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Self-sufficient organic farming in Masiphumelele to feed 40 000 people

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I am René Ronge.  People in our country are hungry and getting hungrier.  Food parcels are used, for now, to keep the hunger at bay (if you are able to get one), but they are not sustainable and they are not very nutrient dense. Rice and maize help to feel full, but they are not helping fuel minds and bodies.  And there are no guarantees that the food parcels will be here going forward.  What about next week, next month, or next year?

We have to grow organic, nutrient dense food, in a cheap and smart manner, without any delay.  In our backyards, at our schools and in our neighbouring low-cost housing communities. Now.

My friend, Akim Riemer (Green Guerrillas), already started growing food in Masiphumelele, a township in the Southern Peninsula, on the 31st of March 2020, during lockdown.  There are (plus minus) 40 000 people in Masi and it will cost him R25 per person (R25 x 40 000 people in Masi = R1 000 000) to create an organic farm that will run on free energy to help feed, nourish and protect this community with nutritious food.  We do not need a farm, we just need space, and we have it.

As I am sure you know, the higher the quality of food we eat, the better our immune systems, bodies and brains function.  When our children are nourished, they are able to capitalise on the opportunities created for them, from sport to education.  Then we create an environment with increased employment opportunities, entrepreneurship, self-sustainability and all the great things we wish for us, our children and our country.

I want to help feed needy Southern Africans in a self-sufficient manner.  Tomorrow and next month.

Our aim:


Our aim is to set up a self-sustaining township farm from ground up that will grow high nutrient dense food to feed 40 000 people.  We have the ability and organic machinery to do so.  We have started, and with your help we will succeed and then duplicate it over and over.


Where is this happening:

Masiphumelele:
Masiphumelele is a densely populated (+- 40 000 people) formal township in the Southern Peninsula, situated between Kommetjie, Capri Village and Noordhoek.

Green Guerrillas and Nordic Canna, in collaboration with Ukhanyo Primary School, earmarked an unutilised area at the school premises currently filled with building rubble, plastic rubbish and thorns; unusable for the children at the school.  We have set up a nutrient dense food growing production with full support from the school’s principal and board of governors.  Now we just need to grow it.

With all Akim’s knowledge and experience, using primitive methods in combination with the science of nature, we will achieve high yield nutrient dense produce for the community.


Five disciplined and dedicated young men, who live in Masi, are learning creative closed looped farming methods by using their own hands to build from the ground up.  These young men are trained to grow organic produce for various feeding schemes in Masiphumelele. They will be educating and inspiring the Primary and High School students (+-4000 students) in working with nature and social entrepreneurship.

This is not a project that will end with lockdown, this is a project that will turn into a template that can be replicated in other townships to ensure highly nutritious food for those who really need it. This project will continue and will turn into a proper farm that keeps itself going without continuous funding.

With a tiny budget over the last 5 weeks, we have managed to make amazing headway setting up the farm and training these men, the Buffalo Soldiers. With your help, we will achieve the most important thing that we all need to do right now.  There is nothing more important right now, than to grow food.  We will not only grow food.  We will grow organic and nutritious food in the township, for the people that need it most.  Follow the story and progress via our Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Donations

  • Oct 25, 2020 - USD $ 308.90
  • "Amazing work Akim !" - Caroline Roussel

  • Oct 24, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "Brilliant project- thank you." - Greta Graham

  • Oct 23, 2020 - USD $ 122.65
  • "All the best with this exciting project!!" - Rachel H

  • Aug 25, 2020 - R 528.75
  • "Keep up the good fight!" - Erik

  • Jul 03, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Hope this project gets expanded to the rest of vulnerable communities of Cape Town" - K de Villiers

  • Jul 03, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Incredible project! " - Nicki

  • Jun 27, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Great initiative, wishing you every success" - Jacqui Kirchmann

  • Jun 26, 2020 - R 612.00
  • "

    For all the dancers that this will feed & life it will grow

    " - Nicole Daniels

  • Jun 25, 2020 - USD $ 11.55
  • "Happy to support creative work for people and the planet" - Carin

  • Jun 22, 2020 - R 441.00
  • "Thank you for all that you do! " - The Wild Love

  • Jun 18, 2020 - R 945.00
  • "Great job " - Kayyjayy

  • Jun 16, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "All the best with this great & necessary initiative" - Derek R

  • Jun 15, 2020 - R 10 500.00
  • "Wonderful work you are doing - good luck" - Gillian Claire

