Our foundation supports AIDS orphans in Zimbabwe
and gardens in Paraguay.
MISSION for Zimbabwe: The mission of the Sustainable
Living Foundation is to inspire USA children to be fit, create art and help others and raise vital funds for Makumbi Childrens Home.
Motto: Be Fit, Create Art, Help Others
MISSION for Paraguay: The mission of the Sustainable
Living Foundation is to create family gardens, teach sustainable gardening and combat hunger and malnutrition.
Motto: Working and Learning Together
BRANCHES: There are two branches in the
foundation: Zimbabwe and Paraguay.
- The Annual Run for Zimbabwe Orphans and Fair in Mountain
View, CA See projects
- Red de Huerta Garden Project in Pilar Paraguay
PHILOSOPHY: We believe that
philanthropy should be active and two-way.
USA to and from Zimbabwe. USA to and from
people of The United States should benefit as well as
the people of Zimbabwe & Paraguay.
THE PEOPLE OF THE SUSTAINABLE LIVING FOUNDATION:
The Sustainable Living Foundation is a public nonprofit charitable
corporation. (501 C 3)
Date of corporation 10/21/03. Corporation #2562111. Tax I.
Board Members: Ellen and Bill Clark; Teresa Clark and David Ruminski;
Will and Kristin Clark; and Dee Gibson
Web site: www.ZimbabweParaguay.net Ph: 650 941-9206
Address: 156 Marvin Ave. Los Altos, Ca. 94022
THE PEOPLE THAT COME TOGETHER TO SUPPORT THE ACTIVITIES
OF THE SUSTAINABLE LIVING FOUNDATION INCLUDE:
Fundraisers, Volunteers and Artists
WHO WE ARE
The Sustainable Living Foundation was
established in response to the great poverty and disease
encountered by our son, Will Clark, in the countries
of Zimbabwe and Paraguay. Will served as a teacher of “school
leavers” in the village of Murombedzi Zimbabwe
in 1997. Later on, from 2002 to 2004, Will served in
the Peace Corps in Paraguay-- primarily in the barrio
of San Lorenzo in Pilar. Today, Will is a Speech Therapist with Pajaro Valley School District in Watsonville.
Although our daughter, Teresa Clark, has not volunteered
overseas, she has been instrumental to the success of
the foundation and supports it in many ways. She is a
physical therapist. Both Will and Teresa married
in 2009 and their spouses are on the Board of the Foundation. Teresa’s
husband is David Ruminski and Will’s wife is Kristin
Clark. The other members of the board include Ellen
Clark (President of SLF) and Bill Clark (Treasurer) and
The Clark family has been fortunate to visit
both Zimbabwe and Paraguay and the friends we have made
in both countries have enriched our lives beyond all
The Sustainable Living Foundation guarantees that all activities
conducted within the foundation are done with honesty and integrity.
Money raised for the orphans of Makumbi goes to the orphans
of Makumbi, not the government of Zimbabwe. Money raised for
the gardeners of Pilar Paraguay goes to the gardeners in Pilar
Paraguay. Here are some general facts about our operating procedures.
Each year, after the Run for Zimbabwe Orphans has been completed,
(usually within three weeks), the funds collected via donations
are sent in a lump sum to the orphanage via electronic transfer
of funds. The director of the orphanage draws on the funds for certain capital projects and for the care of the orphans. The Zimbabwe government currently uses the U.S. Dollar and the South African Rand for its currency.
Donations to S. L. F. are, of course, tax exempt. No
one on the Board of Directors takes a salary. We are
volunteers. As to the philosophy of the foundation, we
invite you to read an article that was published March
2005 in the Mountain View Voice. The article
is titled “Two
Way Giving” (full article)
With regard to Paraguay, we operate in the same transparent
way as with the Zimbabwe Run. The Paraguay and Zimbabwe
run accounts are kept separate. We have a volunteer administrator
in Paraguay who distributes $400 a month among five gardeners.
The grants are used by the gardeners for their college
education; to maintain the demonstration garden plot;
and to sustain their families with produce.
To conclude, no funds collected by S. L. F. are channeled
through the governments of Zimbabwe, Paraguay or the
U. S. A. We have trust in Makumbi—a home which
has been in existence since 1936—that it provides
a loving home for the children.
Likewise, we have trust that the Paraguay garden grants
are used for their intended purposes. We
believe philanthropy that is active and two-way
is inspired philanthropy.
For more information about our foundation contact:
Sustainable Living Foundation
156 Marvin Ave.
Los Altos, CA 94022
Phone: 650 941 9206