Hi, My name is Amanda Froelich, and I'm asking for your help to fund my research, travel, and humanitarian relief project. All details and more can be found at the campaign's website, http://nourishing-roots.org , but let me break it down for you.
First, I'm a RHN Holistic Nutritionist, ISD Detoxification Specialist, MU Travel Writer & alternative health freelance writer, plant-based (live foods) chef, and ambitious entrepreneur who is ready to participate in lasting change to positively shift the world.
It's a 3-part project (scroll down to learn more on each part):
Research, form relations, travel through India, Africa, and Indonesia, and gather connections to help build a solid foundation for my future NGO (non-governmental organization), Bloom for Life.
Give back to orphanages and health-centers by volunteering services, implementing sustainable change, donating resources (funded and donated), and speaking / demonstrating on the principles of holistic healing, sustainable living, and spiritual connectedness.
Publish projects which will help lay foundation for the future NGO and also creatively share the message that's transformed my life, and know will benefit others.
I need funding to help support my year and a half venture through these three major locations (please click here to see my so-far planned itinerary), and obtain my goals (objectives / goals can be found here). I'll be living simply, but have a lot to accomplish during the time frame of this travel / research / relief effort project.
I currently live in Costa Rica where I'm serving as head vegetarian / vegan chef at a renowned health center, but have been planning this project to come for a while now. With resources, connections, and support from like-minded individuals and companies, I know that this project and many more will be made manifest.
If you want more details, please see the Overview on the Nourishing Roots website here.
It's a 3-part project:
The purpose of this organization will be to teach sustainable living, holistic healing, and spiritual connectedness in two different ways (urban and rural programs) via resources and long-term application (like starting a garden in rural locations, teaching about health) through team members and volunteers.
This project serves as a means to work and volunteer in future locations where I hope to establish projects with Bloom for Life. Part of the “research” will be to meet the people, get to know them, learn exactly what they want, form relations, document the land, unique challenges in specific locations, and collaborate with business partners back in the States to officially found and get the organization running.
The great thing about funding a project like this, is that it will also raise awareness for this future organization, and the more people I meet and partner with while traveling, the more support there is to help millions more down the road.
Give Back Through Relief Effort
It's not gap year or spastic adventure, it's a research / travel / work project, and therefore it's essential I give back in as many ways as possible. It is also a priority to cut down on costs where I can. For those reasons, I've devised two main ways I can accomplish both.
On Nourishing Roots website, I share here the project I have planned to work with four orphanages during my travels, and how the aim will be to 1) help them implement and learn how to care for an organic garden 2) help them source local, high-quality food at a reduced cost (most likely relying on funds and support from outside sources), and 3) teach the essentials of holistic health and connectedness with themselves, each other, and the Earth. In each orphanage I stay at for about 3-6 weeks, I will offer help, be inspired, form relations, and positively contribute to their shared space.
On cost breakdown of the Nourishing Roots page, I share that a minimum of $2,000 of this campaign's funding will go to support this aspect of the project.
I will also be collaborating and working with holistic healers in these locations who are pulling off big projects of their own. One such homeopath who is changing the world is Dr. Nandita Shah, an Indian physician teaching the essentials of mind, body, spirit connectedness and plant-based living to reduce Diabetes and create lasting health. I'll be volunteering and offering my skills to support efforts such as these and gain more connections.
So you can see, the whole focus of this project is to be able to help others, and by supporting my dream, you're in effect helping to change the world.
Publish / Create projects that will benefit future NGO and vision.
I'm a creator: an artist, a chef, a writer, an innovator... and I want to give it back through resources I've been working on for the last year or two. But it's also essential I hit on the underlying themes that propel my passion to allow others to helpthemselves to live a life of peace and happiness: that is holistic health, spiritual connectedness, and environmental change.
Novel: Think James Redfield meets Paulo Coehlo. I'm almost 21 years young, own my own business, have relations with innovative creators around the world, live in Costa Rica, and have only just begun participating in the type of dream I hope to share with others.
This book is inspired on my non-fiction travels travels (doing a Native American ceremony in the jungle, backpacking through beach towns in Latin America, participating in mind-blowing group ceremonies for conscious change), but is fictionalized to appeal to a larger audience. During this time, I hope to complete the manuscript and find an agent to ensure its success through a publishing house like Rodale or Hay House.
I've created an educational, inspirational, and beautifully-worded children's book (and illustrated all the artwork) to teach the importance of connecting with the Earth and growing one's own food. It has potential to inspire a lot of young kids, and it will be the first resource I plan to create that may potentially be givento places like the orphanages I work with.