  • Jun 13, 2020 - USD $ 1 000.00
  • "keep up the great work." - Kirsten

  • Jun 11, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "this is the future : now" - Taowie

  • Jun 10, 2020 - R 250.00
  • "

    Fantastic, keep up the great work

    " - Hazel Tutt

  • Jun 08, 2020 - USD $ 10.00
  • "🥬" - Gail

  • Jun 03, 2020 - R 1 575.00
  • "Thank you so much, this is the change I want to see in the world!" - Nathan

  • Jun 03, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Thank you for all that you do! " - The Wild Love

  • May 31, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Fanatastic, would love to replicate in a community we support in Jhb, will get in touch" - David Ives

  • May 30, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Great project! " - Nadja

  • May 27, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "What an incredible program thank you " - Janine

  • May 22, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Good luck with this great initiative " - Helen

  • May 22, 2020 - R 212.00
  • "

    Great dedication on a worthwhile task. Best of luck with your project.

    " - Derek M

  • May 21, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Thank you for doing this essential and wonderful work!" - Karin Andersen

  • May 21, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Thank you!" - Denise Sewell

  • May 21, 2020 - USD $ 27.74
  • "Brilliant initiative, best of luck" - Sue

  • May 21, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "This is an amazing opportunity. Exactly what we need. People taught how to be self-sufficient rather than being forced to rely off corrupt government." - Neil

  • May 21, 2020 - R 500.00
  • " " - Leanne mitchell

  • May 20, 2020 - USD $ 10.97
  • "Thank you! This is the way to go. " - Anonymous

  • May 20, 2020 - R 10 012.00
  • "

    Congratulations on this endevour. I hope you reach the Million. Keep up the good work.

    " - Joyce Ntobe

  • May 19, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Amazing initiative, keep it up!" - Emma

  • May 19, 2020 - USD $ 108.91
  • "Thank you for doing this essential work. Sending you love." - Inet

  • May 17, 2020 - USD $ 53.79
  • "What a wonderful project. All the very best!" - Emily

  • May 17, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Great work that is so much needed" - Marc Solomon

  • May 17, 2020 - USD $ 26.89
  • "Wishing you all the best" - Alexia

  • May 17, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Wow. Love made visible." - Magnette

  • May 16, 2020 - USD $ 10.70
  • "Best of luck with this project" - Ricki

  • May 15, 2020 - USD $ 10.70
  • "Awesome work! " - Jacqueline H

  • May 15, 2020 - USD $ 5.35
  • "Well done! " - Anonymous

  • May 15, 2020 - USD $ 10.70
  • "Shine on guys! Thank you for all that you are doing " - Oriole

  • May 15, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "Shine on you crazy diamond!! Well done GG!! " - Sonja

  • May 14, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "Sustainability is the way to go and any gardening is good for the soul. I think that this is inspirational. " - Rebecca

  • May 14, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Thank you for offering a long term solution to hunger, as well as imparting the skills to do so." - Eva van Belle

  • May 14, 2020 - USD $ 27.30
  • "Thank you for this initiative. " - Cheryl Neave

  • May 14, 2020 - USD $ 54.60
  • "thank you so much for your vision and action, I applaud you all" - Andrea Brand

  • May 14, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "This is the way forward! Thank you for the great work." - Linda Botes

  • May 14, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Great idea! " - Andy

  • May 14, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Brilliant! I honour that you care and are making a difference through action. ‘Work is love made visible’ Every success to you all!" - Margie

  • May 13, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "I love your project!" - Nicole Brandt // Boss Models

  • May 13, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Great initiative. Good luck!" - Tristan

  • May 13, 2020 - R 212.00
  • "

    This is a great initiative and I really hope it works.

    " - Courtney

  • May 13, 2020 - R 312.00
  • "

    Teach a man to fish

    " - Deen

  • May 12, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Keep up the great work" - Anonymous

  • May 12, 2020 - USD $ 50.00
  • "Wonderful work!" - Melanie

  • May 12, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "This is fantastic! " - Carmen

  • May 12, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Brilliant Project. Wishing it great success!" - Charlotte

  • May 12, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "This is fantastic. Spread love with love. " - Anon

  • May 12, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Donate food & the people eat for a day. Invest in farming & the people eat forever " - Lynette Bienz

  • May 12, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Love this initiative. " - Gaynor McVitty

  • May 12, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "This is the way forward" - Erik

  • May 12, 2020 - USD $ 10.85
  • "keep inspiring the world!" - Cordi

  • May 12, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Love this project- looking at solutions beyond lockdown and moving toward self sufficiency " - Tash

