NPI Awards & Nominations

Needful Provision, Inc.
P.O. Box 1595
Tahlequah OK 74465

Congratulations, Barter Trade for Community Development has been chosen as the Leader to Leader Institute's Nonprofit Innovation of the Week for December 28, 2005 - January 3, 2006.

This week (December 28 - January 3): You can see the listing as the Innovation of the Week http://L2Li.org/innovation/innov_of_week/index.asp.

After this week you will be able to find the program profile at: http://L2Li.org/innovation/innovation/innovation.asp?innov_id=618.Thank you for submitting your application to the Drucker Innovation Award, and best wishes for your future success.


Leader to Leader Institute

(formerly the Drucker Foundation)

NPI's U.S. Patent No. 5,121,708 (donated by David A. Nuttle, Inventor
and NPI's founder) received a National Farmer Idea Award from the 2003 American Farm Bureau Convention, in January 2003. The same technology was recently selected by the Agriculture Committee of the St. Petersburg District Government, of Russia. NPI will join with St. Petersburg State Technological University, also in Russia, to begin a community food security and biosecurity project near St. Petersburg. The brochure which follows, used for the Farm Bureau Convention, provides a summary of this technology.

2003 Farmer Idea Exchange (doc 44kb)

Limb Salvage International, Inc.
215 Woodlawn Avenue; 1 Plaza South, PMB 140
Tahlequah, OK 74464 USA
29 September 2004
Leslie Shopay, Mgr.
Conrad N. Hilton Humaitarian Prize; Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
10100 Santa Monica Blvd.; Suite 1000; Los Angeles, CA 90067
Re: The Nomination of Needful Provision, Inc. (NPI) for The Conrad N. Hilton Humaitarian Prize, for 2005

Dear Ms. Shopay & Hilton Prize Jury:
This letter is to nominate Needful Provision, Inc. (NPI) for the subject prize. NPI is an Oklahoma based 501(c)(3) charity founded on 12 June 1995. You may confirm NPI’s 501(c)(3) status, and financials on GuideStar’s website (www.guidestar.org). Current projects, for NPI, may be seen on its website: www.needfulprovision.org. As nominator,
I certify that I am President of an Oklahoma charity, Limb Salvage Intl. (LSI) ---and I am not an employee, officer, or Director of NPI. In addition, I am not a family member of any employee or officer affiliated with NPI. Please address nomination related inquiries to the nominator, the undersigned, at the above address and telephone number.

Please be advised that LSI has worked with NPI in planning a project, and I am also a former volunteer and unpaid, independent Director of NPI. Thus, I have based NPI’s nomination on my direct knowledge of the effective global work, by this charity, as regards its successful alleviation of human suffering.

NPI seeks to help the poor, worldwide, by providing innovative self-help, self-sufficiency technologies to resolve problems in the areas of water, food, housing, energy, health, barter, and microenterprise development. NPI’s staff, at NPI’s training centers in Oklahoma and Mexico, teaches these technologies. NPI is planning additional self-help technology training centers in Russia and Kenya. Most of NPI’s long success, in the alleviation of human suffering, comes from a distance learning program whereby many volunteers --volunteers working with charities assisting the world’s poor-- obtain said technology training via NPI’s website (see above). Many of their poor clients are assisted, by these volunteers, in using NPI’s website to learn said technology. Over 800 users daily, most from Third World countries, obtain technology from NPI’s website.

Several of NPI’s technologies are making extraordinary contributions toward real alleviation of human suffering by the poor. The most significant of these technologies are as follows: 1) A solar water still (for production of potable water); 2) A solar
powered refrigerator for food storage; 3) A solar powered oven for cooking; 4) A group of unique food production systems; 5) A simple means of forming strong earth-block for home construction; 6) Alternative energy systems for local power; 7) A technique to boost immune response and improve health; 8) A barter system to help the poor acquire basic needs items; and 9) A series of microenterprise development techniques to improve income opportunities. These technologies are making a positive difference for the poor.

NPI’s founder, David A. Nuttle, invented 63 self-help technologies designed to assist poor Third World villagers achieve self-sufficiency. Nuttle has donated his inventions to NPI. Examples of these inventions may be seen on NPI’s website (see above) under such topics as “Solar Technologies, Potable Water, Healthy Kids, Aquaponics, Barter Trade, and Peace Technologies. These technologies are based upon Nuttle’s U.S. Patents, like U.S. Patent No. 5,121,708 ---a unique food production system. The U.S. Patent Office has therefore determined that NPI’s technologies are innovative, and the many programs developed from these technologies are also unique but easily replicated, worldwide.

