Our Big Give Green Match Fund is live!

Our Big Give Green Match Fund is live!

We need to raise £5,000 over the next 7 days!

We are so grateful for all of the support you’ve given us. During the next 7 days we are asking you to give what you can to support a brand new project with our grassroots Kenyan partner, International Peace Initiatives (IPI)–a Regenerative Food Forest & Clean Water at Njuruta Farm, Kenya… and our generous match-funders will double your donation. We already have £2,500 pledged–will you help us to raise another £2,500? In order to access the £2,500 we have in the matching pot, we need to raise £2,500 in online donations.
Please give as generously as you are able to, and your gift will be doubled! You can make an incredible difference to the 10,000 people of Njuruta village who are living in a food and water crisis.

Double your Donation Now!

Your donation today will change lives for the better. You can help the local people of the Njuruta community create a Regenerative Food Forest, which will demonstrate sustainable farming practices and help the people of Meru County to learn new farming skills. The project also aims have enough water for food production; and to distribute/share clean water for drinking, domestic and farm use to 10,000 Njuruta community members, including two local schools. Once the water system is set up, IPI will run the WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) courses in the local schools and with community members using the various churches as bases for the WASH workshops.
This is the current state of the land in Njuruta–bare and nearly barren.
Your donation can transform the land of Njuruta into a thriving and luscious farm, just like International Peace Initiatives’ Tiriji Eco-centre.

Only online donations made on our special Big Give Green match Fund page will be doubled.

You can donate from midday today until midday, Thursday 27 April. Simply click on the link below to go to our campaign page. We have £2,500 pledged, waiting to double your donation! So make your donation work as hard as it can today, before all match-funding runs out!
Together, we have already helped to transform the lives of 56,000 children. You can help empower the people of Njuruta, Kenya to increase their food and water security and to honour Nature and the Earth.

How does it work?

Donations made to our project via BigGive.org will be doubled during the campaign, 20-27April. If you would like to support our work this year, we highly recommend doing so during the Green Match Fund, when your donation will be doubled and make even more of a difference to the people of the Njuruta community in Meru county, Kenya. Follow the link and donate to us through the Big Give platform. When you donate the BigGive will match your donation by 100%, doubling your impact. We are so grateful for any support you can give us. Your kindness supports a brighter today and tomorrow for young people, their families, communities and the Earth, as we get ready to celebrate Earth Day, Saturday 22 April.
With warm wishes and deep gratitude for your generosity and support,
Liza, Robyn & the Ecologia Team

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susie Kemp

Susie has 30+ experience as a creative copywriter, editor, and proofreader, starting out as a 20-year-old copywriter in the Mad Men world of early 1990s advertising in South Africa. Ever since, she’s had a love affair with creative conceptualisation, thinking outside of the box, writing to a deadline, and being thrown in the deep end!

She took an MSc in Publishing at Edinburgh Napier University as a mature student, in 2015, and continues to keep herself busy working as a copy-editor, proofreader and copywriter in book publishing, corporate communications, and publishing project management.

Apart from her love of working with independent authors, Susie has a fondness for working in the third sector and likes to use her corporate communications and marketing experience to support projects close to her heart. She has lived and worked in the Findhorn area for 25 years, and has been involved in a number of third sector projects and organisations, and family businesses.

Working at Ecologia Youth Trust helps Susie to live in integrity with her values of supporting the next generation to be the best that they can be, and she sees it as a way to give back to Mama Africa, the beloved continent on which she was born.

Ellen Shaw

Ellen joined the Ecologia team in June 2018 as Marketing and Communications Manager. Ellen has lived in Scotland for 6 years and has worked for non-profit and charitable organisations across varied fields. She currently shares her passion for helping young people through Ecologia Youth Trust and she works as a dancer and dance teacher in her spare time.

Robyn Cooper

Robyn is the Associate Director of International Projects, having previously worked within the team as a Project Development and Marketing Officer from April 2019 until May 2021. As Associate Director, Robyn is co-leading the International side of Ecologia with Founder and Director, Liza Hollingshead, bringing a new energy into Ecologia as they look towards the future of the charity.

Liza Hollingshead

Liza is the founder of Ecologia and Director of International Projects. She was born and educated in South Africa and worked there as a high school teacher. She moved to live in the Findhorn Community in 1974. She started Ecologia in 1995 after being introduced to Dmitry Morozov, the founder of Kitezh Children’s Community in Russia, and was inspired to support the community in its mission to rescue orphaned children from institutions and give them homes, families and education in a supportive environment.

This led to projects supporting disadvantaged youth and children in South East Asia and in East Africa. TRead more about Liza’s story here.