While traveling, I'll be snapping photographs of depth and writing about the places I go and people I meet. For every major location or community I stay with, a self-published book will be created. The aim is to convey artistically the different locations I go to, document the beauty of their culture, and also hint at their current status compared to the rest of the world's, but in an inspirational way. An estimate of about 8 will be created. These books will also be offered as perks. (See below)
Writing for publications / media to spread the word about this project. Any extra time I am afforded will allow me to continue writing and sharing the word about this and future projects through high-traffic media sites. From travel and business, to news sites and blogs, I aim to spread the word about this new type of humanitarian pursuit, and also encourage faith and partnership from sponsors and organizations for the future NGO.
See the entire cost breakdown here on Nourishing Roots.
Travel, Accommodation, Room & Board $7,000
This is for a year and a half of travel, a lot of which I will be couch-surfing, doing work-exchange, and living with communities in home-stay. Fees for this will cover visas, room / board, food, and supplies to document all aspects of this venture.
Resources for Change $7,000
This includes resources for the orphanage, fees to found the organization, and opportunity to professionally publish my own works that will help form the foundation for future projects.
As I go in detail to explain on my project website, the costs I estimate are at $14,000, but I have chosen to set this campaign at $10,000.
(Please do keep in mind, even when this goal is reached, this campaign will only receive $9,300 after IndieGoGo's share.)
I'll continue to freelance write, offer my services for donation, and accept help in any other form. $10,000 is a great mark to start, and I know financial resource will only grow to make this project and the organization manifest through time.
The Oxford Journal published a
lengthy piece on the challenges of health around the world. It
reflects what I have found to be true from my research, experience,
and travels so far:That rural locations need access to clean water,
sustainably grown (organic, high-quality) food, and resources for
education and change before
they flock to urban developments and become riddled with diseases
more prone to westernized societies. There are two
causes of health issues:
one is sourced with malnutrition and lack of supplies, whereas the
other is overabundance and low-quality food sources. If we are to
curb the many health issues prevalent in the world caused by an
imbalance of resources and lack of education, help needs to be
implemented at the source.
That's why the organization I aim to create will work with to implement such changes in rural locations, while also offering educational conferences and resources in urban locations to fuel such change in both types of societies. This project nourishes those roots.
By supporting this project, you are helping this vision be made manifest. You are nourishing the roots of so many projects and acting as an activist for change.
Not only am I indebtedly grateful for all the support that is given, but am proud to be in collaboration with people who believe in a world where potential is limitless and positive change is possible.
Please, again, learn more about all this project will do at Nourishing Roots, the campaign website I have set up to best explain this vision.
What You Get:
Besides a more nourished and environmentally-friendly world, you also get perks for helping me fund this project!
$5 – A huge thank you and your name and/or organization in the Hall of Supporters page on the Nourishing Roots website.
$25 - A “thank you” postcard from India, Africa, or Indonesia (you choose), and your name on the Hall of Supporters page.
$50 – One cultural book of your choice (see part 3 of project) + postcard from India, Africa, or Indonesia, and your name on the Hall of Supporters page.
$100 – (When it's published and ready for distribution) My completed novel (signed ;), a cultural book of your choice, a postcard from India, Africa, or Indonesia, and your name in the Hall of Supporters website page.
$175 – 2 Cultural books of your choice, my novel when ready for distribution, two postcards from India, Africa, or Indonesia, and your name or organization on the Hall of Supporters website page.
$300 – 3 Cultural Books of your choice, two postcards from India, Africa, or Indonesia. My novel (signed ;) when published and ready for distribution, and your name on the Nourishing Roots Hall of Supporters page.
$500 – Personalized video made while with children at one of the orphanages (thanking you!) + $300 and up perks.
$1,000 – Three postcards from India, Africa, and Indonesia, personalized video from orphanage (thanking you!), four cultural books, my novel and children's book (both signed) when ready for distribution, and your name on the Hall of Supporters page of Nourishing Roots.
$2,500 and up – All cultural books + novel + children's book + 3 postcards from India, Africa, and Indonesia, your name on the Hall of Supporters page, a personal video from one of the orphanages (to thank you!), and a t-shirt with the Nourishing Roots logo.
Plus, you are invited to stay a week with me in Bali in Fall 2015 – I'll take care of the meals, entertainment, and room/board to thank your support.
Other Ways You Can Help
Money isn't the only way to support this project! Please:
Share this campaign with everyone you know. Help can be offered in a variety of ways!
Partner or donate resources (sustainable technologies, health education resources), and/or contact companies you might know that may be interested in getting involved.
Share this project with media and news sites you think should cover it.
Keep up to date with Nourishing Roots and my other projects at Bloom for Life.
Feel like you missed something? Check out all of the project details at Nourishing Roots: http://nourishing-roots.org.
Thank you for your support! I can't do this without you!