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Abalimi Fundraiser

Abalimi Fundraiser

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Abalimi has been going for 38 wonderful years. Each year we support between 1200 and 2000 unemployed people to start or maintain their home or community gardens with training, seeds, seedlings, manure, and follow-up or mentoring. In turn, these gardeners feed approximately 6260 - 9400 dependents each year. Many of our gardeners also sell their surplus vegetables to earn a modest income.

In order for us to continue our important service to the unemployed in the townships, we need additional financial support to bridge a funding gap into 2020.

Our target is to raise R300 000 to keep us going over the next few months. So far we have managed to raise just over R80 000 but need your help to reach our goal. Your donation will enable us to provide new home-gardeners with training and start-up resources to establish their garden.

Our Target Area is the Cape Flats and the subeconomic areas within the metropole – including Khayelitsha, Nyanga, Philippi, Browns Farm, Crossroads and Gugulethu. The sandy soil makes it difficult to grow vegetables, thus we strive through all our activities and projects to conserve and enhance the soil and natural vegetation while promoting organic farming.

Your support helps us to support the farmers.

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Some messages from our donors:

Abalimi does such great work in the townships! You got to keep on going! The Travel Beyond (Sweden) group will be making a donation.   James Fernie, Uthando Tours

Please find R500 donation from Legalese. We are lawyers for the creative, tech and non-profit industries. We only have a job because people like you exist. Moreover, you guys do such fantastic work. Eitan Stern, Lagelese


Thank you for reaching out to us with this important appeal. I was a volunteer with Abalimi in 2010 through the Stanford University program. I loved my experience in the gardens and so admire the work you do.  Daniela Uribe

I have transferred R 1200 into the Abalimi account as a donation. I wish you success with your donation project. Eleanora Hofer

 I would like to donate 100 euro, to give something back for the friendly reception, the insight I got and the great vegetables from Abalimi in 2011. Thanks to all gardeners and organizers - such a great project and am thankful to have known it.  Elke Abersfelder

 We have always been huge supporters of Abalimi and are always happy to help where we can. I have transferred R1500 and hope that it can go some way to bridging the funding gap. Tom Herbstein

 I've made a donation and shared this appeal with our community. Good luck with the push to get what you need between now and the end of the year. Misha Teasdale, GreenPop




  • Dec 30, 2019 - USD $ 74.90
  • "Go on, thanks to all the garden centers and mamas. Greetings from Jonathan, Germany" - Eckhard Muser

  • Dec 23, 2019 - USD $ 29.57
  • "Keep up the good work!" - Raisibe Lorenzia Bernhardt

  • Dec 18, 2019 - R 500.00
  • "Happy to support your important work" - Sue Myrdal

  • Dec 16, 2019 - USD $ 526.00
  • "I hope this helps. I truly believe food security must be implemented from the ground up." - Todd A. Somodevilla

  • Dec 15, 2019 - USD $ 32.78
  • "Brilliant project" - Anonymous

  • Dec 04, 2019 - USD $ 71.78
  • "Hope my donation can help keep up the vital work you do I the township communities!" - Nicola

  • Dec 03, 2019 - R 1 010.00
  • "

    Thank you for all the good work you're doing.

    " - Indira Govender

  • Dec 03, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Hope this wonderful initiative will keep strong " - Anon

  • Nov 29, 2019 - USD $ 135.92
  • "Good luck" - Anonymous

  • Nov 27, 2019 - R 10 150.00
  • "Please keep going, your community work is such an education for all of us." - John Raimondo

  • Nov 27, 2019 - USD $ 33.72
  • "good luck!" - Daniela Profitlich

  • Nov 25, 2019 - R 510.00
  • "

    Thank you for eve

    " - Karen Beningfield

  • Nov 25, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Great initiacive! Hope you can carry on with it" - Ana

  • Nov 25, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "thank you for great work" - Anonymous

  • Nov 23, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Wishing you strength and courage to carry on this important work. " - Jess Blumenthal

  • Nov 23, 2019 - USD $ 21.04
  • "Thank you for all the great work! " - Angie

  • Nov 22, 2019 - R 2 056.40
  • "Having worked with Abalimi as a student, and knowing how vital affordable and accessible food systems are in Cape Town, Abalimi is sustainable development in action. " - Sarah Corry

  • Nov 21, 2019 - USD $ 21.04
  • "A small gift that comes with admiration and hope." - Reuben Freed

  • Nov 21, 2019 - USD $ 35.54
  • "Abalimi is one of the most extraordinary organisation. I have had the privilege to witness the power of their model first hand by visiting some of the gardens. I wish them many more bountiful years! " - Clémence Petit-Perrot

  • Nov 21, 2019 - USD $ 106.62
  • "Keep going with your tremendous work!!!" - Astrid Ley

  • Nov 21, 2019 - USD $ 10.52
  • "Keep it up Abalimi - you are one of the best solutions to poverty." - Joanna

  • Nov 21, 2019 - USD $ 71.08
  • "The work you do is so important and inspiring. Thank you for all you do!" - Daniela Uribe

  • Nov 21, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Delighted to be able to make a small contribution to such a wonderful project" - Jo Frater

  • Nov 21, 2019 - USD $ 67.57
  • "ABALIMI - Most fascinating and important initiative!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you so much for your engagement and efforts!" - Hans Supenkämper

  • Nov 21, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "An amazing programme with an incredible heritage and impact" - Justin

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Donations to date

R 255 971.88

Fundraising target

R 300 000.00

Funds raised offline

R 220 731.00

Abalimi Bezekhaya

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Abalimi Bezekhaya, meaning farmers of the home in isiXhosa, is a non-profit urban-farming organisation established in 1982. We support disadvantaged communities in Cape Town to grow their own organic vegetables for food security, health & nutrition, as well as generating an income through sale of veggies. Our focus is training, providing resources, support with infrastructure and market access.