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Make the Rural Women's Movement Farm a Reality!

Organized by: Haley Feuerbacher

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$2,150 Sent to RWM!
July 06, 2016

The RWM Farm is underway! Sizani Ngubane, founder and leader of the Rural Women's Movement, was overjoyed when I told her that the world was See More

THE STORY:

"My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together." - South African Bishop Desmond Tutu In 2013, I traveled to South Africa because I really felt, as the famous quote goes, my own liberation was bound up with the women of South Africa. I went to learn from them a theology and a way of life that was based on liberation, community care, and the belief that the Divine they worshiped led their struggles for survival, human rights, and empowerment. I found more than I ever expected. It was there that I met Sizani Ngubane. Seventy years old, Sizani Ngubane looks two decades younger, has the energy of a college coed, and has lived through more adventure, trauma, triumph, and accomplishment than a Lifetime movie. She is the founder and leader of the Rural Women’s Movement, a 50,000-person grassroots social movement and indigenously-led NGO that advocates for women’s rights, land rights, and gender justice for indigenous women and their families in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, and surrounding provinces. As Sizani says, the world has forgotten South Africa since apartheid ended, assuming that all racism, inequality, poverty, sexism, and imperialism had ended. But, as Sizani points out, there are two South Africas, and the women and children of the rural areas occupy one in which inequality, violence, sexism, racism, and poverty is a daily reality that cannot be solved simply by hard work. Instead, these women and young people lack access to the resources they need to thrive: they are in the midst of a 2-year drought and lack access to wells, reservoirs, and other clean water sources. There are few jobs in the rural areas, and transportation to the cities is expensive. Even for those who graduate high school or university, jobs are few for black South Africans, especially females, whose unemployment rate for all ages is around 50%. But this is not to say that they are hopeless or waiting on a savior. These women, under Sizani's leadership, have organized to establish community gardens throughout KwaZulu-Natal so that only one RWM member in the past 3 years has died due to food insecurity - a 100% decrease from 2013! They attend economic empowerment and technological training workshops, start their own businesses, put themselves through university, and develop vast networks of home-based caregivers to provide medical care and moral support for the sick and needy in their communities. They have the dreams, the ideas, the intellect, the work ethic, and the love for one another; they just need the resources. The Rural Women's Movement has come into possession of land on which to build a farm that will serve as a domestic violence shelter, a training center for entrepreneurship, agriculture, women's rights, and technology, and a commercial farm and nursery for women in the rural areas. No such site for survivors of domestic violence and for indigenous women's empowerment exists in KwaZulu-Natal yet. However, extensive renovation and cultivation is needed to make this dream a reality! Help us raise the funds for RWM to secure the perimeter of the land, hire engineers to renovate the existing buildings and provide clean water for the farm, clear the land, and purchase items like solar panels, farming equipment, generators, computers, and beds for a sustainable grassroots empowerment site. For we find our own liberation bound up with the liberation of others, and we are not truly free if any of our sisters or brothers are oppressed.

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$2,585

 

26% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $1,000

  • Daniel Pippenger

    $25

  • Mary Wells

    $250

  • Jon, Sarah, Taylor and Michael Wells

    $200

  • Mae-Lin Mendoza

    $50

  • ANONYMOUS

    $550

  • Johnny and Shannon Richards

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $250

  • Muncy family

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Haley Feuerbacher

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Donor Comments

Muncy family

Muncy family

DONATION: $185

11 months ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $250

1 year ago

Johnny and Shannon Richards

Johnny and Shannon Richards

DONATION: $50

We love your work, Haley! Proud to know you and your beautiful heart! 1 year ago

ANONYMOUS

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $550

Will match every donation made by others. 1 year ago

Mae-Lin Mendoza

Mae-Lin Mendoza

DONATION: $50

1 year ago

Jon, Sarah, Taylor and Michael Wells

Jon, Sarah, Taylor and Michael Wells

DONATION: $200

In honor of the work Haley Feuerbacher Kroboth is doing! 1 year ago

Mary Wells

Mary Wells

DONATION: $250

An impressive group of women! Thank you, Haley for supporting them and giving us the oppurtunity to help. 1 year ago

Daniel Pippenger

Daniel Pippenger

DONATION: $25

1 year ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $1,000

FOR SIZANI AND HALEY 1 year ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $25

In honor of Sizani - and all the women who have shown me what Christ-like love is. 1 year ago

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