From the Mara Soil – a Film About Simple and Natural Solutions to Poverty, Hunger and Disease

What if global hunger, poverty and disease could be solved with resources already at our disposal?

A film directed by Steve Schrenzel

It was a pleasure to meet Tara Blasco and Lyn Hebenstreit at the Tenth International Permaculture Conference (IPC10) in Jordan this month. Tara and Lyn have been deeply involved in a Tanzanian success story that you’ll quickly become immersed in via the excellent new documentary above.

With their work in Tanzania, Tara and Lyn had sought to go beyond the usual, ill-targeted NGO aid endeavours — which typically create only dependency — seeking instead to bring more systemic and lasting positive change. This desire lead them, as described by Tara and Lyn themselves in a previous post, to Geoff Lawton in 2006 and again in 2007, who helped point their work in the right direction and put the permaculture toolkit into their hands.

Since that time, Tara and Lyn’s work has focussed on bringing permaculture design into the communities within their sphere of influence. They ran with the concepts and are now seeing the fruit of them. Seeing these kind of successes should bring inspiration to all working in the field of aid work, where people in the most needy places can begin to take control back over their own lives as they work in their communities peacefully, intelligently and productively with a renewed sense of hope and purpose. These developing success stories certainly give encouragement and meaning to the work of Geoff and myself.

Kudos to the Global Resource Alliance team!