The staff at NPI each has long and successful records of distinguished achievement in alleviating human suffering. Nuttle started his efforts in 1959 when he helped to resettle over 300,000 refugees in South Viet-Nam, while also helping to demonstrate possible merits of the then proposed Peace Corps. For his lengthy record of similar service, worldwide, Nuttle was given a Thomas Jefferson Humanitarian Service Award along with many related awards from the U.S. and foreign nations. NPI’s COO, Dr. Charles A. Gourd has provided over three decades of humanitarian service on behalf of poor indigenous populations, worldwide, via organizations such as the United Nations and NPI. Karen M. Lees, NPI’s Director of Training, has 27 years experience in the planning, development, and implementation of special education efforts for poor and
disadvantaged populations. Ms. Lees is directing NPI’s distance learning effort, and is planning NPI’s Radio Schools Program to help with the redevelopment of Sudan and other countries experiencing major conflict.

NPI joins with other charities, corporations, university labs, and national labs in its sustained effort to research, develop, and demonstrate unique self-help, self-sufficiency technologies. The NPI support network is worldwide with assistance being given by U.S. and foreign universities such as St. Petersburg State Technological University, in Russia. Over the years, NPI has been mostly self-funded by means of licensing some of its very unique proprietary technologies, for commercial use, in order to provide sustained royalty income. For this reason, NPI will have the capacity to sustain its efforts. NPI’s staff has a high level of administrative and management capability and efficiency. There are a number of NPI volunteers, with specialized skills, available to assist the NPI staff with special needs. In brief, NPI has demonstrated it can successfully perform.

The long-term impact, of NPI’s effort, is based on having subject technologies available for distance education via NPI’s website ---a website that is being constantly
improved. In addition, NPI’s new Radio Schools Program will help bring these self-help technologies to poor populations having a high level of risk. Sustainability will also be enhanced by the expansion of barter trade activities that make it possible for isolated and impoverished peoples to acquire basic needs now, and for many years to come. For the above reasons, and many more, I have nominated Needful provision, Inc. (NPI) for The Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, for 2005.

Reed Burk, DPM, President

"Volvo Award Nomination."

David A. Nuttle
Tahlequah, Oklahoma

For over four decades, David A. Nuttle has provided humanitarian services to the poorest of the poor, and those living in fear, worldwide. After graduation with a BS degree in Agriculture ---from Kansas State University, in 1958--- Mr. Nuttle went to then South Viet-Nam to help resettle over 300,000 Vietnamese refugees from North Viet-Nam. At the same time, he used his agricultural experience and training, to help the South Vietnamese Government (GVN) establish a network of agricultural research stations as well as an agricultural extension program. Working with International Voluntary Services (IVS), and 19 other young American volunteers, a very successful humanitarian program was created that was soon used as a model to help create the Peace Corps.

As the above effort was ending in 1961, the communist Viet-Cong terrorists were attacking villagers throughout South Viet-Nam with the most damaging attacks being directed against Montagnard tribal villages in the II Corps, highland, area. The South Vietnamese Army (ARVN) could not effectively operate in Montagnard areas due to ancient hatreds between the Vietnamese and Montagnard. U.S. Ambassador
Fredrick Nolting ---and CIA Station Chief, Bill Colby--- asked Mr. Nuttle to stay and work with U.S. Army Col. Gilbert Layton in developing a Montagnard militia, so the Montagnard could defend their own villages. Due to Mr. Nuttle’s prior work with the Montagnard, he was instrumental in helping to start what became known as the Civilian Irregular Defense Group (CIDG) Program for the Montagnard. U.S. Army Special Forces A-Teams were used to train the tribal militia, and Mr. Nuttle developed the civic action/ humanitarian aspects of the CIDG effort, as well as “forging” agreements between the Montagnard and GVN officials. By the end of 1962, the CIDG Program had proven that the Montagnard could defeat the Viet-Cong and defend their villages from attack(s). However, the GVN’s President, Ngo Dinh Diem, soon ordered the effort discontinued because he feared that organized Montagnard forces could become a threat to his regime. Despite this abrupt end, the CIDG concept was established as being valid, and it has since been used to help other rural and tribal populations defend themselves from terrorist attack(s).

