Dear all! 😀
As I walked into my living room 3 weeks ago, my eyes were drawn to the window by a noise I couldn't place. Outside the window, Earth Prayers flyers were fluttering through the air in the sun's rays!
They were being sucked outside by the breeze of the refreshing spring wind through the open crack just off the desk and distributed from the 4th floor to the surrounding area....
I wonder if a flyer fell at someone's feet down in the park?
It was an enchanting symbol for me of how important and beautiful it is to carry our valuable project further into the world.
Just one evening before, an ambitious team had organized a benefit event for us at the enchanting Schloss-Schule St. Georgen. It was a wonderful evening full of open hearts, dancing, singing, sharing and networking.
390 Euro donations were handed over to us ~ we divided them to our 4 April projects ❤️
Thank you Gabi, Elvira, Su, Anja, Lenka and Manuel for your work and to all who were there, thank you for this beautiful celebration!
And with this I would like to call ~ if any of you also have a great idea, e.g. to organize a charity event ~ we are happy from the bottom of our hearts! Let's celebrate Earth Prayers together and show the world ❤️
... And ~ you can also have flyers from us, they don't all have to be blown away by the wind ;-)
Now we're flying on to our May projects ~ this time, our journey starts in India:
☀️ 2. - 8.5. * Free Seeds * Navdanya ~ Indien ❤️
Vandana Shiva is a hero of our time ~ with unspeakable dedication and courage, she launched the NGO Navdanya and has been a pioneer for free seeds, organic farming and especially for the rights and empowerment of Indian smallholder women farmers. To date, Navdanya has established more than 100 community seed banks ~ in 22 states, over a period of 26 years!
For the 2nd time this year, we would like to support Vandana Shiva's project ~ simply because we think it's great. And have deep respect for what this woman has created valuable and contributes to our world through her courage and vision. Let's nourish this great doing together!
For those who are new to our mailing list ~ you can read more about it here on our website:
☀️ 9 - 15.5 * Sustainable Agriculture * Sumak Kawsay, Reforestation & Beekeeping ~ Peru ❤️ "Sumak Kawsay" is the Quechua term for "The Good Life" or "Being in Harmony with Nature". It is also the name of Ysa Calderón's environmental company. She founded it in 2017 with the goal of giving native bees and other important pollinators back their homes. To achieve this, she conducts reforestation and research in the Salas district of northern Peru.
Together with Peruvian biologist Stefany Liau-Kang, she is planting palo santo trees, as these are particularly popular with native bees, but at the same time the population of these trees has been considerably decimated by the high international demand for the smoked wood. Stefany is conducting research in a laboratory in Brazil to find out which other native tree species the pollinators like best.
After we were able to successfully support Sumak Kawsay at an earlier time, the two women have now approached us again.
They ask us for support to build a tree nursery to raise their seedlings in the mountains. Furthermore, the two women would like to have a chainsaw and a drill for the construction of more bee houses.
Ysa wants to live her dream and at the same time earn a decent income and create a sustainable job for herself. Therefore, she sells honey and regional seeds. Currently, she still needs support from people and organizations to build her environmental business in a sustainable way.
We are very grateful for her work and would like to continue to support her in her tireless work to restore the native ecosystems and food sovereignty of her region!
☀️ 16 - 22.5 * Nature & Culture * Samburu, Agriculture ~ Kenya ❤️
We have already been able to make a lot of things happen for the Samburu tribe :-) The establishment of an online store for the wonderful handicrafts of the Samburu women ~ the financing of seeds for a first, rich vegetable harvest ~ the procurement of water containers for the water grant ~ the planting of about 300 trees!
Now another 300 trees are to be planted and we want to make it happen together with you!
You can read more about the fulfilling cooperation with the Samburu here:
☀️ 5/23 - 5/29 * The Empowered Woman ~ House of Births ~ Peru ❤️
In the "Sacred Valley of the Incas," in the Andes Mountains of Peru, an inspiring woman is doing deeply valuable, transformative work.
Her project, "Ruruchay - Casa de Nacimientos," supports women who give birth naturally in the company of their families and traditional laboring birth attendants.
"When we accompany births naturally, we do nothing except trust nature and the woman's body."
It has been particularly difficult for indigenous women to adapt to the conditions of giving birth in hospitals. Many would prefer to give birth in a natural environment, but there is a lack of opportunities to do so in many places. On top of that, it is not allowed to give birth outside of hospitals in Peru!
Ruro, a traditional doula and also a midwife trained in Western medicine, is not intimidated by this - step by step she is realizing her dream:
To build a small village where Peruvian women and women from all over the world can give birth in a loving atmosphere and experience their birth as sacred, natural, safe and anestral! A place where midwives and doulas are present for support. Also, Ruruchay is to become a training center where the millennia-old knowledge of the traditional birth attendants of the Andes of Peru is passed on and thus preserved.