In a rural village in the Bushbuckridge region in Mpumalanga, South Africa, a group of about 40 women have been trying to grow food on a 10 acre piece of land the local chief gave them. Their access to water is using wheelbarrows and large water jugs at a local community water tap quite a distance away from their homes and the land the project is on.
These women want to grow food on a large enough scale for their families and extended families to eat, and also to sell to bring in an income. Mehina, a woman from the project, has children and grandchildren who are all willing and wanting to get their hands in the dirt and grow food. They want to be part of the community that is growing food so they can not only feed their families, but bring in an income to live on. All they need is water for the plants to grow and their desire to become a reality.
The well was drilled, the pump, piping, water tank and stand installed, irrigation equipment installed, and all set to begin when ongoing issues with the national electrical company, Eskom, became insurmountable.
The women wait…and wait…and wait…
But, there is a way that this can change! Bypassing electricity, a generator will give these women the water they have been patiently waiting for. The generator will be stored in a locked shed on the property when not in use.
My estimation for completion of this project alone is now $3,800. I also plan to assist a woman with a rural hospice project assemble a viable advisory committee to help guide the project.
Your contribution to the Cunningmore Women’s Agriculture Project would bring so much joy and relief to these 40 women, their extended families, children and local community. The impact would reach hundreds of people.
I will feel a sense of relief and gratitude in seeing this project finished. I will feel much joy to see these women have water to grow food.
Your contribution will go to:
· Purchase of a quality generator
· Cabling and installation and hook up
· Conditioning of well pump
· Housing for protection/safety of entrance to well.
· Celebration of completion & handover ceremony
I intend to be in South Africa in person starting in mid March to oversee and finish the project and have a celebration with them. I also will be setting up a team of people to look after the equipment and keep it in running order.
Your donation to these women so they have access to water and can grow food will make a huge difference in so many lives. Besides giving them water, it gives them a sense of purpose and more self-confidence.
If you want a tax deduction, please donate through Doroteia Pathways Foundation 501c3.
Go to: www.doroteia.org and click on 'donate' for an online donation.
Click on 'add special instructions to recipient' and type in Cunningmore Women's Project so your contribution is routed to the project.
Please share this information with anyone you think might be interested.
Thank you and much love and gratitude to you.
link to KZFR Chico Community Radio interview 1/1/16
starts at 1:08
Project participant carrying water barrel
Feb. 2013 - Meeting to keep the vision of water alive! My return to South Africa in 2013 for two months.
Youngsters discussing the importance of growing their own food!
Project participants dancing after drilling for water.
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