Impressions at the Mont Ventoux, 42 kilometer road and 1622 meters up and down, barefoot :
My aim is to raise 3500 to 5000 euro’s (I, we raised with the 2012 barefoot Amsterdam marathon 1350 euros). The campaign period ends intentionally January 31 2017. Overview total sponsor amount and donations. And please pay attention to professional sponsors, book authors and foundations, at the end of this page.
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: ‘Rainbow 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 email@example.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
- The history of the Mlambe hospital at Blantyre I was born (founded by The Daughters of Wisdom).
- Senegal is transforming 14.000 villages into ecovillages. For me this means hope, large scale transformation is possible it even can become policy…
- 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…
- 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…
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
K-Eten Foundation / Giovanna Gomersbach
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
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
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).