We are calling it the Permaculture Academy, it is a peer-to-peer learning programme that sets its sights on tackling climate change, vastly increasing social and economic resilience and directly helping refugees from Southern Sudan, DRC and elsewhere in Uganda and Kenya.
Sector39 is a small organisation based in Wales that has until now survived through trading, running courses on permaculture design and developing community focused food growing projects and housing co-operatives.
Almost no one invests in local subsistence farming in Africa, yet those vulnerable farmers could be the key to climate resilience and carbon sequestration. We have learned how to directly benefit those people, through permaculture education.
In the last 2 years, in partnership with a local Welsh charity we began running our courses in Uganda, wanting to support sustainable farming initiatives in the Eastern Region there. The work has really taken off, exceeding our wildest expectations and we are left wondering how to build on this momentum
- Step one: We are planning larger courses in May 2018 with Ugandan partners that will also kick-start a teacher training programme for East African permaculture teachers.
- Step two: We are following our May 2018 course with a permaculture conference drawing in political and regional supporters, focusing on links with Schools.
- Step three: We hope to launch our Permaculture Academy initiative in 2018 and it is for this we are seeking funding, investment or donations. The need is to put together a local team of permaculture professionals who can support this work and to cover the core project costs over the coming three-year period.
We are looking at AID agencies and other funders but we are ready to begin the work now and have built an amazing network to help us deliver this. If you can help us achieve this then please get in touch, we can supply much more information about the outcomes and beneficiaries of this work but will spare the details here.
We find ourselves in a fantastic position to be able to facilitate long-term benefits through education and have an established network of partners and practitioners to enable us to do this… all we need is the investment to get on our way.
It feels like a shot in the dark, asking in this fashion and we will pursue existing avenues for funding… but as the saying goes, if you don’t ask you don’t get… and those with money to invest often have more than they need, so here goes, please consider helping us if you are able!