Category: Aid Projects

The Village Hub – When Factories Preserve the Environment

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtWp84htc18 The Masarang Foundation is an Indonesian NGO dedicated to preserving nature through the empowerment of local people. It was initiated by Willie Smits, an environmental scientist, who dedicated over 30 years of his life preserving Borneo from deforestation.

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Permaculture Around Latin America – Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is in the Caribbean — one half of Isla La Hispaniola, along with Haiti. The Dominican Republic Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Environment can inform us of some of the environmental challenges Dominicana faces, such as increasing deforestation and soil erosion (15% of the country’s soil is overused). Many of these issues are shared with their immediate neighbor, Haiti, which is significantly more deforested. Nathan C. McClintock points […]

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Cuyama to Kenya: Integrating Permaculture & International Development

On a spring day in 2011 I sealed a thick envelope containing my freshly printed master’s dissertation and dropped it in a mailbox, bound for the Centre for Development and Emergency Practice in Oxford, England. The title of the paper was "Designing for Disaster: Evaluating the Potential for Application of Permaculture Design in Development and Emergency Practice". The project was my first attempt to sketch out a bridge between two […]

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FoodWaterShelter Fast Fact: Tilapia Fish Farming at Kesho Leo Children’s Village (Tanzania)

At Kesho Leo we have tilapia, a freshwater fish species that is hardy and easy to farm in relatively small ponds. This makes it a perfect choice for farming families in our area. Tilapia are omnivorous, but the species we are farming (Oreochromis nyloticus, Nile tilapia) feeds primarily on phytoplankton and algae.

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The Billboard That Saves Lives

An estimated 1.2 million residents of Lima, Peru, lack running water (far from potable in any case) and rely on unregulated private companies who charge an outrageous US$10 per cubic meter. Other wealthier residents pay 20 times less for their tap water! The University of Engineering and Technology of Peru (UTEC) took this situation to heart and came up with a billboard (it might be the only billboard I actually […]

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Turning Grease Into Fuel

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgCevU-HI0Y Teamwork combined with creative problem solving and a positive attitude (essentials in Permaculture) are the basis by which Cassandra Lin and her friends are making a difference in their community. Taking the role as youth leaders and stewards, they have developed the TGIF project (Turn Grease Into Fuel), which is recycling used cooking oil and converting it into biodiesel to help heat the homes of needy people in their […]

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Sandbar Cropping in Bangladesh

Bangladesh, home for one of the largest deltas in the world, is facing the adverse effects of climate change with riverbank erosion and flood water inundation during the annual monsoon. This has resulted in loss of agriculture crops, livestock and homesteads. The amount of cultivable land is reducing every year in an ever-changing landscape. Sandbar cropping has made a positive impact in converting these unfertile barren sandbars into food producing […]

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Celebrating 5 Million Trees (Tanzania)

Global Resource Alliance was recently honored to plant the 5 millionth tree sponsored by the Belgium NGO, WeForest, in Kinesi Village, Tanzania. WeForest sponsors reforestation projects around the globe, and has worked with GRA over the past three years to plant 250,000 trees in Rorya District, Tanzania. On very short notice our Kinesi projects coordinator, Owino, organized a big event and invited the Commissioner of Rorya District to plant the […]

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Permaculture Around Latin America – Urban Agriculture in Haiti

With the fourth installment of ‘Permaculture in Latin America’, I invite you to take a look at a video on urban gardening in Haiti, and consider such initiatives in the context of the natural disasters that have besieged it constantly since 2010. One of the first things I asked my PDC teacher about was if there was some sort of permaculture disaster relief program or group, since it seemed to […]

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Exploring Sustainable Livelihoods in Laikipia (Kenya)

Elin Lindhagen, Director, PRI-Kenya Some members of the women’s group Since it started in 2013, the Laikipia Permaculture Project in Kenya has rapidly grown with the help of the inexhaustible passion of Joseph Lentunyoi, founder and manager of the project. From the first women’s group, Nabulu, which approached the newly established Laikipia Permaculture Centre, wanting help and advice on how to grow their aloe, combat pests, improve productivity and also […]

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Leaving on a High (Lesotho, Africa)

Peach blossoming in Lesotho The white-edged black clouds embrace the craggy green tops of the Maluti Mountains with patches of blue sky in between them. The late afternoon setting sun gives a golden glow to this mountain panorama. This is the setting for my farewell to Lesotho. My two year placement with Phelisanong as part of Australia’s support of southern Africa is coming to an end. It has been the […]

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Global Resource Alliance: What We Did in 2013 (Tanzania)

An update from the Global Resource Alliance (GRA) Permaculture Continued developing the Kinesi Village permaculture project with the local community on 8 acres of land donated to GRA by the Village Council to grow food for 35 families caring for orphans. This plot grows hundreds of trees for food, lumber and habitat, staple foods like corn, beans, sweet potatoes, sorghum, cassava and peanuts, a variety of vegetables and moringa oleifera […]

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