Dear GlobalGiving Friends - six of you have donated a total of USD 466.84 in May and June, which was deposited into the ABALIMI account in late July 08. Some of you donated more than once!! Your Dollars translate to many more Rands- over R3000 in this case!
This is just to say thank you - your help and support and interest is more than the money you give, but the money represents this, and carries with it enormous powers of encouragement and blessing! Right now more poor people are being trained to grow fresh food sustainably because of you.
I am working on our next Friends newsletter, which will be full of pictures and stories. I will post this for you on Global Giving as soon as it is available- probably in early October.
All the very best- Rob Small
Hello again!! Sorry I have taken so long to post another report.
Its been hectic in ABALIMI lately. Since February 08 we launched our new Harvest of Hope flagship initiative and it is pumping! The community farmers AND the clients are all galvanised by it and we are growing the scheme shortly to supply over 200 organic boxes every week because demand to join (from both sides) is so strong. I attach an updated brochure on Harvest of Hope for your interest.
Of course, everything is about training- for example- each time we contract a new farmer, we are training him/her at the same time about contracting.
So your money is being well spent.
I am also attaching a nice article written on ABALIMI recently by the Organic Gardeners magazine in Australia and New Zealand. Do take a peek, its nicely done and speaks about the social benefits of what we do in ABALIMI, which to my mind are the MOST improtant.
I also want to point out that SEED has gone independent of ABALIMI (which is great- they are getting strong) and now have their own offering in GlobalGiving. I nominated them ! I have yet to update ABALIMI's offering to this effect because it means a complete re-write of the ABALIMI offering which I find daunting. But if you want to support SEED specifically, please do go direct to them, they will love you for it!! Of course, ABALIMI passes their portion of any donations from you on to them in the meantime.
Lastly I want to say a HUGE thank you to the GlobalGiving staff (Siama and Dana in particular) for all their hard work to make such a special interface possible and workable. Its always improving and I know they literally work their hearts out to make it so. They are dedicated and wonderful and helpful people.
So, until next time, I suggest that anyone out there who is not growing some healthy organic vegetables in pots on their windowsill or in soil direct, why dont you get going? You will experience a miracle which will make you strong, alive and best of all really "connected".
Green and growing greetings!
P.S. I have also attached an "Abalimi Overview" which gives another take on our work. May be useful.
Dear friends, I attach a thank you letter to those who donated over 600 USD via Global Giving in December 07. Along with the letter I attach a brochure on Harvest of Hope, our new "farmers market" scheme, which is the result of all that good training we can give to the farmers because of your help!
Many thanks, once again. Rob Small- for Abalimi Bezekhaya (Planters of the Home)
Hello everyone and also to all of you who have contributed to Abalimi because of Grace Wong! Just to let you know that she and Flavia (her friend from her church community) came and visited Abalimi. She says she will report back to you as soon as she gets back to the States. It was really good to meet Grace and show her around a bit. She should have quite a few photos to share with you! She visited a few of the community gardens and also attended our 25 Year Birthday celebration, where over 200 community gardeners and micro-farmers came to enjoy an end-of-year meal with the staff of Abalimi!
Secondly, I am posting a brochure for you to read about an exiting new initiative, which Abalimi is launching called Harvest of Hope. Harvest of Hope is very much a capacity building initiative, as well as a social business, so it fits in perfectly with our current project. Its a pdf file and I hope it shows up on the GlobalGiving website ok. If not, please let me know.
Thirdly, I am posting a couple of articles I wrote, which appeared in a couple of national and international publications. Hope you can access them and hope you find them interesting!
This may be the last you hear from me in 2007, although it is possible that I may get a chance to post another update before Christmas. If not, I wish you all the very best for Christmas and for 2008.
I have just recieved notice from Dana Ledyard of Global Giving that USD 299.54 is being transferred to our project. This amount has come from 9 donors and will be enough to train at least two people in organic micro-farming and working with kids in the outdoor classroom, who in turn will affect the lives of many hundreds.
If any of you would like to check out our latest Friends Newsletter (# 34), please go to firstname.lastname@example.org and read for yourself the results we are getting. If you would like a hardcopy, please send me your request and postal details to email@example.com ! I will post you a hardcopy and thereafter you will get a Friends Newsletter in the mail twice a year.
It is a very special and wonderful thing that you, who live virtually on the other side of the planet, care enough to put their own money into our work. This is deeply inspiring to me!
Thank you one and all!!
P.S. One of you, Grace Wong (hi Grace!), is coming to visit us in November. I and the rest of the team are looking forward to meeting her. Perhaps she will also post a report on her experience afterwards!
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