Go Conscious Earth (GCEarth) is a 501(c)3 U.S. non-profit organization saving large tracts of land in the Congo River Basin, the second largest rainforest in the world. We preserve rainforest, raise awareness about rainforest destruction, work with the communities against poverty around the rainforest, and invite others to join our mission.
GCEarth was founded by Godi Godar Moteke Molanga in 2012. Godar grew up in the Bantomba tribe on Lake Tumba (or Ntomba) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Godar is the eldest son of the chief of his tribe, and as a child, he had dreams that he would move across oceans and return home to support and protect his people. At the age of 21, he moved to the United States. Almost 30 years later, just before her death, Godar’s mother spoke to him of the dire situation of ongoing illegal and large scale logging of nearby territories and the threat to the forests they called home. She asked him to help put a stop to the rainforest destruction that was devastating the lives of their people, killing endangered animals, and ruining the air of the planet. Since then, Godar and the many volunteers who believe in him and his work have worked tirelessly to do just that and more.
In 2014, due to his strong ties to the local community and the DRC government, Godar secured a one-million-acre land concession for his village and neighboring villages. The next step was to help them with their most basic of needs, starting with clean water.
In the Summer of 2015, GCEarth used crowdfunding to raise $50,000. Over the following few months, GCEarth raised the remaining $25,000 from other fundraising initiatives, almost all via small donations. As an all-volunteer organization through the end of 2015, GCEarth’s operational costs were less than 7% of the total revenues for the year.
As a result, with very limited funds and a lot of perseverance, in February of 2016, we initiated our first community development project – the purchase of the Village Drill, the local training on well building, and the installation of five water wells in five villages, resulting in clean water for over 10,000 people. Through further crowdfunding and various small scale sponsorship, we returned in 2017 to install six more wells, increasing the reach to approximately 22,000 people.
During the project trip in 2017 we also initiated water testing to ensure that the well water is indeed free of contaminants. So far all reports are positive!
Additionally, GCE volunteer Marvin Mots PhD. of Renaissance DIY Grid, LLC introduced renewable energy technology to the Lake Tumba region! 20 panels with 6 batteries were installed in Bikoro at the central marketplace providing lighting, as well as a charging station with daylight direct current for cooking and to run machinery.2 panels and a battery were also installed at the GCE office in Mbandaka for powering computer, lights, printer and a charging station.
Additionally, a Solar Power team was .mobilized and trained on solar panel installation and maintenance. The Solar Power Team is responsible for ensuring the safe keeping and maintenance of the solar panels in Bikoro.