During the period 1962 to 1976, Mr. Nuttle worked with various Third World governments, in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East --to help them create innovative development programs that would facilitate humanitarian efforts while also reducing threats to security or national defense. Between various foreign assignments, Mr. Nuttle worked to write doctrinal and training materials to help U.S Government
employees, in several agencies, learn to assist Third World governments undertake this type of dual mission. The dual mission was to help remove the poverty that often causes terrorism, while acting to protect populations from terrorist attacks or insurgency. A recent (2004) report, by Craig Fields and Philip Odeen (published by the Defense Science Board), indicates that the U.S. Military did not learn the dual mission lesson ---and has suffered the consequences in Iraq and Afghanistan. In the long run, however, even our military may employ Mr. Nuttle’s proven technique for successful dual missions. As a result of these various efforts, Mr. Nuttle was awarded the CIA’s Star for Valor, and the Thomas Jefferson Humanitarian Award, as well as numerous foreign awards. The U.S. Dept. of Defense (DOD) contracted with the Research Analysis Corporation (RAC) to study why Mr. Nuttle’s above said efforts were so effective. (Mr. Nuttle had told DOD why the success occurred, but DOD wanted a second opinion.)

In 1976, after working with the poorest of the poor, in 42 Third World countries, Mr. Nuttle started an intense period of research, development, and invention to help create the technologies needed to assist the poor in helping themselves. This work ended in 1995, with the creation (by Mr. Nuttle) of 63 self-help, self-sufficiency inventions such as: 1) A solar still (to obtain potable water); 2) A solar-powered refrigerator to help preserve foods; 3) A solar-powered oven for indoor, pollution-free cooking, and to provide heating on cold nights; 4) An inexpensive means to grow basic food supplements; 5) A rainwater harvesting and storage system; 6) A simple machine for making a strong earth-block for self-help home construction; 7) A unique system of disease prevention; 8) A new carbon sequestration crop to help reduce CO2 levels while providing income for farmers; 9) A microenterprise development program to create new jobs; 10) A new system for barter trade to help the poor acquire needed items; and 11) Other similar innovations. After scientific peer review, Mr. Nuttle received numerous grants in support of this work ---and was awarded several patents confirming the innovative nature of the efforts.

On 12 June 1995, Mr. Nuttle started Needful Provision, Inc. (NPI), a 501(c)(3) charity, to provide a more formal and sustainable way to continue prior work for the benefit of the poor. Self-help technologies developed are taught to the poor at NPI’s training centers in Mexico, India, Kenya, and the U.S. ---with additional centers being planned for Russia and Iraq. Self-help instruction is also being provided by means of distance education via NPI’s website (www.needfulprovision.org). Over 800 users obtain information, each day, from NPI’s website. An estimated 39 percent of users are benefited by NPI’s self-help technologies, and each user typically acts to provide this information to 320 other poor villagers. Thus, NPI now assists over 99,000 persons in need annually. A typical user is community leader, Luis Albanes, of the village of Metalio (near the port of Acajutla), in El Salvador. Luis used the Internet to find NPI’s information on self-help solar refrigeration. After consulting with NPI’s staff, Luis and the local fisherman are using subject technology to construct a cool room to preserve their catch of fish averaging over 3,700 kilograms per week. There is absolutely no doubt that thousands of the world’s poor are acting to improve their lives using Mr. Nuttle’s technologies that he has donated to NPI. Some of these technologies are also being used to help create social enterprises producing both public good and royalty income to support NPI’s various charitable activities.

Mr. Nuttle has used his prior homeland security experience to help plan a model Citizens Corps program in support of U.S. homeland security efforts. In addition, he has been helping the Russians plan a biosecurity project. In Iraq, Mr. Nuttle is planning a Radio School effort to provide remote self-help training, as well as assorted infrastructure redevelopment training for the Iraqi population. This is an urgent and very critical effort given the fact that charities such as Doctors Without Borders and CARE have removed their volunteers from Iraq, after having some volunteers kidnapped and/or killed. To help improve the survivability of such volunteers, Mr. Nuttle is expanding his “Universal Survival Handbook” and this will then be posted on NPI’s website for easy access by all volunteers working in hazardous areas. Mr. Nuttle’s original survival handbook, written for police and military organizations, has proven that such information can help to save lives in times of high threat. Thus, this current effort (by Mr. Nuttle) is vital to helping charities to sustain their work in areas having the greatest need. In addition to the overseas focus, Mr. Nuttle is working in the U.S. to help poor Native American populations achieve community food security. Other current U.S. efforts include training of recent Hmong tribal refugees resettled in Arkansas after their escape from attacking communist forces in Laos. Nuttle is also directing NPI’s efforts to develop a new carbon sequestration crop for U.S. farmers ---a crop that will increase farm income while also reducing CO2 levels to help protect the environment.

A number of books and magazine articles have been written about Mr. Nuttle’s efforts, and he has been frequently recognized for his many contributions. Mr. Nuttle’s most significant accomplishment has been to train many other volunteers to continue his work to assist the world’s 2 (two) billion poor. But since NPI’s efforts have been mostly self-funded, and with a major overseas focus, NPI and Mr. Nuttle are generally unknown to the philanthropic community in the United States.

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