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Projects as from 2017

Based on feedback (pictures, facebook mail, email, videos) these projects feel to be the aim for coming fund raising events and project support from Holland. 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). Open for instant community forming with people all over the world, eg. via guest house / tent camp facilities.

The various projects are described in a sort of blog fashion, journal style. Oldest topics are put at the end.

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. 

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

JOURNAL

27 December 12 2017 – Opened a Ziny – Senseful Currency account for the project

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.

December 25 2017 – Alice has sent me some project activity pictures

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October 8 2017 – Organization profile sent by Alice Chiwaya

 

ORGANISATIONAL PROFILE

LET’S FIGHT AGAINST POVERTY

P.O BOX 502

LIMBE

Email: sapof2014@gmail.com

Cell +265 888 346 588/ 996 460 141

 

ORGANISATION BACKGROUND

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.

OUR VISION

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

OUR MISSION

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

LEGAL STATUS

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.

CORE VALUES

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

 

OBJECTIVES

  • 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.

AREAS OF INTERVATION

Advocacy  

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.

    

CHILD SPONSORSHIP PROGRAMME

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.

PARTNERS

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

CHILDREN OF MALAWI MONT VENTOUX BAREFOOT MARATHON 2016

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

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

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.

English:
If you want to make a donation for the Mont Ventoux Barefoot marathon, scheduled for October 19 2016: IBAN: ‘NL09RABO0149987986’ ,  account holder ‘DoGoodPromotions’, Nijkerk (Netherlands). Or subscribe your self, or your company on this subscription form.

Dutch:
Indien u een bedrag wilt overmaken voor de Mont Ventoux Barefoot marathon, gepland op 19 oktober 2016: IBAN: ‘NL09RABO0149987986‘ , t.n.v. ‘DoGoodPromotions’, Nijkerk. Of schrijf je of je bedrijf in via het sponsorformulier PS: De fondsenwerving loopt door in 2017!!!.

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: ‘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 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.

Amen.

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.

Sponsors

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

Greenmonkie

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

Overview sponsor amounts in detail