[Archive] Malawi journal up to December 31 2018

Note: In April 2018 I hope to post a detailed funds received / funds send and actual balance.


One of the events is running the Mont Ventoux each two years, barefoot or in estafette form, etc.

Go directly to:
> Link to Facebook fund raise event page: www.facebook.com/Malawithon
> Donations: IBAN: NL09RABO0149987986, name Iwanjka Geerdink, description ‘School of New Direction, Malawi’.
> Project Journal [Link follows, or just scroll down]
> Contact: iwanjka@gmail.com or Abit Alice (Facebook)

Subprojects for which the funding process has been activated

1 Orchard start – permaculture
[Bookmark link]
About 300 euro’s has been requested via Alice Abit to plant:

“Seedlings for Guavas
Seedlings for Mangoes
Seedlings for Oranges/Tangerines
Seedlings for Paw paws”

See also the budget plan and workplan she made.

Subprojects waiting / under review

[Update per November 6 2018] The feeling at this moment is that 1000 euro’s is too much to fund easily (funders experience it as a huge amount for realising a toilet, even with the budget plan presented as underlying basis). During the 2019 visit of Iwanjka it will be further discussed if there are alternatives to arrange a proper toilet facilities. To be continued…

1 Toilet facilities

Example images of toilet facilities in Malawi, ‘pit latrine style’ (no water needed, below is a deep hole, with walls also made of bricks).

Why needed?
At this moment people of the community nearby are already working on creating bricks (for later construction, after February 2019 – Iwanjka will visit the project in February, and join construction work hopefully). The potential student girls are already involved in watering the freshly planted banana trees (permaculture / based food facilities aspect). Without having a toilet a non hygienic situation will start to emerge around and on the lands. We don’t want that. After some study and elaboration we (Iwanjka/Abit) decided to build the toilet in a local usual manner. And not yet create a more ecological and cheaper compost toilet. The reason is that people are not used to a compost toilet, and officials don’t know it either. And we want to comply to Malawian guidelines for this school project, and don’t create risks on this aspect. In a later stage we intend to make a compost toilet, and make it a part of an the ‘alternative experience center’ part. In such maybe for new likewise projects the compost toilet can be used. Reason: Making the toilet the ‘classical way’ costs about 1000 euro’s. That is even for Dutch measures a substantial amount of money. If we want to scale up to hundreds or event thousands of projects, only the toilets will cost about 1 million euro’s. This feels not feasible.

A whole of about six meters deep has to be made. This should be done before the rain season starts (end of October / mid November). We decided to split the project in two phases: Toilet part A: Things to be done before rain season starts (digging / make concrete wall inside, etc.). And Toilet part B: Making the walls and roof above the ground (privacy). For both parts about 500 euro’s is required. You can read more in this subproject (budget) plan sent by Abit Alice.

Earlier discussion with Abit on the compost toilet direction:
Iwanjka: In Holland I prefer to make ‘compost’ toilets. I have experienced very nice ones (were nog ‘smelly’). Better or nature, and probably cheaper. And gives material for growing plants if used properly. Making a toilet ‘classically’ costs for about 500 euro’s. See this calculation by Abit Alice. An example movie of a compost toilet at Uganda.  Status per October 17 2018: In consideration what to do next, suggestions welcome! (at this moment there is also not yet funding, a wish is to select solutions which are the most cost-low and ecological, in such making the project a template which can scale up easily towards 10.000 to help all orphans of Malawi, not ‘only’ 80…). At Malawi I experienced a compost toilet at Butterfly project (lake Malawi). These people can be contacted for experience sharing.

Funded and realized sub projects:

  • Sub project 3: Creation of bricks for school buildings. Funded with August 2018 777 euro’s transfer Iwanjka -> Abit.
  • Sub project 2: Planting of banana trees, restoring water pump.  Funded with August 2018 777 euro’s transfer Iwanjka -> Abit.
  • Sub project 1: Allocation of 5 hectares of land.  Funded with August 2018 777 euro’s transfer Iwanjka -> Abit.

