URGENT! We need to get these laptops to Zambia!
UPDATE – Jan. 8, 2013: Our heartfelt thanks go out to everyone who has donated so far! We’re happy to announce that we’ve almost raised the funds to get these computers shipped out. We only have about $500 more to go toward reaching our goal!
Earth Tribe Trust has received an amazing donation of computer equipment for the Community Learning Centers in Zambia from our friend Robbie and the wonderful people at Oil City High School, and now we need some help getting them to the people who need them. We have a total of 41 laptops, an assortment of power cords, and a box of extra batteries along with the digital library we’ve collected, and shipping is going to be about $1,300. We’re still waiting on a quote from Zambian officials on Customs and Duty Taxes, but if we can raise $2,000 total that should cover everything. We’ve raised about $400.00 so far, and we’re hoping to be able to ship these out by January. Can you spare a dollar or two to help us get life-saving information on Permaculture, natural building, solar construction, dry farming, and more into the hands of the people who most need it?
Help Earth Tribe Trust Build a Community Research Center in Kentucky!
It takes a community of caring people to create one, and Earth Tribe Trust has launched Operation Stone Soup to provide a way for the global community “add a little something to the pot”. If you live in Kentucky or can get there, you’ll receive meals, a place to camp, and hands-on experience in exchange for helping to transform the local community with whatever skills you can offer. If you can’t physically travel to the Irvine location, anything you can give would be appreciated. From seeds, books, and building materials to advice, technical support, or just spreading the word, anyone who cares to contribute anything they think would help is encouraged to do so.
Materials Request List:
- Heirloom seeds
- Chicken wire
- Portland Cement
- Earth bags or sand bags
- 55gal drums
- Empty wine bottles
- Used gas or electric water heaters
- Old clothes, cloth, blankets, towels, sheets or drapes / curtains
- *URGENT NEED* Laptops, ebook readers, and portable solar chargers for the Community Learning Centers in Zambia. (See Our Projects for more info)
Earth Tribe Trust
498 Jenkins Branch
Irvine, KY 40336
The Story of Stone Soup: Everyone Has Something to Contribute
If you’re unfamiliar with the story of Stone Soup, here’s a brief summary: Three wanderers come to a village, carrying nothing more than an empty cooking pot. The region has been dealing with war and scarcity, and the villagers are unwilling to share any of their food stores with the hungry strangers. The travelers go to a stream and fill their pot with water, drop three smooth stone in it, and place it over a fire. As the pot begins to steam, one of the villagers becomes curious and asks what they are doing. The wanderers answer that they are making “stone soup”, which tastes absolutely wonderful, although it would be perfect if they had just a few carrots. The villager does not mind parting with a few carrots to help them out, so they get added to the soup.
Another villager walks by, inquiring about the pot, and the wanderers mention their stone soup has not reached its full potential yet. The villager hands them a little bit of salt and some herbs to help them out. As the day goes on, more and more villagers walk by, each adding another ingredient. Finally, a delicious and nourishing pot of soup is enjoyed by all.
The next morning, the wanderers awake to find the entire village surrounding them. “You have given us the greatest of gifts: the secret of how to make soup from stones,” said an elder, “and we shall never forget.”
“There is no secret,” replied one of the wanderers. “It is simply by sharing that we could make a feast.”