Plenty Canada
Organization profile published 1983

Year Published:  1983  
Resource Type:  Organization
Cx Number:  CX2810

Abstract:  PLENTY CANADA is the outreach programme of a 50 person community called "The Farm", located near Lanark, Ontario.It is the Canadian sister community of The Farm in Summertown, Tennessee.

PLENTY CANADA is a non-governmental relief and development organization and a member of Plenty International , Summertown, Tennessee. Plenty International members come from Europe, North America, Central America and Africa. The group is intrested in and works with people who are trying to fulfill their basic needs. They beileve that through collective effort, sharing, and an equitable distribution of the world's resources, the needs of people the world over can be met. This belief is reflected in their day-to-day lives as both administrative and field work personnel are not paid salaries; work with PLENTY is on a strictly volunteer basis. Their office is in their home near Lanark. By eliminating salaries and minimizing admistrative expenses, PLENTY CANADA is able to spend a much higher percentage of its funds where they are actually needed, at the project site. This is made possible through The Farm community's collective agreement as well as through the help of many friends who support their work. Both provincial and federal government match Canadian donaitons for international work.

PLENTY's approach to development is characterized initially by living with the people, learning their language, and learning first-hand what their needs are. Their work is most often concentrated in rural areas and usually involves appropriate technology projects requested by local people which are carried out" in the spirit of strengthening their communities." PLENTY CANADA is aware that many indigenous peoples are becoming a vanishing group and through their projects they attempt to help them preserve their own cultrual identities by making the road to self-sufficiency more possible.

In Canada, PLENTY is working with native people responding to project requests. These requests include gardeningm, soy demonstrtions and other village skills.

PLENTY CANADA publishes a newsletter which outlines its current outreach programmes. Subscriptions are free on request.

This abstract was published in the Connexions Digest in 1983.
See also CX2463.

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