Funds received so far

Period until October 23 2018:

Name Amount Comments
Joke 5 Already paid at the campsite to Iwanjka, a spontaneous donation.
Marije Kapinga 100 50 per runner, with a maximum of 100 euro’s. Not depending on the distance ran.
Neo Lopes 100 http://klettern-auf-mallorca.com
Jeanne 10 Jeanne, ten years old.
Monique 10 https://www.gastoudermonique.nl
Barry Sun 200 Via Facebook fundraiser
Rick van Poorten 20 Via Facebook message to Iwanjka
Cranio Sacraal Harderwijk (Agnes) 50 https://www.cranio-harderwijk.nl
Marco Proflexy Electrotechniek 50
Martine Linthorst / Iwanjka Geerdink  250 Martin is the mother of Iwanjka, once worked in Malawi, at Mlambe hospital Blantyre.


2018 October 23 – Work hours by local community estimation

Making the bricks for later building: Hours so far 231, Estimated additional hours until March 1 2019: 1155

Perma culture children – Watering the bananas (by the student girls): 231 hours

2018 September 28 – Visual Report

Allocation (subproject 1) of the 5 hectares of lands (required ‘land surveying’ = measuring / making drawings and administration fees).

Alice Abit 10 October 2018: “Hello iwanjka. Thats the papers of the ownership of the land. you can show her and you will fine them here when you come in February we will show you. More papers are coming from the department of lands though it takes time for them to finish up the process but they have give us all authority of the chiwaya’s land and they have approved also what is remaining is the lands to give us the final copy with the signature from the minister. We are still waiting for that. But no problem because we are done with all the process. Thanks you. If any question feel free to ask”

Local community plant banana trees (subproject 2), financed with the fundraised budget (about 150 euro’s). This is part of the (semi) permaculture self provision plan. In the place becomes more independent of a yearly (foreign) money donation :

The local community works to make bricks to build eg. school buildings later on. The project ‘deal’ was that food and transportation is funded by the fundraising campaign, and that people work for free.

What follows are various pictures taken by Alice Abit:

Various pictures taken by Alice Abit.


September 11 Project Update:

  1. Alice Chiwaya sent this project proposal (Google doc) and budget plan to Iwanjka regarding the lands and creating bricks.
  2. Alice Chiwaya sent this report on the permaculture – base food facilities progress.  (children joined in this!)
  3. Iwanjka has sent 777 euro as part of the most recent fund raising to SAPOF.

August 2018 – Making a start with base food facility – bananas

Abit: “These are type of bananas. They mature fast. Sweet and they can grow on the land without much water.” About 150 euro’s of the fund raised project is used for this.

Activity and funds decomposition plan sent by Abit Alice, August 2018:



21 AUGUST 2018



Introducing of permaculture project

On 21 august 2018 SAPOF will have the meeting with the group village head and the children with the aim of introducing the permaculture children project, this project as for the first phase we are planting 10 banana trees in the area of school on agriculture part.

This project is very important to Malawi and as for the school of new direction that will have fruits for the children, and this will help also the children to take fully part on agriculture activities since they are future leaders so they need to learn more agriculture activities since Malawi as one of the developing countries they depend on agriculture.


Lunch and transpot of 10 Group Village headman which is 2 thousand per head . tatal to 20 thousand Malawi kwacha.

4,Transpot for staff and lunch allowance to and from Blantyre ,which is 2 staff 15 thousand Malawi kwacha

5,purchasing of bananas surking which is 8 thousand per each whichis 80 thousand Malawi kwacha,transpot from mulanje to ntcheu for 2 staff 30 thousand

March 23 2018 – Giving it a name…

[Link towards this section for referencing]

‘ChiWay Novaglobe Homes Hope School Village’, and ‘School of New Direction

We propose for the land:

