The Nut & Fish
A) The project in short and the financing of volunteer interchange .
1) The participating centres, approximately 8 around the coconut belt, will each be distributing 1000 paint kits with enclosed instruction booklets and an official invitation to contribute.
2) The centres will collect of the artworks performed by the children of the communities. For each contribution CFF will pay 1 Euro, max 2000 contributions per centre (Overproduction can be sold through the centre, the community or on personal basis). From the complete collection, the centre will select 25 contributions as the winners who then will receive an additional 1 – 25 Euro.
3) The 500 selected art works from all the centres will be displayed at Museums of Modern Art around the world and sold in Auction Style Exhibitions. These events could moderately calculated be expected to generate an income of 400'000 Euro from sales and another 200'000 Euro from sponsoring, with an average price per fish of 1'000 Euro.
4) The remaining artworks will be sold through flower shops, preferable a flower shop network as a new allergy free product "The Dry Aquarium Decoration". The fish could probably be sold for 10 euros net each and could be paired with a brochure about the project where more sponsoring could be attracted. The sales of this product could generate at least 20'000 Euro in fish sales and another 50'000 Euro in sponsoring.
5) Administrative costs for the project wil be less then 20% which will give each participating centre around 70'000 euro worth of project money per year. The project could probably grow further, new museums and more fishes and the sales through flower shops could probably also be increased.
B) The history of the project and its main points.
1) When I worked as a volunteer in Thailand I realized that the coconut, when liberated of its cask, looks like a fish and that empty and dried nuts are readily availably throughout the coconut belt. After the Tsunami I donated paint to orphaned children on Koh Phi Phi and inspired them to paint Coconutfishes as a way for them to deal with their trauma and to get an income by selling their work to the tourists.
2) When working as a volunteer in Mexico I came to realize that the original Asian knowledge of cooking with coconuts had mostly been lost in the Americas due to the brutal colonization. I saw undernourished children receive food supplements manufactured in factories in the US while the coconuts readily available around them where neglected.
3) While visiting Europe I realized that the continent was full of well educated and well off but very unhappy and insecure city dwelling people. They were unhappy and insecure due to a lack of context, connection and understanding of life that was a result of an increasingly aggressive materialism and urbanisation. I realized that most of them would greatly benefit from a volunteer experience in a place where the basic fundaments of life was still clearly visible. They would also greatly benefit from the feeling of being useful to others in a loving way and not only like used fools to the owners of land and labour, the way life have turned out for the majority.
4) After studying Ayurveda and working with food and health for several years in Asia it came clear to me that a majority of the problems we see in the world today come from over consumption of carbohydrates. According to Ayurveda, 60% of all, so called, diseases come from that and a corresponding lack of fat in our diets. The root of the problem could probably be us failing to see the connection between health and diet, emotions and general life conditions.
5) Today the production and consumption of sugar and meat pose a serious threat to our environment and health. The carbohydrate and oil driven society also severely harms marine life, another topic to be addressed in the project
6) Coconut and banana are two foods that in themselves give us all nutrition that we need. Wow, what a world we would have if we came back to our roots and realized the fact that the less that we have the happier and freer we could be. If we meet we can learn new old things.