BLI is committed to regularly measuring our impact, both quantitatively and qualitatively. With our first group of caretakers now on campus, we are in the process of collecting information and stories from these caretakers. We will then continue to track their progress once they leave BLI to see the long-term results of their education with us. Additionally, we are regularly collecting data about the plants, trees, and other wildlife species on our campus to see the impact we are having on the land. We will continuously update this site so you can see the progress that we are making at BLI.
In the early months of 2021, BLI welcomed its first cohort of caretakers. For the first few months, 14 seminarians also joined this cohort, learning about integral ecology and care for creation. 16 other caretakers remain on campus today, residing in two dormitories. Click below to meet them!
BLI By The Numbers
BLI's theory of change centers around the assumption that change not only occurs from direct contact and interaction with people and environments but also through indirect contact. This is why BLI has the apprenticeship model built into the Caretaker formation program. When Caretakers take their knowledge and share it with apprentices back in their home villages, the knowledge of Integral Ecology and sustainable agriculture proliferates, reaching more people and places than BLI itself could ever hope to reach directly. Listed below are the ways that BLI sees its direct impacts turning into indirect impacts and creating far-reaching, lasting change.
Trained Caretakers (~30/year) --------> Caretaker apprentices (~60-120/year)
Partner school children (~600/year) --------> Local families (thousands)
Partner village households (~360/year) --------> Entire village/regional transformation
Planted trees (30,000/year) --------> Increased biodiversity, wildlife
Conserved forest (240 acres) --------> Cleaner air, less flooding and deforestation
Ethically treated animals --------> Safer proteins, less disease
Sustainable harvests --------> Food security, good nutrition, better health