Please join us for a special 15 day fundraiser in honor of Ali Sharif, one of the original Permaculture “missionaries” who took permaculture out to the world in its earliest days, and convened an International Permaculture Convergence (IPC) in Brazil in 2007.
Special Ali Sharif Scholarship Memorial Fund
Honor Permaculture Pioneer Ali Sharif/Donate to Scholarship Fund for Delegates from around the world attend the International Permaculture Convergence (IPC) in India NOV 2017, by donating to FIPC Crowdrise:
Won’t you help get things started with just $20? If 1000 people sent in just $20, we would have enough to cover most of the costs of scholarships for delegates from all over the world waiting to hear if they can come to IPC India in November 2017.
Larger donations also welcome, big generosity of heart, super appreciated!
We first met Ali Sharif in Croatia in 2005 where we attended our first International Permaculture Convergence (IPC). In those days, only the bravest stepped forward to take on the task of hosting these enormously complicated international events.
After Croatia, Ali volunteered to host the next IPC in Brazil, where he had been working for more than 20 years, establishing Permaculture centers in all the regions and ecosystems of Brazil, from the favelas in huge cities, to remote jungle centers on the Amazon. He was up to the job.
In addition to organizing the convergence, Ali dedicated time, money, and fundraising to make sure delegates from all over the world could attend IPC Brazil, never constrained by the limitations of money.
And of course, these delegates, who had so much knowledge & skill to share, often had never traveled outside their own countries, and needed assistance with visas and passports, and the logistics of travel, which Ali provided.
Ali Sharif missed the last IPC in 2015 in London and the UK, but was happy to hear India would be the next IPC host, and had expressed his strong desire to attend, and, once again, help find funding for delegates get there, when he became ill. Ali died recently in South Africa, while awaiting a heart transplant.
The Friends of the International Permaculture Convergences (FIPC) would like to establish a special Ali Sharif Scholarship Memorial Fund to honor all his years of fundraising efforts for delegates, and continue with his vision of helping both the delegates and the IPC conveners, now and into the future.
Ali Sharif visited Santa Barbara, California in 2016, and we recorded an informal, but very special interview with him (see below). Please listen to this remarkable story of a Permaculture “missionary”, who along with other permaculture pioneers, made permaculture the global movement it is today.
Information About FIPC:
Friends of the International Permaculture Convergences (FIPC)
~Assisting the future by design with support for the International Permaculture Convergences~
The Friends of the International Permaculture Convergences (FIPC) is a USA based, fiscally sponsored nonprofit of Inquiring Systems Inc; whose specific mission is to provide scholarships for delegates from around the world attend the International Permaculture Convergences. All donations are tax deductible.
History of IPC’s: IPC’s take place every two years and switch between continents. Past host sites have been in Australia, USA, New Zealand, Scandinavia, Nepal, Croatia, Brazil, Malawi, Jordan, Cuba, the United Kingdom, and India 2017, followed by Argentina in 2020.
Have a Listen, Ali in his own words:
Interview with Ali Sharif in Santa Barbara, CA (2016):
IPC India 2017, celebrating 30 years of Permaculture in India this year. There is great excitement building with those hosting, women, children, all joining in, as they prepare a convergence village, and grow almost all the organic food that will feed IPC participants, hoping to welcome you soon!
Diversity of participants, from a diversity of regions around the world, for a diversity of ideas & solutions
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