$50 000 is half of what I need to finance my 177 hectares of heaven. I have been a health care worker for 19years. Giving all of myself to the care and support of others. I loved every minute of my career. My health took a nosedive after the birth of my firstborn in 2016. Then in May 2019, I got ... Read More
$50 000 is half of what I need to finance my 177 hectares of heaven.
I have been a health care worker for 19years. Giving all of myself to the care and support of others. I loved every minute of my career. My health took a nosedive after the birth of my firstborn in 2016. Then in May 2019, I got diagnosed with Fibromyalgia (constant pain and fatigue). In Nov 2019 I lost my job as Operations Manager for our local Hospice. The Fibromyalgia caused cognitive issues that made everyday activities seem impossible. I started a small Guesthouse, then Covid-19 happened and tourism as we knew it died.
I have been a Beekeeper for the past 4years and did a course with Bee expert, Mike Rex who works for the National Parks Service. I do free bee removals' and re-home the bees on a small-holding called De Hoek. I made an offer-to-purchase De Hoek farm Pre-Covid-19, but then everything got held up, and now I no longer qualify for mortgage finance.
YouHelp is my last effort in a long list of plans that I have been making to keep this piece of land. Although it looks terrible with the erosion and drought, I can see it's beauty and I feel whole when I'm there. For the past year, I have been maintaining the land, there are about 15head of cattle, I've grown a vegetable garden and I've employed 4 local people who would not otherwise have an income. Every week I cart garden and household compostable waste out to the farm to fill up the erosion ditches. I go past people's home's on rubbish collection day and I take their garden waste. I believe that my efforts are worthwhile and I would like to expand on composting household waste in our area in the near future. But I need to secure my little piece of heaven. Would you like to be part of it?
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Danielle Van Wijngaard
Danielle is a 40-year-old South African living in the rural town of Ladybrand. Danielle suffers from Fibromyalgia, she has two small children, one of whom has ADHD. Sadly Danielle lost her job due to her illness and is now trying bee farming as an alternative. drought funding helpme
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