How it all Started
Long before the world-wide success of the single ‘Saltwater” in 1991 and before ‘Inconvenient Truth’ was even a sparkle in Al Gore’s eye, Julian Lennon cared deeply about our planet and he continues to do so.
Julian has been focusing on ways that we can all make a difference in what has become a rather sensitively-balanced world.
Symbolically, a white feather has personal meaning for Julian and therefore it became a natural name for his new Foundation
– The White Feather Foundation.
Dad once said to me, that should he pass away, if there was some way of letting me know he was going to be ok - that we were all going to be ok - the message would come to me in the form of a White Feather. Then something happened to me, whilst on tour with the last album, Photograph Smile, in Australia. I was presented with a White Feather by an Aboriginal tribal elder, from The Mirning people, which definitely took my breath away. The White Feather Foundation was created for the purpose of giving a voice and support to those who cannot be heard. The tribal elders asked for my help, as I could bring awareness to their plight and to others who were suffering the same. Having had the White Feather bestowed upon me, I knew this endeavour was to be part of my destiny. One thing for sure is that the White Feather has always represented peace to me, as well as communication...
Julian Lennon, 2009
This year our main focus will be on water projects, which coincides with the United Nations International year of water. Furthermore, The WFF shall continue to aid ongoing humanitarian and environmental projects. Your participation in this event will help make an immeasurable difference to the countless lives of those less fortunate.
We are often deeply touched by various images and information we are exposed to in the media regarding poverty and suffering. Yet, however much compassion and concern we all feel as individuals, we are often intimidated by the enormity of the problems we face and feel helpless to implement any real change. However what we cannot accomplish as individuals, we can do collectively.
Thanks to the insight of Julian Lennon, an internationally renowned musician, philanthropist and gifted photographer, we now have the means to translate these feelings into effective action.
In 2007 he founded a new charity – The White Feather Foundation, to deal with environmental and humanitarian issues. To act with partners from around the world to raise funds for the betterment of all life, and to honor those who have made a difference. In the brief time of it’s existence, it has gained charitable status under British law and been recognized by Prince Albert II of Monaco who honored the Foundation with the ‘Better World Environmental Award’ in 2008.
The White Feather Foundation has already funded and completed important projects relieving poverty and distress in Kenya; in the Amazon Basin; in Sri Lanka; in Peru and in Gambia as well as funding ecological projects in England. The WFF has assisted the ‘Amazon Conservation Team’ by funding a shaman school promoting native Amazonian spirituality and it’s central message of living in harmony with the natural environment. Now it is about to focus on one of the most pressing problems that plague the developing world—Clean WATER
One natural resource that is essential for life and is in appallingly short supply is clean water. Nearly 5000 People, mainly children, die each day from preventable water-born diseases, almost 1 billion people lack clean water today, and this is increasing rapidly. Water scarcity affects one in three people worldwide, Nearly 10% of people worldwide consume foods irrigated by wastewater that contain chemicals or disease-causing organisms.
Our foundation firmly believes that access to clean drinking water, is a basic Human right, and our goal is to provide clean drinkable water to those who have no access at present. Concentrating on communities that are prepared to help themselves, we aim to help people develop their own infrastructure; we can transform the lives of people who are struggling. We also wish to invest in education, which provides a way out of conflict by stimulating understanding and unity among peoples.
Giving access to clean water not only saves lives, but also provides irrigation for plants and allows communities to flourish on many levels. Chronic lack of water, sanitation and hygiene has serious repercussions, as we all know, and makes sustainable development impossible. An old saying states ‘Give someone a fish and they eat for a day. Teach them to fish, and they eat for life’. The preferred way forward is by working with other organisations to achieve common goals pooling resources and cutting costs. Help us to help those in need: aid our efforts to create sustainable lifestyles and preserve life on earth. Our compassion needs to become the mainspring of our action. Collectively we can do what is impossible for isolated individuals.
Your help can contribute to projects that will save lives and create sustainable ways of life for people who are now in perpetual peril, help preserve and enhance the lives of deprived people across the globe in an ecological, balanced and sustainable way.
For Donations and all other enquiries please email: email@example.com
The White Feather Foundation
London, UK. Registered Charity Commission Number 268369