The U.N. and other liberal planners promoting so-called “sustainable development” may still believe that global socialism, a greatly reduced world population, and maybe a few solar panels on huts are all that’s needed for an “Avatar-like” utopia on earth. But CFACT continues to challenge these notions directly where the rubber meets the road – in developing countries where many poor residents are simply trying to eke out an existence on a per capita income of less than $1 per day, and seek genuine prosperity and freedom.
This February, CFACT returned to the sub-Saharan nation of Uganda, a lush tropical country Winston Churchill once called “The Pearl of Africa,” but one in which 90% of schoolchildren must do their homework by candlelight, and the gross domestic product is equal to that of North Korea or Haiti.
CFACT is laying the groundwork there for some innovative demonstration projects by which ambitious local residents can use property rights, entrepreneurship, and a lot of hard work to build income and hopefully expand the vision to surrounding villages. CFACT is also linking up with a local secondary school, where it delivered laptop computers for students, and is planning a partnership with its Collegians program to have U.S. students travel to Uganda for life-changing community service, training, and on-the-ground education.
CFACT began its “Adopt-a-Village” project near Cancun, Mexico, during the World Trade Organization summit in 2003. That first project in the village of Valle Verde is gaining steam, as CFACT and its Collegians members are partnering with local residents to train children in computer skills, better equip the schools, and explore some new entrepreneurial projects.