Ecovillage: Uplift 20000 squatters in South Africa

 
$10,583
$39,417
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Apr 23, 2012

Making New Pathways

Hi to all of our donors!

We have some new and exciting news.  We have recently identified another couple of projects, which could really use our help in the area. We will be shifting focus slightly from what we have been working on, and spend some time aiding another organization.

We have managed to make contact with Rob Small who runs the Abalimi project. This project is in many ways similar to the Indlovu project.  The Abalimi project is an urban agriculture (UA) and environmental action (EA) association operating in the socio-economically neglected townships of Khayelitsha, Nyanga and surrounding areas on the Cape Flats near Cape Town, South Africa.

We hope to start a great new relationship with Rob’s organization, and look forward to reporting on some great new ventures in the area.

We are also meeting with The South African Education and Environment Project (SAEP) on the 17th of May to discuss forming a relationship with them. The SAEP serves children, youth and education providers in Cape Town's impoverished informal settlements (townships) through academic, enrichment and personal development programmes.

They aim to expand horizons, build confidence, empower and inspire the communities they serve through a range of programmes at the early childhood, high school, post-matric and tertiary levels.

Their offerings have developed in response to community needs to help beneficiaries build academic and life skills, prepare for and succeed in further education and employment, and contribute as leaders to South Africa's economic and social development

Thank you again for your support.

Oct 19, 2011

Advances in Food Security

Vermi Compost
Vermi Compost

Hello to all of our donators!

I’d like to thank you all once again for your ongoing support – it is hugely appreciated. Over the last few weeks, we have been focussing mainly on food security in the area. As you might have gathered by now, food security is one of the main issues facing the area and fighting it has been one of our main goals that we have been working towards since the beginning of the project.

We have identified a few new areas in the region which show promise for food gardening. We have had great response from the youth in the area, which have been more than willing with helping us with some of our ongoing research on the soil (which is more like sand) in the area. Reid and I can’t always be on site so it is invaluable to have people helping us on site while we aren’t there. We supplied them with different soils and compared them to the soil that is found naturally in the area. We also supplied the people helping us with tables to complete and managed to involve them thoroughly in collecting data. They seemed thrilled to be able to get involved in something like this.

The Indlovu soil performed poorly as expected, but we were glad to find that Vermi Compost did well. Vermi Compost is extremely cheap and only a fraction of the cost of commercial soil or compost. Obviously in a poverty stricken area, money is an issue so we are looking to explore and fund a Vermi Compost venture which shows promise for the future.

We do apologize for the delay in our regular project reports and will be sure to keep you more informed in the future.

Thank you - from your project leaders

Indlovu Soil
Indlovu Soil
Data Sheet
Data Sheet
Jun 20, 2011

Growing Within the Community

America donors who visited the project.
America donors who visited the project.

Hi to all our wonderful supporters!

Today we went out in search of a new building site to start the creation of a second community centre in Monwabisi Park, Khayelitsha. We have come across a new site that is only used for a couple of days a year and we are now trying to raise funds to purchase this site and start the creation of another new beautiful community center. We were also fortunate to be joined by one of our generous donors, who came along to see the project. 

Have a look at the pictures-

Thank you again for your support.

Reid Falconer
Project Leader 

Soil analysis projects
Soil analysis projects
Area where community food garden is being set up
Area where community food garden is being set up
Jan 18, 2011

Moving Forward

Enjoying the music
Enjoying the music

Hi to all our wonderful supporters!

Today we had a meeting with Thabo, David and Joseph from Dazerus House a local NGO who are in partnership with the Indlovu Project to discuss what our next mission will be.  We decided that our next goals will be to install an IT room at the youth center and also get promotional T-Shirts designed for all the children. 

The Youth Center has been fully equipped with a pool table, punching bag, sound system and a football table. This allows children in the area to spend their free time in a safe, positive environment.

The food gardens are running beautifully and are creating a much needed food supply.

Thanks again for your generous support.

Project Leader 
Reid Falconer 

Playing pool
Playing pool
Loving life
Loving life
Thabo and David from Dazerus House at the meeting
Thabo and David from Dazerus House at the meeting
A very good meeting
A very good meeting
Oct 18, 2010

Do It Day at Indlovu.

Container Gardening
Container Gardening

Hi to all our wonderful supporters!

Yesterday was "Do It Day" at Indlovu 

The event was a huge successes. Many Volunteers came out to show their support and we got the children from the youth centre involved so that they could a) learn how to plant, b) take care of the gardens and c) harvest the fruits of their labour. Volunteers brought bags of compost, potting soil as well as bags of manure and hand tools to work with.
As you know the soil at Indlovu is just sand so we are initiating container gardening. This will be the best thing to do. The day was amazing and we have now started to implement one of our many ideas for Indlovu.
Items used as containers:

Baskets
Suitcases
Crates
Buckets
Waste bins
Tyres
Pallets (can be stood up and wired together to form a BIG box)
Baby baths
5 litre plastic water bottles
Sacks
Bathtubs
Laundry baskets
Old vibracrete walling is very useful for making large beds

Food planted:

Spinach/swiss chard
cabbage
Brinjals
green peppers
chillies
tomatoes
potatoes (bring all the ones that have sprouted in your veggie rack)
sweet potatoes
granadilla 
rosemary
sage
celery
parsley
marigolds
nasturtiums
Butternut
pumpkin
runner beans
carrots
lettuce

Thank you again for your support.

Reid Falconer
Project Leader 

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Reid Falconer

Cape Town, Western Cape South Africa

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