  • ChiWay (as a credit to Alice Chiwaya, for her work and initiative. ‘Chi’ also means ‘life force’ or ‘energy flow’ in Chinese, so ‘a way of vital energy’).
  • Novaglobe (as a remembrance that we intend to make a step towards a more global equal and peaceful society, including being good to our eco system, also a reference to the book Iwanjka wrote – an intention is to update the book each ten years, also with things we learn together at the school village).
  • Homes Hope (as a remembrance on giving hope for orphans on getting a new home, new hope, and also living in a family – social way together, less isolated (the West can learn from this, there is much isolation there), that is hope for the homes…). In terms of songs, these two songs by Western singers are about typical Western isolation: Madonna Siccone – Love Profusion / Anouk – Urban Solitude
  • (School) Village that the lands can serve as a both a sort of village, and school at once. An idea now is to bring in a sort of ‘month’ cycle: At the beginning of each month we take some days to inventarize present talents of guests of abroad, a connection with a more long term base education plan for the children, and inspiration and present knowledge of the children. We bring this together to a month-school plan, and at the end of the month we reflect and celebrate. Note: All are invited to work in growing and eating the food of the lands as a basis, with permaculture ideas involved in it. And the school off course intend to tune up with Malawian guidelines on education.

Alice Abit (see previous email conversation logged below, otherwise you won’t understand much of it;-) ):






Save the poor foundation (SAPOF) in partnership with you intend to establish a girl’s secondary school learning institution. SAPOF identified the place for the construction in Ntcheu district. The place was freely given by traditional leaders as one way of showing commitment to the projects. Initially, we were told that the land is about 9 hectares but our calculation based on google earth map shows that the land is about 5.3 hectares. We hope that the actual land size will be known after carrying out perimeter survey by surveyors.


 The site is located along main “M1” road at a distance of approximately 800m from the road. The place is situated at 115km from Blantyre city. It is a remote areas and the closest community day secondary school is at a distance of 12km.


We have done a sketch on the land use as follows

  • Administration and car port is 0.6 hectares
  • Classrooms and library has been allocated land of about 1.15 hectares
  • Playground has been reserved with 0.6 hectares
  • Hostel blocks area is approximately 0.85 hectares
  • Kitchen and activity hall is 0.7 hectares
  • Staff houses area is approximately 0.82 hectares
  • Agricultural activities has been reserved with land approximately 0.6 hectares.

See attached sketches for your suggestions. We hope that the architectural lay out design will give us a true picture of the land use allocation.


Quote out of that -for practical reasons not visible- group, now consisting of Alice, Iwanjka and Mathews:


It seems that the chance grows we can make a dream real to obtain the possibility to become guardians (stewarts) of a piece of land.

I feel it is very important to steer on ‘the most good’ usage of the lands. To avoid pitfalls of many other projects, where people for instance start to claim possession, or don’t want to leave, even if they do not serve the SAPOF cause anymore.

I like the concept of ‘councils’. At this moment I only know Alice and Mattews good enough. More people will come, but trust takes time and experience to grow.

Therefore, for now this council of three persons. Please do not add other people without tuning up first.

We can have conversations here to discuss on topics (that is why I gave it ‘secret’ type).

Some dreams to weave, I guess:
* Helping the children without biological parents
* Create some kind of ecolodge / guesthouse / tents camp place
* Create a mamas / papas feel for the children
* Have contributing visitors of all over the world
* Make it a basic school / education
* But also learn about what did NOT work in Western economics
* Make the place semi self sustainable, permaculture food ideas etc
* Help children / young adults to find sense full professions (work)
* Make smart usage of ICT, also for doing global work (services)


Abit Wa Ambuye
Abit Wa Ambuye thanks iwanjka this is great idea, I like it 

Alice, thank you for this information.

