WE BELIEVE COMMUNITIES THRIVE WHEN THEY WORK TOGETHER
Vibrant and flourishing African communities in an ever-changing world.
Promoting and supporting community-driven development through partnerships and the sharing of knowledge and expertise.
Collaboration. Innovation. Changemaking.
We value collaborative and innovative change making. At the heart of these values is the desire to support people as leaders and stewards of their own growth and development.
We acknowledge and assert that Africa is the "epitome of resilience" and home to "technological geniuses, artists, activists, scholars and thriving despite slavery, colonization and continued exploitation by western countries in the present day."
(quotes from Chidera Ihejirika's 2018 article in Afropunk.)
ICPSD was incorporated as a nonprofit organization in the state of Idaho in 2012. Official operations began and 501(c)(3) tax status was received in January of 2015.
“Little by little, a little becomes a lot.” - Tanzanian Proverb
WHAT IS THE FOREST?
A tree planted by itself can contribute to many things. But when planted as part of a forest, it truly thrives and contributes to a greater cumulative difference. Just like trees, we believe people grow and thrive together.
The Forest is a community of monthly donors actively fighting climate change & deforestation through the empowerment and support of community. The Forest are people like you giving anything they can to help communities in Africa define and pursue their own sustainable development. The Forest members cultivate forests, both figuratively through their support of sustainably minded community development and literally through direct support of the growing and planting of native tree species.