When Patrick Harry, a student from Malawi (Southern Africa) visited my home in 2007, I had the pleasure of convincing him that container gardening could play a very important role in his home country. After showing him a series of plastic bottles and bags, in which I am growing all kinds of vegetables and fruit tree seedlings in my garden and inside my house, Patrick was so enthusiastic about this “cheap and efficient” method to grow fresh food with a minimal investment, that he decided on the spot in Belgium to start up a “Container Gardening Project” in Malawi.
At his return home in December 2007, he founded immediately a non-governmental organisation, called “THE FUTURE OF MALAWI (FOM)“.
We have to agree, noticing the name of his organisation, that young man sees the things really big enough ! But, hats off, he has the guts to realize some wonderful things : with only his own very limited means he started gardening in all kinds of containers in his own backyard and soon attracted the attention of his neighbours, the villagers of Piyasani near Lilongwe, and, in particular, the attention of the kids for whom he founded a sports club to motivate them even more through the combination of container gardening and leisure. That’s clever thinking ! Bravo, Patrick !
Today, Patrick has sent me this short message :
“Dear Professor Willem,
Iam really glad that you are really willing to support my projects in Malawi.
The Future of Malawi( FOM), an organisation which I founded in December 2007, has been experiencing a lot of challenges. Some of them include the closing of my postal address, which I opened for the organisation. It was closed due to lack of funds to renew it. I have not yet reopened an account for the organisation due to the same funding problem. But i will surely reopen it once I receive some small donations.
As of now I am using my sisters address :
C/O PATRICK YOUNG,
My account details are as follows :
ACCOUNT NAME: Patrick Harry,
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 0121207094200.
BANK NAME ; STANDARD BANK
SWIFT CODE: SIBC MW MX
I will appreciate any assistance from you. I wish you all the best.
Dear Reader of this message :
You will understand that I feel the moral obligation to help this young man Patrick HARRY . I will transfer tomorrow a small donation to the account above, because I am convinced that Patrick will use that money in a proper way to develop his organisation, which in turn will be a clear signal for other people, and hopefully also the authorities of Malawi, to apply container gardening at a larger scale.
Let us make Patrick HARRY “the father of container gardening in Malawi” by supporting him with a small donation from us all.
I hope you will be so kind to help him on the way to success. Every small donation is a piece of an important jigsaw.