Sustainability: is the long term maintenance of well being, of impact upon society, envirnoment and economy.
Working toward sustainability through teaching teachers and children at large.
Edirisa is an organization that uses creativity to enhance and uplift communities in Uganda. At the same time, Edirisa opens its doors and shares its views with the rest of the globe to promote cultural exchange, creativity, and practical skills.  This organization is working towards becoming sustainable through its teaching teachers more effective pedagogy with the Edirisa Smiles program. The organization integrates tourism, arts and teaching into its platform.  For more information, check out their website:
A sustainable organization
Art for Social Change:
Our MissionArtCorps advances social change initiatives by promoting art and culture as powerful tools to generate cooperative and sustainable work between development organizations and the communities they serve. Our Values

  • Art and culture have the power to transcend communication barriers and inspire local communities to be active agents of change.
  • Art and culture are powerful messengers that can be tools to build a sustainable and peaceful world.
  • Art accesses all of the senses and speaks to multiple types of intelligence, encouraging critical thinking and helping us imagine new possibilities.
  • Art opens people’s imaginations to allow them to envision the kind of world they would like to live in and the communities they would like to create.
Theory   of Change ChartThe ArtCorps Model: Art for Social Action  ArtCorps forms strategic partnerships with local development organizations in Central America in order to improve their capacity to educate, empower and mobilize communities. Over a period of five years, ArtCorps places Artists trained in Art for Social Action in communities served by the organizations. During one- to two-year placements, the Artists use murals, theater, stories, music, puppetry and other creative facilitation techniques to inspire and educate people to participate in improving their communities. At the same time, the Artists train partner organizations to integrate arts-based tools into their education and outreach programs.ArtCorps leaves behind stronger and more effective local organizations operating in collaboration with active and informed communities. Each approach to using art as a tool for social change is rooted in a shared philosophy that art establishes trust, builds confidence and develops initiative. What is unique about ArtCorps is its focus on transferring this methodology to grassroots organizations to use as a tool to mobilize communities around particular social and environmental issues. Download the first chapter of the ArtCorps handbookto learn more about Art for Social Action.Our Goals

  • To empower communities to build stronger, more peaceful societies by training social change organizations  to use participatory arts as a strategy for outreach, education and engagement in their programs.
  • To perpetuate the use of participatory art as an innovative tool for empowering and educating communities among non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and international funders.
  • To build the organizational capacity within both the NGOs (trained staff) and communities (local artists) to continue to use the participatory arts for social action after the artists leave.
  • To create opportunities for artists to use art to catalyze social and environmental change.

FilterPure is an organization with a mission: Manufacture and distribute an improved and inexpensive “point of use” water filtration device which is producible in developing countries. FilterPure is a non-profit organization (U.S. tax-exempt) and is committed to providing safe drinking water to the at risk populations of the developing world.

We use proven low-tech water purification technology that is completely sustainable and effective in developing countries.

Our strategy is to implement local and sustainable enterprises that manufacture and distribute effective and appropriate point of use CPF. FilterPure has developed a program based upon strategies of affordable water filtration, sustainable enterprise, and local education. The program has been designed to be replicated worldwide.

Not sustainable yet…

In 1972 Peter and Charlotte O’Neal came to Tanzania .
They became African American pioneers in their Ancestral homeland learning to live on the land…

Pete O’Neal founded the United African American Community
Center UAACC, a non-profit community based NGO, in 1991 for
the purpose of providing programs and projects for the
enrichment of the Arusha community, both urban and
rural and also to promote closer cultural ties to communities
in America and around the world

A Glimpse into UAACC!
Living a Life of Promise and Community in Imbaseni Village

Pete O’Neal founded the United African American Community
Center UAACC, a non-profit community based NGO, in 1991 for
the purpose of providing programs and projects for the
enrichment of the Arusha community, both urban and
rural and also to promote closer cultural ties to communities
in America and around the world.
The name was later amended to
United African Alliance Community Center
to better reflect the more global focus of the center’s
concentration and outreach.

Beginnings of the Tanzania Experience…1972 onwards!

Pete and Charlotte with their children Malcolm and Stormy Ann during the early days in Arusha, Tanzania

In 1972 Pete and Charlotte came to Tanzania.  They became African American pioneers in their ancestral homeland, and built their homestead on the slopes of Mt. Meru in Imbaseni, a rural village in the heart of the traditional homeland of the Wameru tribe.-

Charlotte learned how to milk cows and make cheese, yogurt and butter!

Pete learned how to plant and harvest in the early days!

First days in Imbaseni Village when buffalo would sometimes bang on the sisal pole fence!

From the very beginning…It was always a family effort!

Pete and Malcolm learned how to make stabilized soil bricks using a Cinvaram machine when building our first house in Imbaseni..

Stormy did chores like carrying the milk.

Pete and Malcolm added to the family coffers by hunting.

UAACC is based in Imbaseni Village in the heart of Wameru homeland outside of Arusha, Tanzania.   We are situated between two majestic mountains…Mt. Kilimanjaro , the tallest mountain in Africa and Mt. Meru, the third tallest!  It’s a place of serenity, beauty and joy!    Click here to see more scenes at UAACC

And yes…it’s a long way from Kansas City!!

The late 60’s saw a tremendous upsurge of self determination and community control in inner cities throughout America.  The  Black Panther Party was a prime example of unity and shared purpose as evidenced in the many community programs initiated by the BPP such as the Free Breakfast for Children and Free Health Clinics.
Pete and Charlotte are proud to have been a part of that historic chapter of American history, Pete as founder and Chairman of the Kansas City Chapter of the Black Panther  Party and Charlotte also as a member. 
“Our  present day community outreach service  continues to be informed by our time as Black Panthers,’” Bro Pete acknowledges.  “Our work is truly a continuation of the work  we did as members of the Black Panther Party!

Click here for more Black Panther Party history


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