For me some important questions at forehand:

  1. What does ‘leasing’ mean in this case? I don’t support concepts in which a yearly rent is paid, the reason is that I believe that paying rent on possession is a bad thing, even in essence against the essences of all global religions (‘possessed by possession’). And I believe that paying rent will ‘drain te energy’ of the project, and can make it impossible for the community and children to become semi-self sufficient.
  2. What does ‘surveyor’ mean? (I could not find it in google translator).
  3. I get the feeling that I am the only or primary funder at this moment. In general I believe it is not good that one person or organisation is ‘the only funder’. And k4,7M is more than I have (around 4700 euro’s). But, at the other hand, it an amount like that I/we nearly gained by the Mont Ventoux marathon in 2014, I/we could try to organize something like that again.
  4. But, that requires more trust from the people around me. I think some videos can help a lot. But maybe I need to come to Malawi to make videos of the project myself.
  5. Unpossessed lands project: I recently started a new funding project. Which we could connect with this specific SAPOF project. Please read the text in this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSegR9uYsAmVVsE4mQaiSG9RjLLfV3PWOf5oyBm8TmPKJDXh8Q/viewform I believe in the combination of the West and Africa, and combine the good sides of both, and let people be together in harmony and reciprocal inspiration. I feel in such we can maybe make synergy: 1. Arrange the lands, 2. Arrange more funders, 3. Arrange exchange of skills / resources. (And being in the warmth in Africa could be very healing for a lot of people in cold Dutch winter).

Please take some time to answer these questions, and let’s do a whatsapp chat or talk than.

Possible moments: Tuesday 13h, or Thursday 15h.

Thank you for your works,



2018-02-04 5:46 GMT+01:00 Alice Chiwaya <chiwayaalice@gmail.com>:

Hello Iwanjka, how is holland, hope everything is doing well, want to give you the feedback for the money you sent to us and how wehave used it, as  we told you that there is need of lease of the land so that we can have all the papers from the lands department of malawi, we have managed to start the process with the money you sent to us and we are really appreciate as sapof, so they have give me the budget for the whole process for us to have the papers and even it will help you to see it clearly on google map.

Here is the budget for the whole process

Surveying (land surveyor)

1parimeter survey =k500,000

2 arctectural drawings ( architect)= k2,500,000, this means layout and detailed drawings for the whole project.

3 Quantity surveyor

Bill of quantities = k1,700,000

This is total to k4.700,000 for the whole process to be done but we can do it in phases , its very important for us to finish up this whole process because it will help us to have all the papers.

Thanks , looking forwad

Kindly regards

Alice chiwaya


After a skype call when residing at Nomadsland Teguise, around Solstice 2017/2018, I decided to send 150 euro, as a donation. This money was still in the 2016 Mont Ventoux marathon fund.

And I decided to create a free Ziny account for the project. See:

Ziny account for SAPOF Malawi

The idea is that as from now, as soon as that a Ziny council decides on it, the project can define Ziny mine-able work. Iwanjka will propose in the Ziny Council at Amersfoort, Netherlands to allocate as a first step 10 mine-able Ziny’s to the project. Alice can than further decide with the project staff which work can be done to mine them. For instance planting more – year food trees / organics, education, promotion, etc. And, as from than maybe a computer supply shipment can be bought from Amersfoort (eg. Duo Computers), or promotion work can be organized (via eg. DoGoodPromotions). And, when we are a a bit further, the first Malawian Ziny council can be established, and thus helping the Ziny network to spread globally. Important to note: The Ziny aims to redistribute welfare: on hour work done by somebody in Malawi in essence has the same value as one hour work of somone living in the Netherlands.


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P.O BOX 502


Email: sapof2014@gmail.com

Cell +265 888 346 588/ 996 460 141


Save the Poor Foundation is a local Malawian Non-Governmental Organization that was founded on 10 March, 2014 by a group of enthused youth activists, who came together to improve and upgrade Malawi community  by focusing SAPOF’s efforts to support and complement government efforts of responding to reduce impacts of Poverty in the country.


The overall vision is to reduce poverty and promote sustainable development in the country.


SAPOF’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for poor people in the country.


SAPOF is legally registered with and by the recognised nation statutes. SAPOF is registered organization by the trustees’ incorporation act of government (CAP.5:03)

It was registered on 21 June 2016, R.G. 20754/IM/5.2005 and is also a member of CONGOMA.


