Simple Solutions Newsletter 
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Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex,
the solutions remain embarrassingly simple
. ~Bill Mollison

No. 6 Nov 2010 
GRA Wins First Prize at Agricultural Expo in Tanzania
Every year over ten thousand people gather for a three day celebration and exhibition of agriculture and farming in Tanzania. The event is called Nane Nane, or Eight Eight after the day and month the event falls, August, 8th.
Solar Cooking Exhibit at Nane Nane
GRA was invited by the Tanzanian government to present permaculture, solar cooking and rammed earth block construction. Our exhibit was received by over 1,000 attendees who were treated to samples of solar cooked meat and sweet potatoes. GRA's staff educated people on the many benefits of solar cooking from smokeless cooking to preventing deforestation to easy water pasteurization. On the final day, GRA presented a solar cooked cake to the Guest of Honor and other government officials.

Our three staff representatives had the honor of receiving the expo's first place regional award and second place national award for their exhibit of GRA's projects. GRA's simple solutions and delicious cake both made an excellent first impression at Nane Nane this year.
Gamba teaching Solar Cooking at Nane Nane
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Just a couple quick announcements from GRA:
From the Mara Soil DVD cover
1) GRA's documentary From the Mara Soil is in the Ojai Film Festival this Sunday, Nov 7! (See details below.)

2) GRA won the first place regional award and second place national award at "Nane Nane" - Tanzania's largest farming and agriculture expo!

3) It's almost time for end of the year giving! If you have friends, family members or co-workers looking for organizations to give to this year, let them know about our annual $50,000 matching grant! Their donations will be doubled for projects in permaculture, well drilling, reforestation, microfinance, orphan support and natural medicine - now through Jan!

Our next newsletter will get you caught up on what we did in 2010, as well as exciting plans for 2011.

Best wishes,
Monica Marshall
Global Resource Alliance
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Tanzanian child From The Mara Soil From the Mara Soil
Documentary Screening at the Ojai Film Festival

What if global hunger, poverty and disease could be solved with the natural and abundant resources already at our disposal? From the Mara Soil, directed by Steve Schrenzel, transports you to a community in rural Tanzania trying to answer this question with a novel approach to solving humanity's greatest challenges with simple, natural and affordable solutions.

From the Mara Soil is part of the Ojai Film Festival's showcase of regional filmmakers! Join GRA this Sunday for the festival's Gold Coast Screenings. Come for a full afternoon of creative films or show up around 1:00 pm to see From the Mara Soil.                                       

Ojai Film Festival
Gold Coast Screenings
From the Mara Soi ~l Soalr Cooking

Sunday, Nov 7, 2010
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: Theater 150
316 E Matilija St., Ojai, CA
Screening Schedule
11:00 - 12:00 Animation Shorts
12:00 - 2:00 Short Series
1:00 - From the Mara Soil
2:00 - 5:00 Features

About Us

Global Resource Alliance (GRA-USA) is an all-volunteer US 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to bringing hope, joy and abundance to communities in the Lake Victoria Region of Tanzania.  By sharing ideas, volunteers and financial resources with local, community based organizations we seek to promote natural, holistic and sustainable solutions to the challenges of poverty, malnutrition and disease. We believe that empowering local communities to address pressing social, economic and environmental challenges according to their own vision and their own creative potential is the key to lasting solutions.

100% of your donation will go directly to programs and projects in Tanzania and is fully tax deductible.

For more info, contact Monica at or by replying to this newsletter.