Dear Friends of Abalimi via Global Giving,
this is just to say a HUGE and earnest thank you to all who have donated over the past months .
There is nothing more fertile than a gift well given, except perhaps the gift we get from good healthy farmyard manure !!! :)
And your gifts are truly living rain to our work among the poor in Cape Town.
The micro-farmers are very busy planting the new season's crops and the gardens are looking beautiful and abundant- beacons of hope and joy in a sea of poverty and desperation for formal jobs which do not come. Unemployment in Cape Town is growing - the gap between rich and poor is so wide we get culture shock daily !! Unemployment stands officially at around 30% with more formal jobs being lost daily, even while the very healthy GDP of the formal SA economy earns good profits for the few.
Since we won our Impumelelo Gold Award (see previous report) , we have had at least 10 other agencies countrywide ask if they can come to study our model, with more making queries all the time.
So please do continue to assist us to keep our model thriving and growing so that it can be copied everywhere.
We believe that we are the first in South Africa and possibly in the whole of Africa to prove empirically that fresh food hunger and cash starvation in urban centers is entirely avoidable, even in the worst situations. Hundreds and thousands of uneducated, unemployable people - with your help - are right now setting up and running their micro-farms on very very tiny plots, on wasteland, at home and in community gardens, sustain-ably and cheaply. And these tiny micro-farms , built on any bit of wasteland, are also creating hundreds of genuine permanent self-help jobs among the unemployable for the first time in South Africa !!
Remember that there is no farmer in the world- especially big farmers - who can survive without a minimum of permanent subsidized support. And this goes also for family micro-farmers among the poor, who need so little -only ZAR 100 per month or USD 13 per month - to provide the essential services which they cannot afford.
So thank you one and all, all and one, for your kind and excellent support.
I look forward to posting more reports in future and wish you all the very best !!
P.S. dont forget to come visit on a Tuesday morning 9am-12pm, every Tuesday, if you are in Cape Town. Tuesday is market day and visitors day combined!!
ABALIMI won GOLD at the national Impumelelo Innovations for Sustainability Awards 2010 – see www.impumelelo.org.za , certificate attached and follow the link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMaBAwjvHtc to the lovely little video clip done by Impumelelo which was shown on award night.
Mama Kaba and Bridget make a great representing pair, and it was they who went on stage to receive the award for all of us.
Viva ABALIMI- Harvest of Hope from seed to table viva!!
And VIVA to our Friends and Donors now and over the many many years past , also over the many years to come, who have helped and will hopefully still help to launch and spread the micro-farming movement !!!!!
Resource mobilization for ABALIMI
Hello again all
To add to my previous report which I just posted a few minutes ago, I append the latest ABALIMI Friends newsletter # 36 in case you would like to download it direct from Global Giving, instead of visiting the Abalimi website.
I also add the link to the Farm and Garden National Trust, which I launched recently to source more local individual donations for the micro-farming movement , using (and supporting) Abalimi as the national role model, now that big corporate funding locally and worldwide is becoming less available for genuine development.
May the new ecological Family Farming movement thrive and grow in your own backyard!
All the best
Hello everyone !
Five of you donated very recently over R1700 USD which amounted to R12 784 !! That makes it possible to provide a full range of support ( infrastructure and bulk inputs supply, trees and indigenous plants, training and follow-up, monitoring and evaluation, marketing and management support) to one farmer for 127 months, or 127 farmers for one month !! Thank you thank you thank you!! PLEASE COME VISIT and see what you are doing to change the way grassroots South Africa works! - a Green Carpet Tour is ALWAYS waiting for you on any Tuesday , every Tuesday, which is our market day, between 9an-12pm.
Please remember that, unless you specifically suggest it, I will not to directly communicate with you. But I will always welcome your questions and comments !! So please fire away.
Abalimi is a finalist in the national Impumelelo Innovations for Sustainability Awards, www.impumelelo.org.za . Please hold thumbs for us, since this award is one of the most genuine in the world. We will know on the 16th May. But even making it to the finals is a huge honor, so we will not be disappointed if we dont "win" one of the actual awards.
For more insights about our work, please check out the attached latest article - its lovely. And also read our latest newsletter (# 36) on our website www.abalimi.org.za - see links below. All the very best- Rob
Dear Friends of ABALIMI via Global Giving
Thank you to 3 USA friends for USD 287 / ZAR 2200 (!!) in October 2009 and 3 UK friends between Sept 09-Dec 09 for GBP 113 / ZAR 1400 (!!). Altogether ZAR 3600, enough to provide our full suite of essential services (cheap inputs, training and follow-up, monitoring and evaluation, marketing value chain) to at least 3 micro-farmers for a full year!
Remember that *all* farmers need support, or none of us would eat. The so-called "commercial industrial farmers" of the world are more often than not heavily subsidized by our governments , or given very special structural support deals in the countries in which they operate, which amounts to the same thing. These same commercial farmers cost us the earth because they use up much more energy and resources than they produce.
Our organic micro-farmers need very very little support - not more than USD15 per month. With this they feed whole communities while building up and conserving the natural environment, sinking tons of carbon and making thousands of people healthy through eating really high quality fresh food. And all this is done among the undereducated and unemployable poor.
Just read the articles in my most recent previous postings.
And if you come to Cape Town, come on one of my Tuesday "from seed to table" tours, from 9am-12pm every Tuesday. Let me know in advance though.
I will be back , but in the meantime please do ask questions, please do read the articles I have posted, please do say "hello" if you are in Cape Town.
And to the Global Giving team in USA and UK- thank you hugely for the enormous task you fulfill and the excellent work you do for us all.
Because of you all I can say Viva micro-farmers and family farmers among the poor in Cape Town!!
All the best for 2010!!
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