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Help Permaculture in El Salvador

Feast for El Salvador - Saturday May 21

6.00 pm at Llwynbwch Barn, Llansadwrn

The Transition Town Llandeilo Permaculture Group is responding to a call for help from the Permaculture Institute of El Salvador.  They need to raise $10,000 by July in order to continue their amazing work – teaching and leading permaculture projects - in a land of great poverty which is already greatly affected by climate change.

 

They say: Here at the Permaculture Institute of El Salvador (IPES) we have been working hard over the past year to promote sustainable agricultural practices throughout rural El Salvador; ensuring food security, protecting Mother Earth, and empowering subsistence farmers to take control of their livelihoods in a way that is beneficial to both them and their environment.

Unfortunately, due to the economic crisis that has affected countries worldwide, IPES is currently struggling to generate enough funding to support the vital work that we are doing here.

Throughout 2010 we saw a surge in demand as IPES was invited to numerous rural communities in different areas across El Salvador to teach about Permaculture ethics and practices. This work is contributing to creating a more ecologically-healthy and sustainable country after years of poor ‘conventional’ farming practices that have poisoned and degraded the land.

This surge in demand is due to a number of factors: one is the effect climate change has had on El Salvador. In 2010 the country lost 70% of its crops due to damaging rains, and food prices have soared, - in the past year the price of a pound of red beans (a Salvadoran staple) has increased 138% from $0.52 to $1.24 per pound.

The need to support sustainable family farming is coming to everyone’s attention which means an opportunity to create concrete and vital positive change for El Salvador.

To do this we need your support to get us through the first few months of 2011.

You are invited to a fundraising feast – and celebration of Earthmothering Sunday.

Tickets £5 a head, children under 10 free - this will entitle you to all you can eat, Central American style. The food will be vegetarian, and varied, so not all hot.

There will also be a sale of seeds, and a raffle (donations of prizes welcome, please let Sue know).

Does anyone out there play a suitable instrument? Eg guitar! Musicians welcome on a 2 for the price of 1 basis.

We do need to know numbers, which will be limited by the size of the barn, so please book your tickets by emailing Sue Weaver on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Steve Brown

Transition Town Llandeilo 01550 740655

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