  1. Transparency
  2. Accountability
  3. Participatory decision making
  4. Non discrimination
  5. Neutrality
  6. Commitment


  • To enhance community security  
  • To promote peace building process in target areas  
  • To provide support and capacity building to the PLHIV.  
  • To provide capacity building to the staff  
  • To empower women livelihood programs
  • To empower women/young girls with education in order to reduce illiteracy rate in the community
  • To counsel and support victim of human rights violation.
  • To assist women in setting up income generating activities and resettlement of IDPs
  • To promote hygiene, water and sanitation.
  • To provide support for empowerment of community towards achieving sustainable management of their environment and natural resources.
  • To provide basic education, vocational education and trainings for the disadvantaged adolescents (orphanages) and youth in order to make them literate and empowered.

SAPOF coverage areas

The organization operates in southern and eastern regions, and also operates in Blantyre south east in Malawi.



SAPOF use national media groups as tools for advocacy and public campaign to address issues that affect the most vulnerable groups. Another form of advocacy strategy used by SAPOF includes travels to be the voice of the voiceless and bring their plight to light. It is through this sort of advocacy that we have been able to receive important figures from community to our offices.   

Prevention and response  

SAPOF believes that, in order to prevent violence, communities must be strengthened. It is through preventive steps such as awareness, outreach activities and information sharing that SAPOF is able to provide survivors of gender based violence with adequate service and support. SAPOF also provides response mechanisms to survivors such psychosocial support, medical referral, legal aid assistance and livelihood support as well as relocation and shelter.     

HIV/AIDS prevention & stigma reduction   

Aimed at educating youth and women on the modes of transmission, prevention and cure for the HIV/AIDS related illnesses through initiative approach in order to reduce the spread of the disease. SAPOF also provides, counselling and nutritional support for the HIV/AIDs clients in order to reintegrate them with the society.   


This programme provides a child with an opportunity to attend primary or secondary school. By donating an annual subscription, the sponsorship will ensure that the child receives education in all subjects until they finish school in Year 12. The sponsorship is linked to a specific child so that his or her future education can be closely monitored and supported by the sponsor through supervised regular contact. A lot of families in Malawi are extremely poor as most of the parents are illiterate which results in very poor numeracy skills and poor education for their children.

Through this programme SAPOF has donated school uniforms and notebooks to 196 children from different schools in Blantyre – Malawi.

SENIOR CITIZEN SUPPORT PROGRAM (Help the old and forgotten generation)

SAPOF is currently implementing nutrition and HIV/AIDS projects in Blantyre urban and rural areas. The targeted population is the elderly who look after their grandchildren whose parents are dead. In the course of implementation, it has been discovered that most of the elderly people who are looking after the orphans face so many challenges that have made them live undignified type of life. They face so many challenges, the most critical include; housing, hunger, deepening poverty, access to health care and discrimination. In other words, these senior citizens of the nation are a completely old and forgotten generation that has lost almost all human rights. Despite their exposure to abject poverty and social injustice, it has been observed that the elderly people are playing very important roles of heading skip-generation households where middle generation have died or become very sick from HIV/AIDS. They are also playing leadership roles in their respective communities as well as transferring skills to the younger generation.

It is against this background that Save the Poor Foundation (SAPOF) started building low cost houses for the elderly in Blantyre rural through the project called Senior Citizens Support Program (SCSP)-Help the old and forgotten generation’’. The project has started with one house with support from the local communities of a house Gogo Kaka of Buleya Village, T/A Kapeni, Blantyre. This house was damaged by the excessive rains that left many people homeless around Soche hill in 2014.


SAPOF is in partnership with Malawi network for older persons (MANEP), Umunthu Foundation, Young Achievers for Development (YAD) and Gift of the Givers Malawi.

Project Administration Update / Money Trace [Per March 8 2018]

[Use this link, if you want to add a pointer to it from your blog, post on Facebook, Twitter, etc.]

