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Sharing CFI's Pemba-style change with the world. It's time to grow a movement.
Jeff Schnurr
Sackville, New Brunswick
3 Team Members

Sharing Innovation for a Planet in Need

When we first started working on the island of Pemba, off the Tanzanian coast, things were different. The entire eastern half of the island was deforested and most of the island's food was imported. Now Pemba is a model of sustainability. Since 2008, one million trees have been planted for fruit, timber and conservation. The soils have been mended and over 100 acres of food producing crops have been sown between rows of planted trees. Drinking water is harvested from the rain and electricity is generated from the sun. Pembans have innovated the way they grow food and how they cook the food they grow.

Pembans have changed their island.

Now it's time we work together to change the world. By sharing Pemba's work with the world we can inspire the scale of environmental change that our planet needs. Through indiegogo, we're trying to raise $8,000 in order to build a Rural Innovation Campus that will allow us to share our work with community leaders from around the world. Based on our past success in Pemba, the European Union wants to continue to support community-led innovation and is prepared to match every dollar we raise with $9. If we raise $8,000, we end up with $80,000.

The Opportunity

We need your help. We've been given the opportunity to build a campus that will allow us to expand our work, but 10% of the funds must be raised through donations. If we don't raise our end of the bargain, we don't get the funds.

Please share our vision. We're flipping the traditional development model upside down by placing rural communities in a role of leadership and expertise. We believe that people around the world can work together to find innovative solutions to some of humanity's toughest challenges. We believe that people can work together to make our world a better place; they just need the chance.

Rural Innovation Campus Concept Design

The Impact

Imagine if the solution to climate change came for the people that need it the most?

Once the Rural Innovation Campus is completed, community leaders from around the world will be able to travel to Pemba, see CFI-style change for themselves and then return home to adapt Pemban innovation to meet their own community needs.

Your funds will go to:

  • Build workshop spaces
  • Provide bursaries for 2,000 Pembans
  • Create demonstration gardens and forests
  • Demonstrate solar energy
  • Establish a model apiary
  • Employ local experts to deliver training
  • Pilot new innovations both on site and within communities
  • Share innovations with the world

Community Forests International is a registered Canadian Charity (registration number is 841459423RR0001). All Canadian donors will receive a charitable receipt for their donation.

Our Vision

We at CFI have always valued our friends, members and supporters for their ideas and their compassion. Please share this campaign with your friends and family. We need your support.


You can also support us by making a charitable donation by mailing a cheque to Community Forests International, 10 School Lane, Sackville, New Brunswick, E4L 3J9.

Thanks for all you've done to make real and tangible change.

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raised by 57 people in 1 month
107% funded
No time left
$8,000 CAD goal
Flexible Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
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This campaign ended on October 31, 2013
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  • $30CAD
    Green Donor - Tree

    We'll plant a tree on your behalf in Pemba

    12 claimed
  • $130CAD
    Forest Donor - Tree and Tshirt

    We'll plant a tree on your behalf and send you a CFI tshirt

    13 claimed
  • $1,000CAD
    Founding Donor - Plaque

    We'll put a plaque up in the Rural Innovation Centre, which will include your name and a quote of your choice in both English and Swahili.

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