C.H.I.E.F. - Paying It Forward
The concept of “Pay It Forward” was first expressed as far back as in a prizewinning play in ancient Athens in 317 BC and was rediscovered and described by Benjamin Franklin, one of our founding fathers of the U.S., in a letter to Benjamin Webb dated April 22, 1784:
C.H.I.E.F. - Pay It Forward“I do not pretend to give such a Sum; I only lend it to you. When you [...] meet with another honest Man in similar Distress, you must pay me by lending this Sum to him; enjoining him to discharge the Debt by a like operation, when he shall be able, and shall meet with another opportunity. I hope it may thus go thro’ many hands, before it meets with a Knave that will stop its Progress. This is a trick of mine for doing a deal of good with a little money.”

Among others in the last 100 years, Woody Hayes, a well known college football coach for Ohio State University, popularized the concept by often quoting, “You can never pay back; but you can always pay forward”.

C.H.I.E.F. - Sustaining the FutureTheir leadership and learned skills will be needed to develop the means whereby to create a self-sustaining local community. Beginning with the agricultural training they received through C.H.I.E.F., tailored to their own region where their families live, to feed their families, and to teach and train others in the surrounding area to do likewise. Then leadership in the development of marketing and distribution of all excess production to create a viable income for their families and local community, bringing about the needed positive change and sustainable development for their impoverished societies.

C.H.I.E.F. - Doing GoodIn 2000, Catherine Ryan Hyde’s novel Pay It Forward was published and adapted into a Warner Brothers film, Pay It Forward.  In Ryan Hyde’s book and movie it is described as an obligation to do three good deeds for others in repayment of a good deed that one receives. Such good deeds should be things that the other person cannot accomplish on their own.  In this way, the need to help one another can spread exponentially through society, creating a social movement with the goal of making the world a better place.

C.H.I.E.F. - Pass it OnThis is the philosophy and belief system that will be espoused and taught to the students who come through the C.H.I.E.F. program, teaching them that they cannot pay back C.H.I.E.F. for what they have received, but in returning to their families in their own local communities that they are to “Pay It Forward” by demonstrating leadership in training and teaching at least three others what they have learned, so that those they teach can become self-sufficient also, providing for their own families and local communities.  And training those they teach to go and do likewise, thereby bringing about a continual positive and lasting change to their formerly impoverished societies and nations.