Water Woman: Community and Sustainability in Trinidad

The inspiring story of the how a woman and her community restored a forest ecosystem and preserved a watershed.
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Diana Fox
Environment
Providence
United States
4 Team Members

Our Indiegogo Campaign is now finished. If you wish to support our project please visit www.waterwomenfilm.com

 

 A Message from the Producer

I am a cultural anthropologist with a specialty in the English speaking Caribbean. I am a Professor at Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater MA. I have been committed to environmental issues since I was a child, and this film unites many interests and passions of mine including environmental and gender issues.

I have dedicated Water Woman to the memory of my late mother, Vivian C. Fox who was a passionate advocate for women's rights, social justice and environmental causes worldwide.

Akilah

About the Film

The film tells the inspiring story of a sustainable agro-forestry community in Trinidad, West Indies, called Fondes Amandes, led by a charismatic woman, Akilah Jaramogi (pictured above). Three decades ago Akilah settled on a barren, deforested hillside, blighted with floods in the rainy season and fires in the dry season. Together with her late husband, Tecumah, they started a family and reforested over 150 acres, restoring health to the hills and the watershed just outside the capital city of Port-of-Spain. When her husband died, Akilah continued this great work, initiating the Fondes Amandes Community Reforestation Project (FACRP), training community members as stewards of the forests and waters. Today Fondes Amandes is a thriving village atop a flourishing forest of 150 acres where residents have planted thousands of seedlings over the past thirty years. The community is visited by international dignitaries and Akilah is heralded as the Wangari Maathai of Trinidad. This film will tell the story of Akilah, the Fondes Amandes villagers and their remarkable achievements, serving as an educational, activist and inspirational tool for students, educators, NGOs and other communities worldwide.

 

Funding Needs

In order to complete and market this documentary, ensuring that it reaches a wide audience and has maximum impact, the film team and I need to raise $25,000. We would be so appreciative if you could help us in any amount you can!

 

The Impact

By supporting the production and marketing of the film you will assist the Fondes Amandes Community as well. By donating you will help us to bring awareness to the environmental problems and degradation of natural systems which many communities in Trinidad face. With combined efforts we can work together to inform people of the inspirational acts of one woman and a community.

 

Other Ways You Can Help

We understand that not everyone is able to make monetary contributions. We would greatly appreciate it if you could reach out to at least five friends and colleagues who may share these concerns and wish to contribute to our efforts. Spread the word! We need all the help we can get!

 

The Team

Diana Fox (Executive Producer)

Sarah Feinbloom (Producer, Co-Director)

Swati Guild (Co-Director, Camera, Editor)

Lydia Landim (Campaign Manager)

 

 

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This campaign ended on March 26, 2013
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  • $10USD
    Virtual High Five!

    We will give you a personal shout out on our Water Woman Facebook page!

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  • $25USD
    Special Thanks!

    Your name will be listed under the Special Thanks section of the film's credits.

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  • $50USD
    Digital Download!

    A digital download of the film for you to enjoy at home - see the finished film before everyone else gets to see it! Your name will also be listed under the Special Thanks section of the film's credits.

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  • $75USD
    DVD!

    A copy of the completed DVD for you to enjoy at home! Your name will also be listed under Special Thanks section of the film's credits.

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    $100USD
    Handmade Earrings!

    A pair of earrings handmade by Akilah from the seeds grown in the Fondes Amandes forest! Plus a digital download of the film for you to enjoy at home. Your name will also be listed under Special Thanks section of the film's credits.

    6 out of 6 claimed
  • $150USD
    Handmade Earrings + DVD!

    A pair of earrings handmade by Akilah from the seeds grown in the Fondes Amandes forest! Plus a DVD copy of the completed film for you to enjoy at home. Your name will also be listed under Special Thanks section of the film's credits.

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  • $250USD
    Handmade Necklace or Bracelet!

    A necklace or bracelet handmade by Akilah from the seeds grown in the Fondes Amandes forest! Plus a digital download of the film for you to enjoy at home. Your name will also be listed under Special Thanks section of the film's credits.

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  • $500USD
    DVD & Jewelry!

    A copy of the completed DVD will be sent to the educational institution of your choice for educational use. Plus your choice of a necklace or bracelet handmade by Akilah from the seeds grown in the Fondes Amandes forest! Your name will also be listed under Special Thanks section of the film's credits. Check out pictures of the jewelry in the gallery.

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    Invite to Screening!

    An invitation to a special screening of the film hosted by the film’s producer Diana Fox in the Boston area, replete with Caribbean food and music; a copy of the completed DVD; and your choice of a necklace or bracelet handmade by Akilah from the seeds grown in the Fondes Amandes forest! Your name will also be listed under Special Thanks section of the film's credits.

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    Associate Producer Credit!

    Associate Producer Credit. Be part of the team! Your name will appear in the film’s end credits as an Associate Producer. Plus the gifts for the $1000 level contributor.

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    Producer Credit!

    Producer Credit. Be part of the team! Your name will appear in the film’s end credits as a Producer. Plus the gifts for the $1000 level contributor.

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