IN OUT Available after payment
Year Amount Aggregated Comments Amount Aggregated Comments Amount Comments
2016 1447,45 1447,45 See this sheet 750 750 250 KONDANANI Children VIllage Malawi, 250 Floja Children Project Malawi, 250 Permaculture for the children project Kenia 697,45
2017 35 1482,45 See this sheet 160 910 SAPOF 572,45
2018 0 1482,45     200 1110 PLANNED: LAND ALLOCATION 372,45  
2018  0 1482,45     150 1260 PLANNED: PROJECT LAPTOP + TRANSPORT 222,45  In combination with Ziny’s mined by the project
2018 1000 2482,45 PLANNED: Intended by Martine Linthorst (mother Iwanjka), donation Mont Ventoux Marathon 2016   250 1510 PLANNED: SOS Children Villages global (the organisation policy is not to accept location specific donations) 972,45 Reservation. Partly usable for SAPOF land project, and allocation to projects which sent feedback a-tuned with fundraising intention.


Impressions at the Mont Ventoux, 42 kilometer road and 1622 meters up and down, barefoot :




Floja Children Project Malawi | Kondanani Children Village Malawi | SOS Children Village Blantyre – Malawi | Raising Malawi Foundation | Permaculture children project Kenia

The result: 2482 euro’s.

[Fundraising is closed for this event]

By Iwanjka…

I was born in Malawi in 1973 [Blantyre hospital, Daughters of Wisdom missionary]. My parents did ‘development work’ at that moment. So, this country actually gave me ‘birth’ (at Blantyre hospital). That is why I feel an inspiration to try to do something back for this country.

In Malawi there are around 1 million orphans on a population of about 12 million people. Nearly 10% of the people. Imagine 10% of the people in your country being orphan?

October 2016 I intend to run barefoot the well known French mountain ‘Mont Ventoux’. Up and down (1600 meters). And in distance about 42 kilometers, from Bedoin. Which makes it a marathon. To raise funds.

IMAGINE: sort of ‘Ubuntu-Rainbow-flowtowns Villages’…

In ‘very’ short: I believe that both ‘the West’ and ‘to be developed’ require a different ‘habitual architecture’. It takes a village to raise a child. For some years now I try to help to raise attention that the West feels for me highly deprived in their habitat-structure.  Even though so many people seem not to notice it (yet). But conscious on this seem to raise as well. A nice article [Beth Berry] on this matter in the West. Another pointer for me: each time I hear the Bakerstreet song (Gerry Rafferty), I get reminded… See the links section further on.

I might add: It takes a village to live together. And these villages are not the mega human masses we call ‘cities´. Say about max 150 people living in a cohesive way. Feeling affinity with eachother. Sharing care for young people, sick and eldery people. In the books Flowtowns and Novaglobe I give a further elaboration on this concept.

So.. imagine in Malawi the creation of 20.000 places like this, each ‘adopting’ 50 orphans. Creating a new-family. The only way this can work, is that these villages can live ‘semi self sufficient’. And off course, this will only work if Malawians, and visitors want to make this work… or at least experiment with it. For me, the spirit of tribal living re-incarnates in a different manner. Taking advantages of modern tools (like the internet) and leaving out negative sides associated with. Opportunities to become more self sufficient could be: host ‘mobile internet workers’ from all over the world (eco-office), start internet services (young African entrepreneurs? – ICT), perma culture (food), etc.

This concept can ‘cure’ a lot of things next to giving a ‘new family’ to orphans… I believe it can help to bring a halt to the global population growth, which I feel is the main threat for the human race and a larger part of nature. It can also reduce a huge part of traffic, congestion, nature pollution, etc. And many more benefits (read the books if you wish). Community seems to be a key word. And than I don’t mean a ‘static’ community as developed in the West in the late 60s and 70s, but a more flexibel community concept.  A different community view can for example be found here: Raising Malawi Foundation, community support.

