However, there was one paramount difference - stability in governance. It is amazing to see how government can allow for general stability in our day-to-day lives.
At the end out our trip Darren surprised me with a getaway to a beautiful safari camp nestled beside Kruger National Park. A place I've only dreamed about visiting - never thought I'd get there. In return, in my usual fasion, I surprised him with "one more business meeting...but good news it was close to our camp"....he wasn't thrilled.
My business meeting turned into the beginning of an alliance through a shared vision. If a community could grow their own food, produce clean water, treat their wastes, implement an educational system, develop mutually beneficial business opportunties with neighboring communities - the impact of the unstable government would be lessened. And, perhaps someday be unnecessary altogether.
In business I meet many people who pitch me a variety of ideas. None of these ideas have focused more on true sustainability with less funding and more obstacles than Karen and Rory's endeavour. They have successfully brokered a deal with 12 chiefs who hadn't spoken with each other for over 100 years.
These Chiefs have now agreed to tear down their fences and join communities. As a result of this they have successfully attained a lease for this new open community adjacent to Kruger National Park. Something that has never happened before.
More important than establishing the lease, they have provided real hope for the future - to parents and children alike. Children the same age as my own. Parents who share the same hopes as I do. We just happen to be living half a world apart.
This community is also Karen and Rory's home. These families are their neighbours.
I am committed to working with like minded people like Karen and Rory all over the world. Once we start caring about what happens to our neighbour as much as we care about what happens to ourselves, we just might leave a positive mark on the planet.
We humbly request that instead of providing us traditional gifts you donate (what you can) to this website for the purpose of sending these funds directly into this amazing community.
Jaimey & Darren
- Craig/Lori Geddes/Bates
- Jason Brown
- Anne Rutherford
- Rory Morgan
- Don and Elspeth Gamble
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