Photos for Food

PHOTOS FOR FOOD

"Do what you can, where you are, with what you have."

THEODORE ROOSEVELT

Madiba’s and Tutu’s dream of a caring society brought to life: people with resources caring for people with less.

I've been watching events unfolding here in South Africa during this lockdown period with growing  empathy and dismay, as well as hope and admiration - so many people are needy beyond anything any of us can ever imagine, and so many people are stepping up to help them. It really makes my heart glow!

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I've learned over the years that while the adage "if you want something done, do it yourself" is often true (such as communities needing to step up while government halted school feeding schemes and even stole food parcels),  it's also true that things are more effective when we come together as a collective and pool our resources. So while on my own I don't have nearly enough food or money or energy to donate as I'd like, I thought about how the resource I do have right now, my photographs, might usefully contribute. Photos may be soul food, but the belly and body need more substantial sustenance, so as a "please and thank you"  I'm offering photos to those who are able to either donate funds for food or volunteer time to help those in need to feed themselves.

I've chosen to work this on an honesty-box system:

  1. donate to the South African charity of your choice (in any way, be it money, food, clothes and other items, or volunteering);
  2. let me know about it in the comments below, or email me if you're shy or prefer anonymity;
  3. browse my galleries to choose your photograph for your personal enjoyment;
  4. use the Photos For Food option to place your order.

This is my way giving back and of saying thank you, you're a beautiful person!

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    Here's some links to a few of my favourite organisations to support, and of course you're welcome to donate to your own favourite local SA charity:

    • Green Guerrillas have turned barren waste ground in Masiphumele into food gardens where community members have learned to make soil, compost, fertiliser and to grow good, organic, healthy food to feed themselves and their community.
    • Peninsula School Feeding Association have been providing meals to learners affected by poverty for decades, and during this lockdown are providing food supplies to even more families.
    • PHA Food & Farming Campaign  growing food to feed the community. See what they're currently doing on their Facebook page.
    • Send a virtual grocery voucher to a specific person via SMS, which can be redeemed at any Shoprite, Checkers or Usave store.

    Living Hope MASI FIRE RELIEF APPEAL:

    18 December 2020: In Masiphumele, a huge fire fanned by strong winds has destroyed over 1,300 homes and the few worldly possessions of over 5,000 people. If you can help in any way, please do, Living Hope are collecting donations of food and household goods, and volunteers are needed to help make two meals a day for the thousands affected. Please bring tinned and dried food, hygiene items, kitchen items and mattresses/bedding to the gate at Living Hope

    Update: 24 December: The community response has been extraordinarily generous! Thank you! Government has now also promised to build permanent homes on the site as a long term solution, rather than supplying shack starter kits. They intend to have them built by April, which means that most of the donated household items will need to be stored until people have their new homes. Living Hope still needs volunteers and financial donations are still needed and welcomed.

    Financial Donations to Living Hope Disaster Appeal:
    Bank: FNB
    Branch Name: Longbeach
    Branch Code: 260 300
    Account name: Disaster Appeal account
    Account Number: 62672419267
    Reference: Masi Fire
    International donors: www.livinghope.co.za/donate

    Thank you!

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    Peninsula School Feeding Association
    www.psfa.org.za/a-special-appeal-to-feed-hungry-children-during-the-extended-school-holidays/
    Supporting a family for a month
    Just made a donation to Green Guerillas very inspiring and am looking into the Peninsula Feeding Association. Very interesting but would like to work on a collaboration there with Zip Zap so lets see what comes out of it.
    Thanks for the inspiration as always
    Thanks for this lovely gesture, Andy. It is freeing for me to do something concrete with my worry about all the hungry people. (Instead of just being cross with government for doing things wrong) Have donated R2412 to the Green Geurrillas. Lots love to you. Will browse your gorgeous art now or later.
    Victoria and Sally, you're both always such an inspiration, for me as well as many others! Thank you for spreading your generous compassion around, once again!
    :)
    A huge thank you to Stephen, Johan, and all the others who let me know privately of your donations!

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