The transition process will probably take many years. Well, remind that the construction of nowadays cities took sometimes a thousand years. As long as we take a different direction, I feel we head to a much nicer world…

I especially name ‘the visitors’ because I believe it is healthy to create places with ‘a flow’ of many nationalities. Wether it is in Holland or Malawi, of wherever. That is where the name rainbow village comes from. And, very important to note: each village can have its own ‘color’: religion, manners, etc. As long as the places respect each other.  Starting places like this, or strengthen places which already fulfill aspects and, or find people who are inspired to join in… [send an ‘hello email to iwanjka@gmail.com?]

That is the focus of the funds I am generating.

I invite you to read more here on which plans I have with the generated money.

A last note… I don’t think that ‘we’ Western people can tell how to ‘develop’ Africa. The ‘West’ actually has a lot to ‘develop’ itself (look at the number of burnouts, unhealthy people, pollution, debt, etc.). And off course, the ‘West’ has history on plundering Africa…  In a sense I feel the rest of the world might ‘need’ Africa once. In another sense I believe the ‘best’ direction for the world is where we learn from every culture. And combine the good parts.


Websites referencing to this campaign

Floja Malawi (childrens ‘day-village’) | De Kale Berg (events at the Mont Ventoux)| Onze kinderen zijn de toekomst (our children are the future)

Related Links

  1. The history of the Mlambe hospital at Blantyre I was born (founded by The Daughters of Wisdom).
  2. Senegal is transforming 14.000 villages into ecovillages. For me this means hope, large scale transformation is possible it even can become policy…
  3. Bakerstreet song, Gerry Rafferty.  “This city desert makes you feel so cold. It’s got so many people but it’s got no soul”. I think it is because there is so little social cohesion between it’s inhabitants. Organizing more social cohesive ‘zones’ (of villages) in cities can cure this…
  4. The Ray of Light foundation. A foundation established by Bruce Cerew, Friend and changemaker. He came as a refugee to Holland. In his book I read about the path refugees go through. A book everybody should read who has an oppinion on ‘refugees’ and (im)migration policies. And the crazy paradox between what I experienced ‘in the west’ (hell on earth / life jam), and the promised land refugees expect to find… Intriguing coincidence, while googling to find the website, I bumped into this website (Ray of Light Foundation) established by Madonna…

Refugees issue resolution?

I also believe that these type of places can be a instrument in solving the refugee issues Europe deals with nowadays: Imagine that the Netherlands dedicates a significant of their ‘development funds’ towards the creation of say 5 regions in Africa. To which people escaping war can migrate towards. Construct these villages directly from the bottom as depicted in this page ‘rainbow villages’: semi self sufficient, focused on guardianship, not possession, live in ecobalance with nature. And, for a mini economy consider creating a parallel currency within the areas. Read this book on examples. Selection criterium for the localities: Select the countries which have a most stable track record on peace.


Some sponsors who would like a visit to their website / ‘thing’ by you… If you want to be listed, drop me an email: iwanjka@gmail.com.

K-Eten Foundation / Giovanna Gomersbach

A dear friend I met at Nijenerode University. K-Eten foundation focuses on ecological food at schools. And… take a look at her book ‘the beauty of water‘ (Dutch version).

Zekerzin publisher / Marije Kapinga

‘My’ partner in daily living, and mother of our child Mairaell. And Zekerzin publisher, author, wanderer, photographer, dreamer… and being a great support and constructive criticaster on what I do…

Richard Schut – The Power of Moo

Richard Schut, who I met somewhere around 1998, when I just started working as junior consultant at a company named Utopics. Richard left the world of ict-consultancy some years before me, now doing experiments with a sort of emotion-mirror improvisation theatre (amongst a lot of other things). Always busy and surprising… And enthusiastic 48 hrs movie producer.

Organisations / companies in Amersfoort

Duo Computers, my favourite place I go to for computer related things. I like there social / transition aware focus, not being only ‘a shop’. And a focus on upcycling and fixing instead of buying new only (and thus reducing pollution of Earth).

Gastouder Monique, helping is with taking care of daughter Mairaell. And she, they form a sort of mini community, social basis for many… And thus related to taking care of children, which this Malawi campaign aims for.

