http://www.thebreadoflife.org – Planning Stage.
Objectives; Setup a chain of restuarants serving basic local dishes for paying customers and at the same time, the primary objective is to feed the sick and needy, creating a social buffer for the poor, funded solely by donations. When this is successful, will work with local supermarkets to provide low cost/free fresh food and provisions for the old, sick and needy. Will also work with healthcare organisations to provide free/cheap healthcare at home/in clinics/hospitals for the needy.
Location ; Startup in Singapore, then create a chain store concept which can be franchised out to interested parties, but primary social work funded by the Foundation. Next China, then other third world countries, in major cities around the world, working with local authorities and government.
Message ; To spread the “New Economy” concept, self help group to solve local problems themselves, and the right of every human being to given a free meal and not go hungry, and the will to get everyone out of the poverty cycle.
Publicity ; To complete a book on “The Ultimate Knowledge” and spread the “New Economy” concept, and get everyone in every country out of the poverty cycle.
Donations ; Funded solely by donations to be raised by contributions from individuals, corporations and government. If need arises, will trade solving problems for others for donations and contributions.
Targeted individuals for aid ; Work with local authorities, christian organisations, hospitals, prison self help groups, and economic relief organisations.
Work concepts ; Branches to situated near MRTs or high traffic yield, or in city area where transport is easily accessable by the masses. Each branch will ideally have a basic van to provide distribution of food/grocery to the homes of the old, sick and needy. If successful this concept will also help revive the local economy by creating demand for food, vegetables, grocery and also work for the unemployed. Very heavy responsibilty as the amount of resources will be very great, so proper planning and controls must be in place, with the support and contributions of local government, should only break even. The idea is to provide self help in times of need, not a permanent solution or a lifelong one, until the individual is able to get up on their feet to be economically viable again. Access to aid will be distributed by coupons.
Ideals : “No one will help you unless you help yourselves.” This is intended to be a buffer for the needy in times of need, and other messages and working with other self help groups to teach about “Green concepts”, “Aids prevention”, “Healthy Lifestyle”, and “Antiwar, antinuclear” ideals, with work with other voluntary organisations.
Accounting and Control ; Each branch must have a computer, broadband connections with a simple POS keyboard to key in daily sales, coupons used which will be sent back to main branch Accounts Dept for reporting and budgeting & controls, which must not fall into deficit. If proper controls are exercised, I am confident there shouldn’t be any problem in Singapore but China is going to be a big headache, but I am sure there are ways to walk around this problem.
Others ; The franchise restuarant can also sell drinks, but I would rather not support one that serve alcohol or cigerettes. Different countries, there will be different concepts, to cater to the local taste and demand.
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