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.
Aug 4, 2011

Wow!!

Hello everyone! 

I am absolutely blown away by the constant stream of generous donations so many of you are giving. Thank you so very much for being there, for being so kind and for standing firmly with us!

 I dont have any new articles or video links to post at the moment, but if you have not seen them, please do scroll back through the reports and look at the recent videos and articles that I have posted over the last 12 months or so. They are all 100% current, since in the world of human development, and also among the poor, the reality is that change usually happens in leaps,  with long periods of build-up in between. 

Please do come visit and see first hand when in Cape Town! I personally conduct a Tuesday tour 9am-12pm every week except for public holidays and for three weeks over the Christmas period.  Invite below.

We are right now preparing a Friends newsletter (# 38) which will cover 12 months, and this could be ready as early as September! There are a couple of other articles and films which will also be copied to us- we have a lot of people wanting to promote our very successful and sustainable micro-farming model,  and help it spread far and wide!! 

All the very best

Rob

Invite to a tour for Friends of Abalimi : Tours go out every Tuesday , usually from 9am-12pm, except for public holidays,  VERY heavy weather, taxi riots and popular uprisings :-)  , or if overbooked and if no one is available to conduct them.  We normally begin at 9am at the BP garage, corner Wetton Rd and Rosmead Ave, Wynberg and finish by 12pm.  We combine cars as much as possible and go in convoy- there is secure parking for surplus cars.  We visit a community garden in Gugulethu, then the Abalimi -Harvest of Hope office & pack shed in Phillipi and finish up at the “place where all our work begins” - at the Abalimi People’s Garden Centre,  in Nyanga.  It is also possible for people coming from Stellenbosch side to start at 10:30am at the Abalimi pack shed (map available) and finish by 1pm after visiting the Peoples Garden Centre and the community garden .

 

To get an idea of what you will see:

 

1.  view a CNN clip about Abalimi ‘s work, as explained by our farmer leader Christina Kaba – its lovely!!  http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/africa/03/29/community.farming.cape.town/index.html 

 

2.  check out a more detailed video made by American volunteer Matt Miller and his good friend Travis Blue on http://vimeo.com/19360310  - Matt and Travis are professional photographers and IT-media folks, who came specially to make the video and give it to Abalimi as a gift !   Amazing.

 

And read article/s & or newsletter/s on our websites listed below to get an idea of who we are and what you will see.

 

These tours are for Friends of Abalimi,  and are free of charge, although donations are always needed and very welcome.   Please see the donations form in the newsletter which is also on the website and will be handed out after the tour,  to see the options to donate.

 

The tour is “no frills”.  Please bring own snacks and refreshments,  and make sure to bring hats and all-weather gear as well. It can be boiling hot one moment and  rainy and cold with gale force wind the next.
 
Please let me know if you are coming..
 
My emergency contact number is 082 3319133.  
 
Best regards
 
Rob Small
Resource mobilization for ABALIMI
 
www.abalimi.org.za
www.harvestofhope.co.za
www.farmgardentrust.org

 

May 31, 2011

Thank you for donations

Rob in micro-farm at home
Rob in micro-farm at home

Dear Global Giving Friends,

This is just to say a BIG thank you, again,  to all of you who have donated till now, those who donate regularly,  or who have recently donated since I posted the last report.

If you have not already done so please do check out the video's I posted in my last report- they are really current and tell our whole story beautifully.

Please also come visit on a Tuesday morning 9am-12pm when in Cape Town. Thats when I do the Friends no-frills fact finding tour. Let me know if you are coming!!

Please also make sure to join your local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) scheme wherever you live, and create a the future - local and sustainable food economies ! If there is no CSA in your area, create one! I can link you to people and info that could help you do this. 

All the best

Rob Small

micro-farmer: activist for the peaceful local organic green revolution among rich and poor alike

Apr 4, 2011

lovely movies about our work!

 Dear Friends one and all,

here is a link to a CNN clip about Abalimi ‘s work, as explained by our farmer leader Christina Kaba – its lovely!!

 

http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/africa/03/29/community.farming.cape.town/index.html 

 

Also check out  a video recently completed by an American volunteer- Matt Miller , and his good friend Travis Blue on http://vimeo.com/19360310  - Matt and Travis are professional photographers and IT-media folks, who came specially to make the video and give it to Abalimi as a gift. 

 Amazing.

All the best and  Viva to community micro-farming  !

 

Rob

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