The Earthrise Collective has established the Africa Solidarity Fund to quickly and easily provide support to actions and innovations related to environmental, gender, sexual, social, and economic justice and the rights of indigenous communities to their development goals. The Africa Solidarity Fund is about powering change. It is a non-bureaucratic, non-institutionalized fund that aims to build global collaboration around local causes related to activism, ancient wisdom, and alternatives. The Fund hopes to midwife a free flowing, mass movement that can unite justice efforts across the continent of Africa.
The Fund will focus its work across three levels:
Direct financial support to community leaders and activists to support specific, discrete struggles for social and environmental justice. Women, indigenous leaders, and activists will be proactively approached and supported.
Organising national, continental and global solidarity to support this activism – by leveraging in-country organising, pan-African and global networks, and social media and other forms of storytelling. The Fund will work closely with feminists, Indigenous Peoples, and organizations that promote equality, justice, and healing.
Facilitating platforms (online and physical) for community-to-community learning, activist dialogue and support, strategy development, and other kinds of organizational capacity development. These online and physical meetings will be designed to foster solidarity and offer services for activists united by causes that advance Earthrise’s objectives. These platforms will focus on creating authentic inter-generational dialogue on solutions to the challenges humanity is currently facing, taking debates and decisions about our future out of the hands of large bureaucratic institutions and into the hands of the people.
The aim of these on-line and in-person dialogues is to help build the story and profile of a cause, build conversation, community and a network around that cause, and power the actions needed to ensure its success. The platform will actively seek aspiring young leaders, and cultivate lessons-learned that ensure that future efforts and alternative advocacy strategies are ever more impactful and effective. Because the Earthrise Collective is committed to the integration of activism, spirituality and healing, these platforms will be fueled by dynamic, inclusive dialogue, trainings, and integrative ceremony.