interview

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rko9pgTQSE

 

Right This Minute (Interview)

http://www.rightthisminute.com/video/update-african-children-get-first-glimpse-white-dude

 

From The Today Show

http://www.today.com/video/today/50987609

 

The Main video went viral & received over 500,000 YouTube hits in just 24 hours! I hope it brought a big smile to your face and some warmth to your heart!

 

Fight For The Forgotten

 

The Vision

  1. Slave Liberation

  2. Rainforest Preservation

  3. Wildlife Conservation

 

 

More Than Probable

 

$50,000 sounds like a lot but it will do more than you could possibly imagine! 

 

What 50k will do:

 

  • 1,000 Slaves Set FREE (Men, Women, & Children)

  • 300 Acres of Rainforest Protected

  • School Built

  • Teacher & Headmaster Paid

  • Wildlife saved from poaching

  • Pygmy Culture cultivated

  • Water Well freshly flowing

  • Corn and beans started growing

  • Sustainable way of life begun

 

 

 

The Possible!

 

What $200,000-$250,000 will do

 

  • 3,000-5,000 Slaves Liberated (Men, Women & Children) 

  • 5 km2 (5 square km’s) of Protected Rainforest!

  • Mass of wildlife saved from illegal poaching

  • Pygmy Culture saved from extinction

  • Water Wells, tanks, & sanitation

  • Nutritious Crops growing (Super Fruits)

  • Tilapia Ponds Stocked (Aquaponics System Started)
  • Eco-Dome Homes Technology Began (Incredible Upgrade)

  • Self-Sustaining, Shalom University Research Center (on land with year round development students)

  • Self-Sufficient, Self-Sustaining Society Started & Thriving!

 

 

Quick Story:

He was dead... And he laid lifeless in my hands. No one was surprised to see little Andibo die, except me. In this far away land it is common to try and hurry to forget these casual & common tragedies. My Pygmy family told me Andibo was just one of many innocent infants to die of preventable disease. The one-pill cure was only $1. The casket I buried him in was $48. Even more tragic than this was that his death was caused by being neglected then rejected medical treatment, twice. The first denial happened when Andibo's widowed-slave-mother was told that they were too poor & too dirty to even come inside the hospital. The second rejection was after the slave tribe came back with an abundance to pay for treatment. However, they were told "We won't waste our medicine on that Pygmy ANIMAL." As I dug the one & a half year old's grave I thought about how this story was suppose to go untold... But as fate would have it, Andibo's story is now being told and action is now being taken.    


Meet Eféosa

Efeosa means: "The Man Who Loves Us"

  • Before being given the tribe name Efeosa I was professional Mixed Martial Arts Fighter Justin "The Viking" Wren from the UFC & The Ultimate Fighter reality show. 

  • I was known for fighting against people. Now I am inviting you along a one year journey to fight FOR people! To fight for the world's most forgotten people.

  • My last trip to the Pygmies I saw myself being brought in as family and being given my own tribe name. My grandfather & chief named me Efeosa.
  • My vision is to fight for Mbuti Pygmy slaves of the Congo jungle who can't fight for themselves and then develop them in many ways of self-sustainablitlity so they have more than just a fighting chance.


When This Launches into action
  • One Viking
  • One Jungle
  • One Year
  • 1,000 Pygmy Slaves Set FREE! 

 

The Pygmy Project

Liberating men, women, and children slaves. Placing the formerly enslaved on their own land, that they own, for the first time since ancient times. Then see the tribe through until they are trained in a self-sufficient way of life. Develop the community to have clean water flowing, and sustainable crops growing. Provide a desired school for education which will in turn provide an opportunity for citizenship and representation for the first time in their history. These desired changes will be made while preserving their valued and endangered culture; furthering the people group farther than they have had possible in the past 1,000 years.   

 

A Promising Past

  • In my last one month jungle journey to The Democratic Republic of Congo in September of 2012 we saw 60 slaves set free on their first ever owned, 30 acres. 
  • Since then the number has DOUBLED! 120 slaves have been set free on 60 acres. They have also produced their first corn and beans crops and getting preparing for a second harvest!
  • This was done on virtually NO support compared to the price tag we are going for now. We have proven the system works and have negotiated land ownership and freedom for the Pygmies from their former slavemasters.

 

The Partnership

  • Shalom University, the oldest University in Eastern Congo (over 50 years old)
  • I am partnering with Shalom's School Of Community Development to work with Faculty and Students on this Pygmy Project
  • Shalom has been working with the Pygmies since 2007. The Dean of the School is one of the only men to have gone and lived amoung the Pygmies for numerous years.
  • The school is passionate about transformation of the communities in Congo and beginning with "the worst" is the best way to show everyone the possibilities.
  • Bypassing the "high-up corrupt" and going straight to those in need means all donations are being given directly to what will make the most impact.

 

Transformation isn't far fetched!

The ultimate goal of my one year jungle journey is to see my family have a RADICAL transformation. At times, I have literally slept on the dirt and then sunk into mud during the rainy season of the rainforest with them. My dream, my desire, & my inspired belief is that together we can transform the lives of this tribe, my family, unlike ever done before! My goal is to be able to step out of the picture and not only have it not crumble, but have it get even better! With the possibility of Shalom University putting a research center on the land it makes that more than a dream. They desire to have a year round research center placed on the Pygmy land where they have 15-25 students getting University credit for their time their. They will get credit for working alongside the Pygmies to develop them into a fully sustainable people. Now THAT is what I'm talking about!

