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Humanity at Work

Foundation Beyond Belief is a humanist charity that promotes secular volunteering and responsible charitable giving. Guided by the principles of secular humanism, our mission is to:

  • Unite the humanist community in volunteering and charitable efforts.

  • Advocate for compassionate action throughout the world.

We forward our mission through these programs:

  • Giving: providing an avenue for humanists to regularly give to highly qualified and vetted charities in a number of cause areas.

  • Volunteering Network: supporting secular groups in doing service activities in their local communities with our Beyond Belief Network.

  • Service Corps: An international volunteering program supporting and strengthening local, well-established nonprofits to improve lives.

  • Disaster Recovery: providing humanists an avenue to donate to a qualified and vetted charity in the event of a disaster and sending volunteers out to help rebuild after a disaster strikes.

In short, Foundation Beyond Belief is humanity at work.

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The amount of forest protected by Cool Earth’s partners grows every year. That’s because good ideas spread fast. In Peru, neighbors have learned about Cool Earth at volleyball matches, chatonka tournaments, and vaccination drives. In the Congo, it’s usually at a wedding. In Papua New Guinea, where the rainforest meets the sea, how better to spread the word than a sailing race?

At the very first Cool Earth regatta, 28 outrigger canoes with tarpaulin sails turned up at Gadaisu for a day of racing and dancing. People came from far and wide to compete, and the news about Cool Earth traveled back to a remote village called Wabumari, who sent Basil Matasi to ask if we would come for a visit. Wabumari means ‘morning dew’ and it lies about an hour’s boat ride from Gadaisu. Houses constructed from sago poles with screens woven from coconut sit alone a muddy, sheltered shore. Situated just behind is a shallow basin covered in pristine flat rainforest that is, unfortunately, ideal for palm oil production.

While it is a beautiful place, poverty makes the community vulnerable. Three-quarters of families earn less than £10 a month, with most scraping together a living by selling betel nuts or fishing. Offers from palm plantation owners for their forest are difficult to resist. That is why Wabumari village contacted Cool Earth to ask if it would be possible to form a partnership with them. They want to develop sustainable incomes to outprice loggers. They also want to address immediate concerns like lack of access to education and good healthcare.

Wabumari is actually made up of ten little hamlets. Together there are 69 families who are struggling to defend their forest. Like everywhere in Papua New Guinea, there’s an amazing variety of languages which are spoken. As well as the local language, Lausaha, most people speak English and at least one other. Some speak as many as six. But no matter the language, they are all united by a common goal – to protect their forest.

Thanks to their’s supporters, Cool Earth was able to say ‘yes’ to Wabumari right away. It’s not all been smooth sailing. It’s taken months just to open a bank account for the community association due to the yards of red tape. But it’s one of the few things Cool Earth insists on, so they can give funds to a separate entity, not a single person, and this way the community stays in control. This month Wabumari has officially become Cool Earth’s second partner village in Papua New Guinea - bringing another 40,000 acres into community protection.

Foundation Beyond Belief is proud to have Cool Earth as our Q4 2016 Natural World beneficiary. We share their mission to preserve and defend the forest and we applaud their willingness to work hard with local villages to make sure the job is done right. To find out more about how you can support Cool Earth and our other beneficiaries, go to our website.

By Special to FBB from Cool Earth

I am an atheist. There I said it.

More accurately, I am a secular humanist. This description doesn’t mean a lot to many people, but it is how I approach my work in the world. It does mean that I don’t adhere to any belief in any particular god. I adhere to the tenets of secular humanism. By default, I am an atheist. Humanism is defined by the American Humanist Association as a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism and other supernatural beliefs, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity.

When people learn I am an atheist they are often shocked and completely overlook the overall humanist part of my makeup. My wife, who is an openly secular nonbeliever, was once told, “but you seem like such a nice person” when she informed the individual of her worldview. I’ve been told that many times as well. People who say that don’t realize how insulting that is. Atheists as a group have been wrongfully stigmatized as miserable, evil people who are determined to fight religion and curb religious rights in the world. One of my many goals in coming to work in Ghana for the Humanist Service Corps (HSC) is to help disprove that misconception by showing that there are good and decent people who are making a difference in the world without the adherence to any particular religion or a belief in a higher power.

Atheists are everywhere.


By Warren Tidwell, HSC:Ghana Voluteer

Fire Festival

14 Oct 2016

I have watched the waves dance on the shore of a land where people were stolen and taken far away from their homes to never return. On my journey here I stood in awe at the base of the tallest man-made structure in the world. I have befriended legends and watched their lives change for the good. Now I have experienced the Fire Festival of the northern region and I am changed in many ways.

The precious fleeting good moments seem so few and far between in our lives when taken with the day to day efforts of simply living. If we are fortunate we are present in that moment and feel it in its entirety. This occurred with the Bugum Chugu, or Fire Festival. 


By Warren Tidwell, HSC: Ghana Volunteer

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