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.
Oct 21, 2013

Newsletter # 40 !

Hello again dear Global Giving Friends.

Please read * ABALIMI's best newsletter ever * , attached, produced by young volunteer professionals from Germany & France,  Nantke Garrelts and Camille Van-Tornhout, who came to Abalimi via a placement agency in the EU called GLEN. 

It was designed by a wonderful young South African artist-designer (Meghan Pitt) as her gift to Abalimi and, being such a very talented artist-designer, I believe she has made this newsletter more attractive and readable than ever before.

"Jenny's Letter " (mentioned in the newsletter) plus "Roll of Honor" (list of donors and volunteers)   is not included in this copy because they are still being finalized, but I am late with my 3 monthly report,  so I feel justified in posting the newsletter to you NOW, before absolutely everything is ready. You will be able to see a full copy when I next report to you, as I will attach it then.

Please forgive me if I do not try to communicate with each of you wonderful Global Giving Friends inidividually- there is simply no time. But if you choose to send me any question, or come and visit, I will be delighted and respond quickly!

BUT please do accept, again, our warmest gratitude for your generosity and interest in our work. You can not be dissappointed, since, after reading the newsletter, you will certainly know that we are "on the money" as business people like to say it. For us this means- "the money is flowing 100% for the Good" and thus it is "on".

All the very best to you all, and of course to the very hard working and super-competent Global Giving Team, who I must say I am in awe of !  Global Giving , itself, is worthy of all the financial and voluntary support it needs and requires. In my opinion, Global Giving is THE best international platform for getting support to where it is really needed in the world.  So Viva Global Giving vivaaa!

Rob


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Jul 15, 2013

two links to new articles

Hello dear GlobalGiving Friends- please take a peek at the two links below for a couple of nice recent articles on our work!

All is going well- we are launching a young farmer training program this year, I will let you know more once its up and running.

Our next Abalimi Friends newsletter is under preparation, so expect to see it in my next report !

The two article links below are among many others that I am told have been written- we are getting so many visitors these days that its impossible to keep up with all that is being documented :)

Not a bad position to be in, but it does put a lot of pressure on us to service visitors, instead of our farmers. Of course our farmers come first ! That is why our farmers register has grown in the last 8 months from 3000 to nearly 4000 !

Our kind of work can only become more relevant- it is not a fashion, but a necessity, for true cultural renewal,  through re-connection to soil and therefore soul. Most of our modern soil scientists have long forgotten that soil is not just a pile of chemical reactions- it is a truly living organ of the earth, its very 'brain' which conveys the thought-life forms of nature. Hydroponics cannot do without it either, since they "mine" it for source material and they will not, ever, be able to do without real, good, soil for the source of all complex life material and "ideas" needed for growing crops hydroponically. Nor will Monsanto ever be able to do without "heritage seed" as source material for their plans of world food conquest.

Please, if you have a salary, don't grow your own vegetables- rather buy from locals who earn a living from growing healthy food. In this way your money can completely change - forthe better- the way food systems work- and these systems are the very foundation of our culture !  All the very best. Rob- micro-farmer at the foot of Africa 

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Apr 29, 2013

some lovely reports

Hello everyone, please take a look at the links below:

1. Amber Breitenberg''s blog link (see below) - Amber is a wonderful volunteer form USA who has just returned home, has posted some excellent reports on her blog- she covered some key events in Abalimi's life while she was with us, including visists to Home Gardens, a Training Course for farmers and a visit from Minister of the Presidency Trevor Manual

2. a really nice article just posted on Eat Out mag by Sarah Emily Duff- ( see below) 

THANK YOU one and all for your amazing and generous gifts. I have recently heard  that the true nature of money is "love in action" . I agree wholeheartedly with this notion,  as the true (oft forgotten) essence of money. And your gifts are certainly love in action,  in the very best sense of the word.

Bless you all until the next report :)

P.S. I see that our project has been given superstar status by GlobalGiving !!

I know from personal experience that GlobalGiving staff work incredibly hard and often go way beyond the call of duty to make things happen.  GlobalGiving itself deserves Superstar status. Thank you dear People of GlobalGiving, thank you .

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