INTRODUCING OUR BASIC NEEDS OPERATION

In this blog, we will discuss our basic needs operation. We will explain why we are focusing on basic needs, provide information about our operation, and highlight our first basic needs operation in the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya.

WHY DO WE FOCUS ON BASIC NEEDS?

Our mission is to spread the positive impact of Oneness – the idea that we are fundamentally connected to one another and the planet. Although the idea of Oneness might sound abstract, when we fully commit to it, we are motivated to lift others up. For in order to truly reach Oneness, ALL must participate. Thus, a belief in Oneness leads naturally to a desire to help those in need.

Access to basic needs such as food, water, and shelter are essential to survival and personal growth. Abraham Maslow, in Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, stated that individuals’ most basic needs must be met before they become motivated to self-actualize. In other words, without basic needs, it is not possible to reach Oneness.

The world has come a long way in addressing the basic needs crisis. According to World Vision, 36% of the world’s population lived on $1.90 or less in 1990. Today, that number has been reduced to 9.2%. However, according to the World Bank, it is estimated that nearly half the world’s population – 3.4 billion people – still struggles to meet basic needs. Furthermore, the Covid-19 pandemic has reversed our progress towards equality. This pandemic has not just upended human lives through illness, but also ravaged economies around the world. Those areas hardest hit were in poverty before the pandemic. Indeed, again according to the World Bank, an additional 88 to 150 million may fall back into extreme poverty.

ABOUT OUR BASIC NEEDS OPERATION

To address the basic needs crisis, we will be conducting monthly basic needs operations in areas of urgent need. We donate one basic need for each product purchased. Below, we provide some information about our operation.

WHY THE KIBERA?

After careful research, we chose the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya as the site of our first basic needs and economic opportunities programs. We chose this site due to the high impact these operations will have there. The residents of the Kibera lack many basic needs and access to economic opportunities. They have also been particularly hard hit by Covid-19 lockdowns. If we all can come together to provide basic needs and help create sustainable economic opportunities for them, we will have a model for future Oneness programs in other parts of the world.

WHY DO WE DONATE MAIZE MEAL?

What we call corn in North America is called Maize meal in Africa. Maize is a cost-effective, easy to prepare, and nutrient rich staple food in Kenya and Sub Saharan Africa. The residents of Kibera prefer maize meal because it is rich in carbohydrates and energy, suitable for the manual jobs some of them perform. They also enjoy Maize as it can be prepared and eaten in various forms like porridge (for breakfast) or UGALI (for lunch & super).

HOW DO WE SELECT WHICH RESIDENTS TO DONATE TO?

Our team randomly selects recipients in need. For subsequent drop offs, we will prioritize those who have yet to receive a need.

Our team leader, Erick Okoth, was raised in Kibera, and is familiar with the local community. Having him on our team provides us the opportunity to help each resident, one operation at a time. As we expand, we will be able to meet the needs of the residents more frequently.

OUR FIRST BASIC NEEDS OPERATION

We ran our first basic needs operation in the Kibera Slum on April 1, 2021. Erick and three other team members picked up ten items of Maize meal from a local grocery store, and handed them out to ten local residents.

Covid-19 has brought a halt to the already stagnant local economy and the inflow of aid is almost non-existent. Dwellers were ecstatic and very fortunate. We look forward to conducting many more basic needs operations in the Kibera as we grow!

HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT US

You can support our mission of spreading the positive impact of Oneness and supporting basic needs through the purchase of our products. Purchase of our products supports our basic needs operation, and creates economic opportunities for our Kibera team.