My name is Alan Foster. I am a small business owner specializing in facility maintenance. I was asked a couple of years ago by David Neely, President of ACI, to partner with his organization. They needed an outside perspective on what specifics are involved with maintaining a building used for education. As this dialog progressed, i soon realized his organization was building a class room made from a shipping crate and that it was going to be shipped to Africa. I was amazed about this idea and further amazed that he had the foresight to get others involved so that no detail was missed. I was so moved by the idea that i partnered with ACI. I not only worked with his team of architects, engineers and eventually a school for the prototype but my company donated other resources to help get this project underway.
It was refreshing to find an organization that truely focused on the end result. I watched ACI gather the different trades and experts needed for this project. They way that David gathered these individual pieces and networked them into a common goal was impressive. Their idea of finding the right people and resources to complete projects for those less fortunate is a great one. Its too bad they are so terribly underfunded. They have a great vision and many more opportunities to help those in third-world countries. I challenge all who take time to read this that they can make a difference. With each individual effort comes a great movement for change and care for our fellow man.