“Never lose hope. Storms make people stronger and never last forever.”
— Roy T. Bennett
It's been a month since the great flood we had a month ago after monumental rains. #kznfloods. For a few days I was in total shock and even had moments of feeling hopeless seeing roads and homes washed away. Entire towns desemated. Forty thousand people homeless. Hundreds of thousands of people without clean water or food. Many without electricity from the damage (for weeks).
In the aftermath, I came across the above illustration by an artist on Intagram - Julia Francke @bat_tales and it really touched me. It couldn't be more fitting for what has been unfolding the past weeks in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa.
While there had been much destruction, and so much to mourn - again communities and people came together and helped one another. Rescue workers worked tirelessly for weeks. There was so much loss, but our tears were either going to lead to hopelessness or to hope. And at Growing Hope, we continue to choose focusing on hope!
We were reminded to let our tears water the hope and change we wish to see in the world. There is work to be done. There are gardens to be planted. There are children to inspire. There is soil to be regenerated and hand grown food to be harvested! There is hope yet! Huge appreciation and THANK YOU's to all who continue to support this vision, movement, initiative and mission this year to plant a permaculture food garden in a under resourced school for each week of the year! We can't do it with out you all!To see where we currently in this project, please visit our SPONSORS page.
And in case you are wondering, the schools we have been in touch with so far, didn't lose their gardens! Time will tell how they grow after so much water.