Abalimi Bezekhaya - Planters of the Home

Abalimi is a Volunteer Association working to empower the disadvantaged through its organic Urban Agriculture program & projects. We support our target groups' ability to replicate their success and transform their lives in their urban and rural environments, through the following Key Result Areas: resource support; training; organisation building; facilitation of partnerships; research, monitoring and evaluation.
Dec 16, 2014

Story of a Beetroot

Hello dear GlobalGiving Friends- please see the story in the link attached. The Story of a Beetroot :)

How many of you know exactly where your food comes from- how it is grown, how nature is treated, how labour is treated, who grows it and what they think about their work? 

Labels have replaced knowledge and delinked us from nature and food. And each other.

Many people find it no problem to sit in a comfy chair and eat their burgers grown from factory farms where animals suffer  and watch while other people in the world fight, starve or die.

You are clearly not thosekind of people.

Thank you for trying to make a differenceby helping us.

As a result we can and domake a difference.

May your Christmas be joyful and your 2015 be peaceful

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Oct 13, 2014

new movie on our work

Greetings dear GlobalGiving Friends

Todd A. Somodevilla & Marysia Makowska ,USA moviemakers, came to CapeTown and made an award winning movie about our work!  Their website is http://www.abalimifilm.com

See the movie via the link below! 

As you may already know, we are not a "begin-end" project.

We are an intergenerational programme, a permanent golden thread weaving among unemployed people in their thousands, who  can thereby find their way to become food secure at home and to create cash secure micro-farming enterprises that last.

This is enabled to happen because people like you help us to make it happen.

There would be no hunger in the world if more people created family micro-farms.  There would be no need for unemployment if those with money chose to buy their food from family micro-farmers.  Family micro-farming is cost effective and sustainable. 100m2 can feed a family of four or five year round with all the fresh veg they need.  500m2 can generate an income of up to ZAR 3000.00 (about USD270) per month with relative ease and feed a family of four or five. ZAR 3000 does not sound like a lot to those of us who are used to middle classlives. But its significant for the 50% of the world's population who are excluded from the first world economy.

Thank you,as ever,  one and all for your ongoing interest and amazing support.......

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Jul 24, 2014

a new South Africa through Family Farming

Hello once again dear Global Giving Friends,  one and all!

Do you know about the International year of Family Farming 2014 - IYFF ? ** See the link below** . Here in SA we are finally launching a national inititiative to promote Family Farming and Abalimi-Harvest of Hope is of course a shining jewel in the IYFF-South Africa crown.

We are very late to launch the national IYFF initiative since we are - as a national movement - generally underfunded, widely dispersed and terribly busy in our own programmes. But there are many wonderful "jewel projects"  all over SA besides Abalimi-Harvest of Hope, as well!  I will report on these later once we have a platform up and running to promote them.

Back to Abalimi-Harvest of Hope. Its all go go go- you must please understand that real development is intergenerational- we are working with the extremely marginalised majority- the 50% of our population who are under-educated and cannot ever hope to get "jobs"  in the formal market place.   These are people who our government is afraid of. For they are now getting more restive and if in the next five years the government does not fulfill its many promises as laid out in our constitution and on election platforms, we have a100% sure-fire recipe for violent revolution- a kind of South African Spring, like the Arab Spring.

But this wont happen- why? Because the peaceful Family Farming revolution is growing under the noses of the politicians and mega-business, who mostly dont take it seriously at all- except as a small side bet. *** see my article below *** This Family Farming revolution will transform our country into a peaceful, well fed nation with abundant income.  THIS IS CERTAIN.  It cannot be stopped. And it will "save the butts"  of the politicians and mega-business leaders and,of course, protect our wonderful hard working middle classes,  who are the very people who are our infinitely expandable and newly awakening ethical customer base, who are more and more demanding to be fed un-poisoned local produce that protects nature and creates jobs at the same time ! :) .

This peaceful revolution (involving producers and consumers) is actually worldwide and needs VERY LITTLE money- as we have proved and continue to prove - to get started and succeed. 

Viva Family Farming vivaaaa!

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