Let’s give chickens to the children!
Together we’ve now raised nearly $3,000 of the targeted $7,000 for the Chickens and Coop!!!
And the best gifts in life are those that can just keep on giving, don’t you think? Giving chickens to the 300 children at the Magarini Children Centre and Organic Demonstration Farm is going to be one of those kinds of gifts, an ‘evergreen’ one. In the 5 min. video here, co-founder Emmanuel Karisa Baya expresses his gratitude to all the supporters of Magarini and explains how the gift of chickens to the Centre enriches the Circle of Life there.
The chickens will be able to eat off the land, he explains, and will enrich the soil for the farm and crops in return. They will also give eggs and so enrich the diets of the children who will also learn to care for them, just as they are also learning to care for the soil and crops, “So they will always have food.”
And in gaining these skills of caring for the chickens and crops, poverty is also reduced because as adults they can sell these for money if needed. “Loving the soil is loving the self,” as Emmanuel says, and so too it ‘is loving the children.’ And so Peace from the Soil is the real harvest being produced at the Centre… and a vision of peace as a way of learning and living that is changing lives locally and is rippling out from there as Magarini continues to grow into an Ecovillage and international learning and teaching center.
Many thanks to those who’ve already donated to enriching this Circle of Life for the children. And if you’ve not yet done so, please donate now to join us in the partnership of giving this gift that will keep on giving to the children of Magarini and indeed, to the world itself.
Be sure to listen thorugh to the video's end for Emmanuels gratitude to you and wishes for 2020.
Please consider providing supporting funds now for secure earthen-brick chicken housing ($6,500) and 200 'seedling' chickens ($500)
Your tax deductable donation today, to the hosting non-profit Lead Feather, will help nurture these children and our collective future with these gifts of a more secure and sustainable future. Investing in this vision today, of growing peace in the world in a manner honoring our children and our own deep identities, will aid in securing these significant gifts in time for the oncoming Holidays and the turning of this New Year.
Note that we've revised this fundraiser to reflect current focus on funds for the chickens. Due to timing, the initial $1,200 raised was sent in time for the annual Holiday community feast of special foods and festivities. This Holiday gathering at the Centre provides a vitalizing community and peace building regional event as some 500 folks from accross the countryside gather, who otherwise might have little or nothing to eat. This gathering also supports the Centre as local, regional and now as a budding international learning and teaching hub for Peace From the Soil.
This is an indigenuous articulation, further informed by international studies in organic agriculture, permaculture and regenerative farming practices, and international Peace Studies (through the Deep Democracy Institute), of community building, self-care and love informed and inspired by a love of the soil. It is an intimate recognition and honoring of human identity as intertwined with a respect for and love of the sources of our food.
Background and Links:
My name is Jack Larry Glover and I'm the primary author of this fundraiser and a frequent business partner with my dear friend, Cheryl Slover-Linett, the Founder/Director of Lead Feather. I first met Emmanuel in 2015 and was privilidged to visit him at the Centre in December of 2017. You can read more of my related personal experiences and the Centre through the linked blog posts at the end of this page.
Additionally, we here in New Mexico and the International Peace Group, in Oregon, sponsored a fundraising and networking trip to the states by Emmanuel in May and April 2019. It was here in NM, in a beautiful and appropriate Aspen Grove, that we recorded Emmauel's telling of the inspiring Hummingbird story.
Emmanuel's open hearted presence, the lightness of his being and his commitment to the wellbeing of the planet and her children allow people to welcome him into their own hearts easily. Another supporting organization is OUR EcoVillage, in BC, Canada, who are in partnership toward furthering the Centre as an international experiential learning center and EcoVillage. In concert with the Centre they are pioneering an international training programs there in permacultur, food forests and natural building and thus broadening the impacts of the Centre.
Additional events there in this last year include:
*Moving 100 orphan girls into an earthen brick dormatory, complete with beds and indoor urinal system, reducing their exposure to predation;
*The instalation of drip irrigation system;
*Mosquito nets for the children were purchased;
*Funds for personal journals were donated and the children can now record their personal stories of experiences on the farm;
*A peace building—violence & terrorism reduction pilot grant was successfully fullfilled;
*All of the school’s 15 first Level 8 students to take the government test for graduation passed;
*Some 800 people gathered at the Centre for the September 21 International Peace Day to explore sustainability issues amidst the local and immediate impacts of severe Climate Disruption;
*Two sewing machines were donated to the community and the women and were taught how to make reusable personal hygene pads;
*Proposals for an expandable Center wide / community solar system are freshly received $225,000 moving us to the next level of this project;
*An US Ambassador Grant proposal was submitted for an initial seed solar project;
*The Centre’s success has resulted in the need to build two additional class rooms for the start of the coming new school year;
*A pig pen was constructed of local earthen bricks and now contribute to the full cycling of neutrients on the organic farm;
*Honey bees were brought onto the farm and now provide pollination and honey, and inspiration;
*Numerous international visitors were received to wittness and be inspired by this beautiful work and play of spirit and soul and soil inspiring the Power of Hope rooting itself deeper into the human heart—for a future worth living into;
*Plans are underway for four new classrooms, a 100 bed dormitory for the orphan boys, a kitchen and a dinning hall.
Please join us today in further nurturing Peace from the Soil as its inspiration ripples out into our world in need. Thank You! And Come Visit!
—Larry Glover (Wild Resiliency) and Cheryl Slover-Linett (Lead Feather) for The International Peace Group, Our EcoVillage, One World Dresden, the Rotary Clubs of OR, Deep Democracy Institute and all the supporting organizations and individuals who have and are supporting this rising and rooting of the Tree of Life — made visible among us.
Links: (more coming!)