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Go Conscious Earth Inc

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Causes: Animals, Economic Development, Environment, Forest Conservation, International, International Economic Development, International Relief, Microfinance, Protection of Endangered Species

Mission: Go Conscious Earth protects African rainforests and the animals that live there by partnering with indigenous communities to eliminate extreme poverty and cultivate sustainable practices.

Results: ​​In April of 2014, GCEarth promoted and secured a land concession agreement with the DRC government that protects one million acres of rainforest and wetlands around Lake Tumba. At the same time, GCEarth helped the local villages form Tribal Councils, whose jobs now include monitoring and safeguarding the wells and future GCEarth initiatives for the villages they represent. In February of 2016, GCEarth built five water wells in five villages around Lake Tumba, providing clean water to 10,000 people for the first time.

Target demographics: Save rainforest, protect animals, help people

Direct beneficiaries per year: 10,000 people in the Lake Tumba region

Geographic areas served: The Congo Basin Rainforest in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Programs: Rainforest conservation, water wells, schooos, health clinics, anti-poachingredients initiatives, and much more.

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13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Working with GCE has been a wonderful experience. Both Godi and Ariel are passionate, organized and driven. Having worked and partnered with many groups in the last several years, I have been pleasantly surprised at how well organized they are at meeting their objectives. This isn't always the case in the NGO space. We look forward to working with them in the future and seeing all the good they will accomplish.

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Go Conscious Earth Thank you John and Micah! It has been great working with you, and we are excited for more to come!

2 Mayzie M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just returned from a trip to the Congo with Godi Godar, the founder of Go Conscious Earth. I was there documenting the installation of 5 wells and training a water team (made up of local villagers) to maintain the wells and continue to drill wells as we provide funding and materials. This project is huge, preserving a million plus acres of rainforests, providing clean water to all of the inhabitants, establishing sustainable farming practices, women's initiatives, right livelihood, protecting the endangered animals (including Bonobos and wild forest elephants), schools and clinics. It seemed like such a huge and impossible task but after spending time in the Congo with Godar and meeting all of the literally thousands of people who are so passionate about this project and it's success, I now without a doubt believe that it is all possible and therefore must be done. The enormous family of villages that make up the Lac Tumba region have never seen war. They know how to work together to support each other and have a vast respect for the enormous rainforest that they call home. They merely lack the resources. Godar was born and raised to become the chief of one of the tribes, following in his father's footsteps, but at age 21 decided to take an opportunity to come to the states where he has lived and worked for the past 30 years. He felt that he could better serve his village from here. He is a humble and righteous leader who has earned huge popularity in the region and therefore can accomplish nearly impossible feats. Go Conscious Earth is organized and motivated for the greater good and I wholeheartedly believe in the truth, honesty and feasibility of this project and the integrity of the organization behind it. ~Meredith Shelton, photographer

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Donor

Rating: 5

No need to stress the immense importance of this work. Just read the truthful descriptions of what these folks are doing on their web site and in these reviews. It is clear, very clear, that this needs to be done.The staff and volunteers are a quite selfless group and have the passion for the moment with the dedication and smarts for the long game. Once I saw what they are doing, I felt compelled to help, to feel a part of it.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The people behind this cause were fighting for it long before there was any organization in place to support them. It is a true labor of love, and compassion, and they deserve all the aid we can give them.

3 Adeline N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In a time when it can be difficult to choose between so many non-profits out there, Go Conscious Earth is a no-brainer. GCE's mission is so unique and refreshing because of the amazing collaboration with the indigenous tribes inhabiting the land it is working to protect. It is easy to want to save beautiful and life-sustaining lands like the Lab Tumba region in DRC, but GCE's model is truly sustainable because instead of making decisions for the people living in the region they work through the tribes empowering the people to make their own decisions and take control of their ancestral lands. GCE's founder, Godi Godar, was born into one of these tribes, made a life in the USA, and has now returned to the DRC to help save his amazing home and people. I can not think of another organization that is more worthy of my support or that is better equipped to truly make a lasting impact.

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Go Conscious Earth 09/18/2015

Thank you Adeline!

3 Candor P.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a founding member of Go Conscious Earth, I can honestly say that we have started from the ground up. Those of us who began this venture did so not because we were experienced and were ready for another project. We began because there was an urgency to act before it was too late. We will keep acting and learning and growing and doing what needs to be done to keep the rain forest, it's people and all the plants and creatures who live there and who we all depend on, alive and thriving. We are so continuously grateful for all of the support and collaborations and connections that keep the momentum going.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have known the founder Godi Godar for nearly 30 years. He's definitely the real deal. Not only has he saved a million acres of rainforest he's providing clean water to his home village and villages nearby. It's a pleasure to work with such a passionate group of people. Please give what you can to this outstanding organization.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

If you want your contributions to make a real life difference, GCE is the non-profit to support. Run by truly dedicated and compassionate volunteers, this organization stands out for delivering on its commitments and remaining true to its vision.

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Go Conscious Earth 09/18/2015

Thank you so much for your kind words and helpful review!

3 Joanna17

Donor

Rating: 5

I am in complete awe of this team and their mission. I feel a responsibility to help protect this beautiful land and the gracious people of this community. I will always do what ever I can to help support GCE because I know they live and breathe this mission and that every cent raised will go directly to helping the cause. Godi is a treasure and inspires me everyday!

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Go Conscious Earth 09/15/2015

Dear Joanna, as always, thank you for your support and enthusiasm for GCE!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Met Godi, the founder on a church mission. Then he told me about GCE. What is not to love about saving the rainforest in the Congo or saving theBobobos gorilla from extinction or providing fresh water for the local people . And that is just the beginning. Learn more at goconsciousearth.com

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Go Conscious Earth 09/15/2015

Thank you Jim! For this and all your help and support!

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Go Conscious Earth 09/15/2015

Thank you Jim! For this and all your help and support!

4 Cristina B.

Donor

Rating: 5

I cannot speak highly enough about Go Conscious Earth. The integrity, the passion and the commitment to protect this valuable land are unparalleled. It is one of the last two major lungs remaining on our planet. The people, animals and the secrets of medicines yet to be discovered in this rainforest cannot be lost! I personally will be doing everything I can to help this crucial effort!
I know first hand that every dollar given goes directly to the people and conservation efforts. That’s a rare thing to say these days when there are so many organizations that grow so large their own expenses take away from actually getting things done – this is not the case here!!!! Here at GCE you have some of the most committed people I have ever seen.
For anyone who cares about saving the environment this is one organization you must get behind. Please support them!

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Go Conscious Earth 09/15/2015

Thank you Cristina! For all your championing and support of GCE and our work!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I wish I could give GCE 10 stars! Since becoming a member of the Board my eyes have been opened about how we must all work together to save the precious rainforest by working with the people who live there. It's a long haul but we have already begun the process of drilling freshwater wells so that the rainforest communities can be healthy and become the protectors of the trees and animals. As far as I know, GCE is the only organization that is taking this approach. We are a small group but the effects of our work will be spectacular!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Not only is this an extremely worthy cause, but the people involved are so compassionate and generous. I believe that GCE brings awareness about the DRC, its people and its resource. I learned so much through my involvement in the short campaign. All people of this earth deserve clean air, water, and food.

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Go Conscious Earth 09/09/2015

Thank you Samantha! Your support and encouragement mean the world to us.