Lightforce One General Budget
Lightforce One was formed in 2018 and received it’s 501c3 determination letter from the IRS in 2019, making donations to Lightforce One tax deductible (please consult with a tax professional regarding tax deductions).
The mission of Lightforce One is to make lasting differences in the world where the work of the donor’s dollar will likely outlive the donor. We focus on empowering underprivileged or less fortunate communities around the world. To do this we primarily focus our effort on projects which help these communities or organizations to become self-sufficient or self-funding.
We currently work with an orphanage and a women’s empowerment group in Uganda. They have 500 children in primary school orphanage spread out over two sites in two different villages. Primary school is what Americans know as elementary school. There are 200 widows in the women’s empowerment group.
Lightforce One came to be after the founder, Dave Bauer, personally funded the well and irrigation system for them to grow more food. This enabled them to feed more people with the resources that they had.
Since Dave started working with this group, in Uganda the following has been accomplished:
- Funded a well and irrigation system for growing crops
- Funded a brick making project. The bricks can either be used for construction of more building or sold to help with the orphanages operating budget. This batch was sold.
- Electricity was brought into one of the campuses
- Two bean crops were funded
- Blankets and mattresses were provided for members of the women’s empowerment group.
- A third site was opened for secondary school children enabling 34 children to continue their education into secondary school (middle and high schools in America). Without this, they would not have been able to continue their education. Lightforce One donors fully funded 12 of these children.
- We also sent 100 lbs of corn to northern Kenya for humanitarian aid to the drought victims.
Moving forward for 2020 we plan to do the following:
- Continue the work with the secondary school orphanage
- Start a metal fabrication project where they can make their own bunk beds. The money they save on making all of the bunk beds will be equal to the initial investment in the equipment, gear and training. They will also be able to make products to sell which will help with the operating budget for their programs. Lastly those who participate in making things will be learning a trade. So we get three wins with a single investment!
- Expand upon their agriculture programs so that they have more food and can even sell some, helping with their budget.
- We plan to start working with the Lakota tribe on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota which is one of the poorest communities in the western hemisphere.
- We have partnered with an ewaste company which will be able to help us bring refurbished equipment such as computers, laptops, servers, copiers, etc to these communities. Dave can transport the electronics to South Dakota, and he is trying to find a logistics company to donate cargo space to Africa to get this equipment there as well.
In addition to the projects above, there are about half a dozen other organizations that are seeking assistance from Lightforce One and we expect that list to grow as we continue our work.