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Our SAN-DAL workshop in Namibia burnt down!!!!

aleks nilssen

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You know sometimes I wake up scared. Scared that I will not be able to impress you, that I will not reach my goals of reconnecting people to what is important.. Sometimes I wake up scared for the future of indigenous people, of starvation and marginalization, or that my family will not be well, happy or healthy, or that human beings will disappoint me or that I will disappoint them.. But I bet we have all felt like that at some point, but still our mind tricks us to thinking that we are the only ones to think in such a way. We think that we have to pretend or we think that we have to hide our struggles, thoughts or feelings to make other people feel better or not to burden them with our shit. Not once does it strike us that we all might be feeling the same way.

The other day I got the message that the cobbler workshop in Namibia burnt down. A shock! First I thought about the lives and livelihoods of all the people that work in that space, the hunger they are facing over xmas, and the lack of funding I have to help them,  then I thought about the orders from people who are waiting for their pair of sandals, and then after all of those thoughts I felt like a failure because a project burnt down.

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But it was never a project that burnt down, it was the buildings, money invested, equipment, solar and tools. Not the project. And then I asked myself.. Am I a hammer? Are the cobblers a sanding machine, is their innovation and talent in the equipment?  And the answer is no. But if that building is a reflection on how we treat indigenous people, nature or earth, well then I admit that I’m terrified

But the things are all dead things, things that can be replaced, things that can with some help for ALL OF YOU can be bought again and rebuilt. Small boulders of rocks can make the mountain look bigger, but the mountain is still a mountain. The San people are still the San people, I am still me and the cobblers are still intensely passionate and talented.. And the clients.. well, they will get the xmas gift of learning about patience and that delivery time sometimes exceeds 10 days.

The project did not burn, but all our stuff is gone. I ask you all to help us to get the stuff that can make the mountain bigger, so that the Cobblers can still make their ancient sandals for themselves and the world, and that they can still continue to support their families and communities in the year to come. And to be able to do that they will need a building, and they will need new equipment and solar. Will you help us?

Donate here : https://www.nanofasa.com/donate-now/
For Norwegians you can use VIPPS to number 90710759
Or PAYPAL: Aleksandra@nanofasa.no

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The Goddess formula

aleks nilssen

Most women all over the world care about looking beautiful, but more importantly we care about taking care of our skin. We are always on the lookout for new, more natural and better skin products. Some skin products promise you no wrinkles, some are tinted, some contains sunscreen, some gives a glow, some gives moisture and some products just lie... But real skin care was not invented by the western world. The first skincare products were created in the bush, by the people who lived in the harshest of conditions.

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For years, an ancient tribe of semi-nomadic herders known as the Himba has drawn photographers to Namibia's barren northwest. The reason for this is otjize, a paste of butter, fat and red ochre, that Himba women apply each morning to their skin and hair, giving them a distinctive red goddess look. The sight of traditional Himba women has become an iconic image of Africa.

The red ochre formula

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The red ochre cream that the Himba are famous for is made by pounding the ochre stone (Hematite) into grainy sand texture. The fragments are mixed with butter, slightly heated by means of smoke, and applied on the skin. The elders of the tribe say that the main reason for the red ochre is to establish a difference between men and women. And when you ask the women they tell you that the red layer is known to keep the skin clean and moist, block hair growth on the body, insect repellent.  and is also used to protect the skin against the scorching sun. 

Everyday I’m shuffling

aleks nilssen

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Everyday brings a new opportunity or a new challenge. Sometimes the opportunity is in the challenge, and other times the challenge is the opportunity. The one never arrives without the other, but we can choose how we perceive events, actions, stillness, experiences  and or disturbances. The power of perception is our one true superpower as humanbeings.. and animals might not be able to perceive,  but animals can teach us about how we can harness, utilize and transform this superpower into action.. it is a choice to run away like a mouse, lead like a matriarchal elephant, work together like lionesses, sleep it off like sloths, dive deep like whales or cruise the surface like ducks.. It is a choice to feel what you feel right now! It is a choice to do what you do right now and its a choice to love who you are right now..

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