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SAFCEI attends the People’s Hearing on Energy Profiteers

On 31 January  2024, SAFCEI’s executive director, Francesca de Gasparis, and campaigns coordinator, Maia Nangle, joined the Open Secrets’ People’s Hearing on Energy Profiteers—a platform advocating for the prioritization of rights in addressing the energy and climate crises. The hearing showcased testimonials from various South African organizations, shedding light on the impacts of energy profiteering, the role of the energy sector in climate issues, and community resistance against energy...

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Open Wing Alliance Africa (Virtual) Summit 2023

The Open Wing Alliance (OWA) Africa hosted its annual summit for 2023 from the 28th to the 30th of November. This virtual summit was attended by 18 organizations from 11 African countries who are members of the coalition.  This year’s summit consisted of three themes with each day having a different theme. On the first day the theme was ‘where we are’ which looked at facilitating opportunities to learn, network and share growth opportunities for OWA member organizations. A number of...

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OWA Global Summit 2023

  The Open Wing Alliance (OWA) hosted its first in-person Global Summit since the covid-19 pandemic! This year the OWA Global Summit was hosted in Prague, Czech Republic; the summit saw 124 passionate activists from 44 countries and 52 organizations come together for the first time in four years under the theme; ‘Reconnect as a Global Force for Chickens’.  Initiated by The Humane League, OWA brings 90+ member organizations together to create a unified front in our goal to end the abuse of...

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Growing Hope: FLEAT Zambia Empowers Mukunkiki School with community garden project

Esther Kakole, a member of SAFCEI’s Faith Leader Environmental Advocacy Training (FLEAT) Zambia group representing the Christian faith recently shared one of the activities she has been active in.  Esther writes: “Our school is Mukunkiki primary school situated on the banks of Mukunkiki stream in Luampa, Zambia. In this area, locals are into farming maize, groundnuts, and mostly cassava. The area does not have a marketplace, most people depend on small gardens for fresh vegetables, and...

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Bvumbwe Parish’s Holy Childhood Programme: Nurturing Faith and Nature through Tree Planting

Father Damian Abraham, a Catholic priest at Bvumbwe Parish in Blantyre, Malawi, and a dedicated member of SAFCEI's Faith Leader Environmental Advocacy Training (FLEAT) Malawi group, passionately highlighted the remarkable initiatives undertaken by his parish. “The Priests of Bvumbwe Catholic Parish in the Archdiocese of Blantyre, Malawi lead children into planting trees, through their Holy Childhood Programme. Bvumbwe Parish is training children to plant trees and take care of their...

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Indigenous Foods in Malawi

There is an old adage that says “let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”.  On Wednesday 7 June 2023, faith leaders from our Faith Leader Environmental Advocacy Training (FLEAT) Malawi II group, demonstrated this by selecting indigenous foods in Malawi that have a combination of nutrition and health aspects. Some of them grow in the wild and are slowly being domesticated as well.  The four indigenous foods that the faith leaders highlighted from the regional perspectives are (i)...

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SAFCEI hosts FLEAT Malawi II in Lilongwe

SAFCEI was back in Malawi from 6 to 8 June meeting with the second cohort of faith leaders at the Faith Leader Environmental Advocacy Training (FLEAT) Malawi II in Lilongwe. The group of twenty-nine faith leaders representing the Muslim, Baha’i and Christian denominations were selected from the over one hundred and fifty excellent applications we received for the FLEAT training.  SAFCEI’s Executive Director, Francesca de Gasparis, welcomed the group online from the SAFCEI office in Cape Town....

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Energizing solutions in Uganda

Our FLEAT member in Uganda, Saidah Nakaliisa, representing the Muslim community recently shared an update on the one-year Environmental Training project they concluded after receiving a SAFCEI small grant in 2022.  The one-year Environmental Training project was implemented by Energizing Solutions working with Kasambya Community Zirobwe Luwero Muslim District under Uganda Muslim Supreme Council.  This community project was about the establishment of a Nursery bed and fruit tree orchard where...

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FLEAT Tanzania meets for a second time

We held our second Faith Leader Environmental Advocacy Training (FLEAT) Tanzania workshop with a group of 19 participants at the Rungwe Hotel in Dar es Salaam from 25 to 27 April 2023. The group of 10 women and 9 men from various Christian denominations and Islamic faith came together to share the activities they planned during the first introduction meeting in October 2022.      The three days were focused on learning...

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The Power of a Functional Food Garden: The Case of Mgombane Primary School

From the outside, the unassuming school does not resemble the green well-manicured gardens that are usually associated with educational institutions. The trees that populate the grounds are different from the usual decorative trees associated with most schools. There are indigenous chickens that are running around the school grounds and in between the classrooms there is a total ground cover from the dry grass that mulch the vegetable gardens. Trenches connect the rooftop runoff to the healthy...

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