 

The People: 

The most ancient society of nomadic hunter and gatherers and one of the most peaceful tribes known to mankind, The Mbuti Pygmies. The Pygmies reside in the Congo Rainforest which is the second largest rainforest on the globe. For thousands of years they have been known to themselves and others as simply “The Forest People.” The Pygmy tribe is most commonly distinguished by their small stature with the Pygmy adult males standing at an average of 4 foot 7 inches tall. Due to ongoing mistreatment the Pygmies have taken on a new identity where they have refered to themselves as "The Forgotten People."

 

The Passion: 

The vision is to launch a movement to love the unloved, to give a voice to the voiceless, and to Fight For The Forgotten. The hope is to ignite an unquenchable hope for “the hopeless.” 

 

The Purpose: 

“The purpose of life is to live a life of purpose.” The purpose of this plan is to be the change that we want to see in the world, and in return we will see a part of the world... CHANGED. The purpose of this is to shoot for the moon, to dare for the impossible, to attempt great attempts, and to expect great expectations.

 

The Kinds of Slavery

Pygmy slavery is a wide range from being held to gunpoint by rebel militia's in the gold, diamond, and coltan mines to being slaves because of no possibility of monetary gain or obtaining land ownership. The Pygmies that we have been seeing released are not being held to gunpoint or in shackles. The kind of slavery we are immediately putting an end to is slavery due to having no other option to survive. The easiest way to end this kind of slavery has been to see them be placed on their own land, and then showing them how to work it for themselves instead of their slavemasters. This year in Congo will give more insight into all the unique kinds of slavery and what action can be taken for the Pygmies of Africa (Meaning a future goal to expand into other countries where the Pygmy people reside). The main reason for Pygmy slavery is due to extreme racism where surrounding tribes believe the Pygmy people are still in the transitional stage from monkey to human. This belief accounts for the hunting, killing, cooking, and cannibalism against the tribe as well as other atrocities against humanity in recent years.

 

 

Other Ways You Can Help

Some can’t contribute, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help!

  • Share! Just like the video above hit Reddit.com, then Gawker.com, then multiple MMA/UFC websites and then after that TMZ & Jimmy Kimmel picked up the humorous, heartwarming video. 
  • Cast the vision! If you caught the vision, help me cast it so that others who may be able to promote or contribute can catch the vision as well! 
  • Be a Buzzmaker! Create buzz in anyway you know how :-) 
  • Stay connected, share your ideas, know your appreciated! 

 

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  • $25USD
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    There are some design's being made as I type this of some NIFTY T-shirts. Soon their will be multiple to choose from. When you donate $25 you will get a Fight For The Forgotten T-shirt and 100% of the profit from the shirt goes STRAIGHT to setting slaves free.

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    T-shirt and WristBand

    Some Rad FIGHT For The Forgotten t-shirts and rubber wristband's are being made up right now. For people who donate $30 they will get both.

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  • $50USD
    Save-A-Slave

    This will be a special shirt being designed that you can only get after you donate 50 bucks or more. We have figured the funds and once we hit the $50,000 goal the math shows that for every $50 we will be able to set one slave free! It will also contribute to the purchasing of land, developing agriculture, digging a water well, building a school, and paying the teaching staff to have the FIRST ever totally free Pygmy School on their very own land for the first time in HISTORY!

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    Eféosa Appreciation

    I'll make a special, personalized video thank you that you can post on FB, Twitter, Etc to show your participation and CONTRIBUTION to this great cause. You'll also get one of the t-shirts & wristbands that are being designed right now. In addition to this you'll get an 8x10 autograph from my UFC days and a written thank you.

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    Lend-A-Hand & Save-A-Life

    UPDATE for $250! One of a Kind Art! I wanted to remind each supporter of what lending a hand can do. Each donor that is part of this $250 “Support Tribe” will have an original work of art! It will be the ACTUAL handprint of the former slaves (starting with orphans & widows) that they personally set free! Also included will be a headshot portrait and the picture of them placing their handprint on your art piece. Sample here! http://i.imgur.com/YG3xp6l.png

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    Something good! Get excited!

    This will be updated soon, and what will be here will be something SWEET!

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    Lend-A-Hand & Save-A-Family!

    UPDATE for $500! One of a Kind Art! I wanted to remind each supporter of what lending a hand can do. Each donor that is part of this “Support Tribe” will have an original work of art, of the ACTUAL handprints of the family of five (former slaves) that they set free! Included will be a family portrait and the picture of them placing their handprints on your art piece.

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    The Perk that is being talked about here is an amazing one but working out the details to make sure that we package this in the coolest possible way!

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    Holy Moly, Ravioli, Guacamole

    And for desert... How bout a cannoli! This is a one of a kind perk! I will have a plaque with your name of it printed up and placed on the WATER WELL that goes on my families land. You will get a photo of the plaque on the well, you'll get a video of the Pygmies AND myself enjoying the water well and in the video you will get a personalized "Thank You!" from The Pygmies and I :-)

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  • $15,000USD
    History Maker! Pygmy-cation!

    One of the main desires the Pygmies shared with me was for their children's "Eyes to be opened." You will do this! You will provide education. Help contribute the building of the school, the salary of the teacher and headmaster, the providing of school supplies, uniforms, and have your name, family name, crest, or company name on the FIRST-EVER-FREE Pygmy school in the Congo on the very first OWNED land by the Pygmies. This will make history AND leave a lasting legacy!

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    World Changer & Life Saver!

    This will literally be a game changer for the Pygmy people! In September I buried a 1 & 1/2 year old named Andibo because of MEDICAL STAFF in Congo saying "They won't WASTE medicine on a Pygmy Animal." This will build and begin to stock the first EVER Pygmy Hospital/Medical Center. It will be built to be comfortable and culturally sound. It will also provide a place for medical missions teams to have a place to perform life saving treatments! This WILL SAVE LIVES!

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