My name is Timmy Whitehouse, I’m 20 years old and from the United Kingdom. I will be starting an Architecture degree at University College London in October 2011. I am very passionate about sustainable and efficient building techniques and design. I decided to get some first hand experience and stumbled upon Imagine on the Internet, their own website was inspiring and I knew that I wanted to get involved and learn from them. Since my arrival I have experienced a completely different world to the one I have known back in the UK.
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And sometimes it takes time, but time is good, and some time usually breeds good things… the IRDI team wish to thank from our hearts, Mario Mayorga, for the rural town and house design he’s done for the Ngabwe community in Zambia. We’re all in agreement that it could not possibly be more in line with current culture and village set-up than what it is and for someone who had to design simply from conversations over the internet, it is a job brilliantly done!
At this week’s count, Imagine Rural Development Initiative has propagated 2300 Moringa trees for distribution at schools across Zambia. We’ve had many visitors to the IRDI Lusaka Training Centre’s farm stall, either to find out more about this miracle tree or to share their own personal knowledge and experiences of using Moringa as a nutritional [...] Read more »
At today’s count, Imagine Rural Development Initiative has propagated over 1100 Moringa trees for our Feed it Forward campaign to counteract malnutrition and poverty in Zambia. We’re hoping to reach the 2000 mark by the end of January, giving 5 Moringa trees to 400 schools and communities-in-need who will plant and care for their trees. [...] Read more »
At today’s count, the Feed it Forward campaign has 766 Moringa trees ready for distribution at schools and communities-in-need across Zambia. Imagine Rural Development Initiative will be distributing these Moringa trees from early January 2011, with the goal of planting a total of 20,000 trees within the next two years. The leaf harvest from one [...] Read more »
Imagine Rural Development Initiative (IRDI) began our grassroots community projects in October 2010, at the IRDI Lusaka Training Centre in Zambia, where we also host practical training workshops in sustainable skills development. We are appealing to our network of friends, members, colleagues and supporters to help us continue with our work for communities in Zambia, by either making a monetary donation or by donating material goods which will be used towards sustainable community projects.
The Imagine team would like to thank the 2 donors (so far) to the Feed it Forward campaign. Your donations are greatly appreciated. We’re currently screening beneficiary applications and are also awaiting a list of schools from the Ministry of Education, who will soon receive your donations of Moringa trees. In recent months, since [...] Read more »
Imagine Rural Development Initiative invites you to join us in our Imagine Millennium Initiative Feed it Forward campaign to end poverty and malnutrition. You and your friends can help by sponsoring a Moringa forest for an approved beneficiary. View the official Feed it Forward campaign page. The Imagine Millennium Initiative has been been developed by [...] Read more »
We are working on the construction of our roadside farm store, where locals will be able to purchase produce from the IRDI/ Lusaka Training Center. We will soon have enough fruit and vegetable produce with Moringa trees, banana trees, cucumbers, peppers, cauliflower, broccoli, butternut squash, and many more plus fresh eggs, day olds, fresh milk [...] Read more »
The first workshop was held at the IRDI Lusaka Training Centre over a 5-day period and was successfully completed on Friday 26 November, with a total of 8 participants from 4 provinces in Zambia. A large percentage of the participants are members of Centre for Elections and Governance (CEG), a local organisation which supports the democratic [...] Read more »