[permaculture] THUR Dec 9/Permaculture Around the World Series/From the Mara Soil Film Showing/TANZANIA

Wesley Roe and Santa Barbara Permaculture Network lakinroe at silcom.com
Sat Nov 20 15:15:21 EST 2010

Santa Barbara Permaculture Network
  Permaculture Around the World Series
"From the Mara Soil" film showing
Permaculture & Abundant Living in Rural East Africa

Thursday, Dec 9, 7pm-9pm 2009, Donation $5
Santa Barbara Central Library, Faulkner Gallery

      Join Santa Barbara Permaculture Network as it continues its 
Permaculture Around the World series, highlighting the path of 
Permaculture  around the globe, this time in Tanzania, East Africa.

	What if global hunger, poverty and disease could be solved 
with the natural and abundant resources already at our disposal?  
 From the Mara Soil, a film directed by Steve Schrenzel, transports 
you to a community in rural Tanzania trying to answer this question 
with a novel approach to solving humanity's greatest 
challenges---with simple, natural, and affordable solutions, many 
inspired by Permaculture.

	The Mara region of Tanzania is one of the poorest in Africa. 
Nestled between beautiful Lake Victoria and the famous Serengeti 
Plain, it is home to approximately 1.3 million residents, with a per 
capita income for most households of less than fifty cents per day. 
As one community member states in the opening of the film  "In 
Tanzania, we don't have war, we don't have dictator, we only have 
poverty".  This abject poverty creates untold stresses and challenges 
for both the people and the environment.

	Global Resource Alliance (GRA) based in Ojai, CA, is an 
organization dedicated to bringing hope, joy and abundance to the 
world's most impoverished regions, and has a Center located in 
Musoma, a small city in the Mara region.  Their work includes 
assistance to AIDS orphans, malaria prevention, primary water 
resource development, alternative energy strategies, solar cooking, 
micro-finance, and currently a permaculture focus on nearby Kinesi, a 
village of 5000 on the banks of Lake Victoria, where the film takes 

	Attending the "Permaculture & Sustainable Aid for the 21st 
Century" three day conference hosted by Santa Barbara Permaculture 
Network in 2006 with permaculture teacher Geoff Lawton from 
Australia, GRA co-founders Lyn Hebenstreit and Tara Blasco were 
inspired to host a Permaculture Design Course (PDC) with Geoff in 
Musoma the following year. This design course resulted in many local 
PDC graduates and a permaculture plot at the Musoma GRA Center, 
already evolving into a lush model for the surrounding area.

	In 2009, members of the Musoma GRA Center traveled to Malawi 
Africa to attend the 9th International Permaculture Convergence 
(IPC9), where wonderful connections with others practicing 
permaculture in Africa took place.  Julious Piti and Alias Mlambo, 
long time permaculturists from the Chikukwa Ecological Land Use 
Community Trust, Chimanimani district Zimbabwe, were hired to assist 
with the design of Kinesi Village.  Being aware that Tanzania is in 
the center of Africa, the hope is these positive strategies and 
models will radiate out to the rest of the continent, leaving poverty 
and despair behind. 

	Please join Santa Barbara Permaculture Network as we share 
the dedicated and enlightened work of the Global Resource Alliance 
co-founders, Lyn Hebenstreit and Tara Blasco.  Film-maker Steve 
Schrenzel will also be in attendance.  Santa Barbara Permaculture 
Network was honored to have visited the GRA Center in Tanzania last 
year on the way to Malawi for the International Permaculture 
Convergence, to read more about that visit: 

	The event takes place on Thursday, December 9, 7-9 pm at the 
downtown Santa Barbara Public Library, 40 East Anapamu St, Santa 
Barbara, CA. Donation $5, no reservations needed.  For more 
information visit our website at  www.sbpermaculture.org

More Info:

 From the Mara Soil -- Film Trailer:


FROM THE MARA SOIL takes you to a stunning but impoverished region in 
Tanzania, where a handful of activists are fighting food scarcity, 
water shortage, disease, health problems, and deforestation by 
teaching their people to use Mother Nature to lift themselves out of 
  Produced by Global Resource Alliance.  Directed by Steve Schrenzel.

Global Resource Alliance (GRA) makes a commitment to help reach the 
United Nations Millennium Development goal to reduce by half, the 
number of people suffering from abject poverty, hunger and lack of 
access to clean water and basic sanitation by the year 2015.  To 
learn more:  www.globalresourcealliance.org

For more information about International Permaculture Convergences 
(IPC) visit www.ipcon.org. The next IPC will be in Jordan in the Fall 
of 2011, with the critical theme of water.  www.ipcon.org


(805) 962-2571
P.O. Box 92156, Santa Barbara, CA 93190
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