Outcome: What the Feasibility Study revealed is that any plan we developed needed to unfold in sustainable ways. We needed to bring a solution forward to aid orphaned children (trafficked/ transnational) that focused on three distinct areas: 1. Sustainable Earth (care for creation) 2. Sustainable Structures (organizational, educational, and architectural) & 3. Sustainable Lives (children and community) and then bring them together in one holistic plan that could move forward in stages of development only as each one proved fruitful (with some overlap, of course, because )1. Sustainable Earth: This is the care of creation, knowing we don't live as separate entities, but exist in constant conversation with all around us; connected to everything. Sustainable earth supports and aligns itself with sustainability practices, organic gardening (non-hybrid, non-GMO), and permaculture values- an organic hologram.
- We need to locate our endeavor to support the children onto fertile land which can be made sustainable, and either has a renewable and abundant water resource, a spirng, deep well, or build a water reclamation tower.
- In this case, we will grow Frankincense, and other Torchwood trees for their resin, oil, and other botanically based products. We shall also create a garden that is both beautiful, instructs, and feeds.
- In an ideal world, this could be as much as 45-50 acres or as little as 1-5 acres. The frankincense et other trees, for a short time, can be mobile and in containers. In fact, homes, stores, and cars have been used as temporary green houses. Soon, the whole enterprise needs to put down roots, literally!
- The Social Enterprise should make decisions based on love to God, the planet, and the neighbor- not just for the sake of self-perpetuation- i.e. "a conscious corporation." It should be environmentally sound (green)/ socially responsible (just)/ and of useful service (good). The enterprise needs to be healthy, and aligned with other sustainability, perma-culture, quality of life values.
- All architecture should be sustainable and so a search was one for the right kind, that involved renewable and cost effective materials, and was energy efficient or used alternative energy (solar and wind) including exotic energy (cold fusion, or free energy, et al)
- We found two ideal architectural solutions. Cal Earth and EarthShips. More can be learned here: www.calearth.org and www.earthships.com These structures are affordable, available, durable, renewable, comfortable, beautiful, doable, and sustainable.
- It was also determined that to be truly sustainable, the home needs the support of an eco-village with enough land to support groves of fruiting and nutting trees, and a garden, plus provide a water-source (either spring-fed, deep well, or water-reclamation tower.)
- Some sort of Social or entrepreneurial enterprise is necessary with a service or products which can provide the necessary revenue to increasingly sustain the Home. Our tradition sets experimental agronomy as fitting, and in this case, we think Moringa, and Frankincense (www.frankincensetree.com ) and derivative botanical products fit this bill. We believe monastic history sets a precedent for a bio-dynamic winery (small reserve for Holy Supper) being a proper enterprise, as well as communion bread. Museum quality art pieces/ projects are a good endeavor and fit the eco-tourism and humani-tourism calling card.
- This business undertaken, should provide learning opportunities, internships, interaction with the larger community and world, plus provide creative opportunities for educational scholarships and micro-businesses without being over-taxing on those involved.
- The ideal care for children, to have truly sustainable lives, should be a permanent life-long home, in a family setting, with the unconditional love of two parents, and a whole host of other loving community, and staff such as exists at Loving Arms Mission in Nepal, with Kent Rogers and his wife Shovah.
- The other important feature along with unconditional love in a family setting, is keeping children connected to their extended surviving family when appropriate, and keeping children connected to their community and culture, such as their language, food, songs, dance, and play. This enterprise needs to be properly scaled to fit needs, circumstances, and location.