I don’t often ask for help, but I need to now. I would love it if you could help support the African Alliance of Rhode Island.
1. Provide African refugees, a majority of whom have extensive farming experience, who arrive in the U.S. with a communal space to meet, share stories, build friendships and stave off mental stress and resulting illness that is to be expected when you are scrambling to create a new life in a foreign world and your current skill set is by and large, obsolete.
2. Provide these same refugees with a direct means by which to feed their families, as they keep 100% of the crops yielded.
The community gardening program is at an exciting stage right now as they have achieved surplus levels and have been able to sell their produce at a local farmer’s market. The woman are now able to bring in a small income in addition to ensuring quality produce for their families. This is big. The ability to earn an income and feed your family should not be “optional” in the United States.
These people are working hard and were doing very well maintaining a community garden, until their shed was broken into and all their tools and supplies were stolen. This has absolutely devastated them, but they are working hard to rebuild.
They have no idea that folks in the Ancestral Health community are trying to get them new tools. They are not asking for your help. I am.
Check out this video of how beautiful their garden is, and why they’re working so hard at it:
So far, efforts to raise funds have only made a small dent in helping AAofRI reclaim some of what was lost. So much was stolen that we need more people to pitch in in order to make this a success. AAofRI needs shovels, gloves, rakes, even new tents to use at the farmer’s market. Whatever you can contribute will help. You can purchase tools here (via Home Depot):
When you make a purchase, please go back to the registry page and indicate what item you purchased and how many so that it’s noted on the list.
This is a very time sensitive post. If you can help, please do so by August 22, 2013. Any tools you purchase will be sent directly to AAofRI. Everything helps. Imagine their surprise when people from all over the world pitch in to show them that what they are doing is important, and that someone believes in them.
The following is from Carlos Toro, who had a booth set up at AHS13 to help AAofRI:
Our marketing agency, Steer, was tasked with creating a brand film for the African Alliance of RI. Our team met Julius Kowalowe, the founder, and soon realized we needed to provide support in the form of marketing services on a pro-bono basis.
African Alliance suffered a set back when their shed was broken into and cleared of all tools and supplies. An added pressure that urban community farms deal with aside from typical farming difficulties. This is where we can help.
I’ve created a “Tool Registry”, where you can simply purchase a tool or set of tools for the African Alliance via the Home Depot site. If we get all items purchase by Thursday, it should all arrive to AAofRI by end of next week. I’ll visit them and make sure to get pics of all the items and update you so you provide a follow up post.
All tools will be shipped directly to Julius’ address in Providence, RI. and should arrive within a week. Although the African Alliance of RI is unaware of this initiative (everyone loves surprises), I’ve vaguely alerted Julius, that he should keep an eye out for some things that may arrive and set everything aside.
I’ll be visiting Julius’ community garden in a week and look forward to taking photos of all the packages that have arrived and report to all that have donated. If you feel compelled to help with this donation project, please attempt to complete your donation by Thursday morning, so that all the packages arrive within a few days of each other.