Barefoot running  organisations

Ludka working at voetaktief.nl and Ruth, being devoted to help people to run pain free at FeeTback Amsterdam.

Victor Guiaux – Ontknoper

Somebody who feels devoted to help people to get ‘home’ in their body. And als help in life transition processes… from Burnout to Tune in… ontknoper.com

Cranio Harderwijk

Emotions can embed themselves in the body… Craniosacral helps to release them… In Dutch: “pijn, zoals rugpijn of buikpijn | hoofdpijn en migraine | fibromyalgie | vermoeidheid of slecht slapen | whiplash | stress | burnout” Website: Cranio Harderwijk

Pannekoekenhuys Den Potsenmaeker Amersfoort

Had many times a good meal here… and the ‘sand’ on the floor. Love it! When you pass Amersfoort, go and try!? Website: Potsenmaeker


I was wearing a tailor made shirt by Greenmonkie (ecological climbers / climbing wear). 

Overview sponsor amounts in detail

Some more information

Iwanjka reaching the top of the Mont Ventoux
(Just before running 21 km down again)

SAPOF introduction video
(Save the poor foundation – Malawi)

I am because we are
(A full documentary on the Malawi situation, created on initiative of Madonna Ciccone – the title is an expression of Ubuntu, it al seems to connect… Ubuntu villages, Ubuntu economy, etc.: We all enjoy the services of others, an essence of economy. Imagine we can shift our nowadays ‘iconomy’ towards an Ubuntu economy (also aliased ‘zinconomy’ and’ flowconomy’).

Summary focus description Ventoux-Malawi fundraising:

Recurrent allocating funds and time / work is primary based on feedback by the various projects / habitats (pictures, facebook mail, email, videos). And their focus and ability to make themselves (nearly) independent on a fundraising money flow. Prime criteria: Focus on community building including orphants ‘mama papa towns idea’, (semi) permaculture food growing focus, (semi) self sufficiency focus, open for a different type of economy (ubuntu / flowconomy / zinconomy), open for Ziny type of currency / community workflow, responsive via email / whatsapp, etc., responsive via (pro active) reporting on activities to the world (blog, facebook, twitter, photo’s, video, etc). Religion Neutral. Open for instant community forming with people all over the world, eg. via guest house / tent camp facilities. Maybe figure out a different way of living adoption. Share the care, and give a child a ‘rainbow’ of parenting types and skills, but also provide for continuity and safety in contact, especially in our age of internet video calling new possibilities on this open up…

PS: This is not about ‘doing development work’ or ‘third world aid’. This about working together. Working together in both Africa as in ‘the West’. Creating a new Reality. Both in Africa and in ‘the West’. The ‘Western economy’ might face a say 50 year period to come to undo made debts, and phasing out a ‘debt economy’. At the same time we can kick-start ‘hotspots’ of a different type of economy and living together structures on places which have been ‘as unspoiled as possible’. Like in Africa. People in ‘the West’ might need Africa in the future… Whatever the future will bring, let’s build up a sound Africa out of foundation of sand, for me that is where Grace is singing about:

Other keywords / guidelines: Part-time residence, Treat live as your want to be treated, striving for Ecobalance.

Save the Poor Foundation (SAPOF)

Iwanjka: I came across this foundation as a consequence of my 2014 Malawi tour, visiting various children villages initiatives. I met Matthews Jafali during a short stay at Villa 33 near Blantyre. We shared our dreams. He would like to help to open a eco guesthouse place. I shared my dreams on a sort of children villages / flowtowns combination. I connected me wit Alice (SAPOF organizer), she than sent me a description of SAPOF (see journal below). I liked the concept and her professional and communication way of doing. A plot of land of about 5 hectares has been allocated by a local chief (THANK YOU), now we need funds to get it administered in Malawian land-administration to be able to use it as a ‘school village’.

Website / Facebook: (F) : https://www.facebook.com/pg/Save-The-Poor-Foundation-SAPOF-1535494090071648