  • May 12, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Fantastic project, thank you for leading the way to enable a more sustainable, healthy community." - Christine Evans

  • May 12, 2020 - USD $ 108.46
  • "A wonderful initiative. May it prosper." - Anonymous

  • May 12, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "

    The only way Good luck and may God be with you

    " - anonomous

  • May 12, 2020 - R 315.00
  • "Inspiring. " - Marieta

  • May 12, 2020 - USD $ 108.46
  • "Fantastic idea - lets spread the love to help these folks" - Megan

  • May 11, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "I feel very inspired by the work that you are doing and would love to join as soon as I can get out there." - Doron Nossel

  • May 11, 2020 - USD $ 50.00
  • "Self-sufficiency is the best protection again a complacent government. Good for you!! Best of luck xxx" - Wallace family

  • May 11, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "So proud of you guys" - Niki Cameron

  • May 11, 2020 - USD $ 54.22
  • "thank you for your hard work " - Ursula

  • May 11, 2020 - USD $ 20.00
  • "Wonderful project that every township needs! " - Jodi

  • May 11, 2020 - USD $ 80.00
  • "This is amazing and should be rolled out to all settlements. " - Sharon

  • May 11, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "I hope this inspired initiative goes from strength to strength" - Anon

  • May 11, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Great work " - Karen

  • May 11, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Hakim is a real knowledgeable trooper. Green Gorillas always have a cunning selfless trick up their sleeve " - Glen

  • May 11, 2020 - R 2 100.00
  • "Fantastic work ... keep it going." - Penny

  • May 11, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Amazing work! " - Laura

  • May 11, 2020 - USD $ 27.11
  • "Brilliant!!!! " - Nicky

  • May 11, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Great initiative " - Cathy & Chris

  • May 11, 2020 - R 2 412.00
  • "

    Thank you. Strength to you all.

    " - Sally Andrew

  • May 10, 2020 - R 5 250.00
  • "Great Work deserves support - well done! " - Dr Irshaad Ebrahim

  • May 10, 2020 - R 2 100.00
  • "Would like to find out more - [email protected]" - Tai Chesselet and Kathy Stover

  • May 09, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Wonderful initiative!" - Karen

  • May 09, 2020 - R 5 250.00
  • "Such a valuable initiative. Soldier on Akim and team. Much love x " - DAVIS family

  • May 09, 2020 - R 315.00
  • "Excellent project. Well done!" - Philippa D

  • May 09, 2020 - R 315.00
  • "Thank you for taking on this incredible initiative! " - LisaV

  • May 09, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Many blessings for all you are doing" - Megan Pringle

  • May 09, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "Good luck" - Kerry miller

  • May 09, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Beautiful" - Milton

  • May 09, 2020 - R 210.00
  • ""Teaching men how to fish" or in this case grow. Great idea! " - Inarie

  • May 09, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "What an amazing project! " - Patricia Finlay

  • May 09, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Incredible! Thank you for caring about our community. " - Sabrina

  • May 08, 2020 - USD $ 26.86
  • "Great project" - Christoph

  • May 08, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Amazing initiative!" - Kelly Cloete

  • May 08, 2020 - R 420.00
  • "What an incredible project! Good luck. " - Jen

  • May 08, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Great idea. Good luck!" - Brendan Stein

  • May 08, 2020 - R 5 250.00
  • "Very inspired by your work" - Victoria Engelhorn

  • May 08, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "I hope you get all the support you need, to continue. Good Luck and Thank You." - Gayle Olivier

  • May 06, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "

    We love the work you are doing.

    " - Andrea Mendelson

  • May 06, 2020 - USD $ 54.48
  • "Amazing courageous work Thank you " - Anonymous

  • May 05, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "You are amazing ! This is thinking long term" - Glenda

  • May 03, 2020 - R 10 500.00
  • "Thank you for showing up and being you and doing what is right, not what is easy" - RR

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Donations to date

R 124 281.86

Fundraising target

R 1 000 000.00
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The Green Guerrillas, led by Akim Riemer, offers a business as unusual approach to growing food, anywhere.  Food is grown from the ground up, proven we do not need land, we just need space.  Communities, individuals and businesses are empowered with proven solutions to ensure self-sufficiency: using what they have to make what they need.  The luxury of doing nothing has passed. We have to grow food now.  The Green Guerrillas can teach anyone to do that, no matter who they are, or where they live