Dear Friends and Family,
Thank you for checking out my fundraising page!
I'm very anxious and excited to be running my first ever (half !) Marathon for Self Help Africa!
Training and travelling to San Diego for this race means that I am able contribute to Self Help Africa and the wonderful programs and initiatives they promote.
Please make a donation in support of my efforts with Self Help Africa. No donation is too small, and any music sugestions to keep me motivated on my long training runs would be welcomed!!
With your help I hope to achieve my fundraising goal!
Please visit my blog to keep updated on my training & fundraising!
Just to give you an idea of the sort of thing your money could help buy:
Pigs & goats: £25 / $39 Improved breed pigs and goats are a source of food and of earnings for a rural family. Livestock also produce manure which can be used as a natural fertiliser for the fields.
Beehive: £25 / $39 Beekeeping provides rural Africans with a valuable source of income and bees play an important role in pollinating other crops.
Bicycle: £55 / $84 Bicycles enable community volunteers (farm, vet, HIV/AIDS or business based) to reach many more families and projects in a working day.
Farmer tool kit: £70 / $107 Growing food in sun baked soils or digging irrigation channels to get water to crops is back breaking work and virtually impossible without the right tools for the job.
Vegetable gardens: £125 / $191 Vegetable gardens help families increase not only the quality but also the quantity of food produced. This is especially important for those families affected by HIV/AIDS.
This gift will provide 10 families with vegetable seeds, tools and training in sustainable farming techniques, nutrition and food processing skills.
Water for life: £220 / $336 Getting water to the fields means African farmers can produce a second harvest. This gift could be treadle pumps, rain water harvesting, boreholes, wells or furrows.
Self Help Africa is an international development agency that works to empower people living in rural Africa to achieve their economic independence.
This effort is focused on:
One in three people in Africa is hungry, and most of these hungry people live on small farms. We help small farmers to grow more food, by introducing new seeds or new crops; by encouraging irrigation; by providing advice on what to plant, when to plant, how to fertilize and mangage land. We believe that with inputs such as these, farmers will lift their families and communities out of hunger and poverty.
We encourage farmers to grow new crops, to diversify, to trade their way out of poverty, and to develop 'off-farm' income. We support and organize into co-ops and producer groups, giving them greater help while they grow, and greater negotiating power after harvest as they sell.
Targeting our business and micro-credit programs at women
While women perform up to 80% of farm work in the developing world, their role in off-farm small business activity is also critical. Small increases in a woman's income have a disproportionately greater impact on the health and wellbeing of her family. Because of this, we support women to set up small businesses through a large network of credit programs, and we continue to offer support long after the loan has been repaid.
Helping farmers cope with the effects of climate change
Small farmers in Africa - where just 4% of agricultural land is irrigated - are among the most vulnerable to climate change. We work with farming communities to develop ways of adapting to the changes in rainfall patterns and in temperatures - through drought resistant or fast-growing crops varieties and the management of water resources - so that as growing patterns change, they can continue to produce enough to feed themselves and have a sustainable livelihood.
Self Help Africa - Food, and a future