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
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
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