2016 Grant Recipient — Grassroots Economics, Kenya

grassroots-economics-children-plantingStory and photos by the Permafund Committee

In its 2015-16 grant round PA’s Permafund supported GrassRoots Economics, Kenya with a A$2,000 grant.
The GrassRoots team is based in Mikindani near Mombasa. The funded project involves two local schools. They are building and maintaining a community food garden and tree nursery to help restore a significant mangrove area in the township. A group of local businesses are also supporting the project
Produce from the gardens is being sold using a community credit system that can be used for paying school fees and buying essential goods.
in June 2016 GrassRoots reported that the project was in full swing. The school children and locals have been introduced to the permaculture practices of companion planting, natural water harvesting, swale digging, wheel gardening, guilds, seed harvesting and more.

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Permafund 2016 grant recipient OTEPIC Kenya

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Permaund supports 5,000 Kenyan children to plant 5,000 trees

Permaund supports 5,000 Kenyan children to plant 5,000 trees
The Organic Technology Extension and Promotion of Initiative Centre  (OTEPIC), in Kitale, Kenya received $2,000 support from Permafund for a tree planting education program. Its aim was to involve the students at 5 local primary schools   in the propagation and planting of 5,000 indigenous trees.
14 tree nurseries have been established in 4 of the schools, using seeds collected from the local area. Training has been delivered on effective tree planting and management to ensure the trees are well maintained & survive.
In a mass-planting exercise involving the students and community members, more than 3,700 trees have been planted, with more to follow. The trees have been inter-cropped with beans, as living mulch, to help control soil erosion, create shade, fix nitrogen & prevent soil loss.
The schools are now setting up their own fruit tree nurseries using techniques they have been taught. The students have developed greater connection with the natural environment through the joint activities and have set up a seed exchange.

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2016 grant recipient Sekolahku-MySchool, Java

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Permafund donated $1000 to Sekolahku-MySchool Kenban Dapur Program

In its 2016 grant round Permafund supported the Sekolahku-MySchool Kebun Dapur Program in Yogyakarta with A$1,000.
This project is a school gardening program based on permaculture principles that has aimed to educate students and the school community about growing food organically and sustainably.
The funds have assisted with the building and construction of a productive school garden including the building of raised garden beds, a seedling greenhouse and a compost system.  The parents, staff and students have planted and cultivated the garden through gardening classes and community ‘Kerja Bakti’ days (working bees). The program has been integrated into the school’s curriculum with the aim of school becoming self-sufficient in fresh produce and has helped implement a healthy meals program.  The produce from the garden has been used to engage students in learning about cooking and creating healthy meals.

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Permafund grant round 2015 now open for applications

2015 grant
Permafund grants are available for amounts up to AUD$2,000 to community based organisations in Australia or overseas to support work restoring and improving the environment and building sustainable communities.
Grant applications over AUD$2,000 will be considered on the basis of their cost-effectiveness in comparison to smaller-scale projects.

Applications close 16 October 2015

Applications can be submitted up to midnight on Friday 16th October 2015 and successful applicants will be notified before December 10th 2015.

Find the Permafund grant 2015 documents

For grant guidelines and application form please contact Grant Coordinator Jed Walker via permafund@permacultureaustralia.org.au or download the PDFs below.
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Permaculture teaching in Haiti – preliminary report

John McKenzie, a member of the board of Permaculture Australia, has travelled to Haiti with the support of Permafund and AAE (Association of Friends of the Children of La Gonave Island, Haiti, http://www.aaehaiti.org/). His purpose there is to train people in Permaculture practices and to advise on specific challenges like water, food, and erosion.
We’ve received some heart warming news from Haiti where John McKenzie is spending some time offering aid work and permaculture teaching.
His words help depict an incredibly clear picture of how permaculture aid work looks like.
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In the little I’ve seen since getting here, water supply, food supply, erosion are still going tough. We’re collecting 20 gallon/day for the course as the public water seller is 2km away.
Nurse on course reported a child died of cholera on Wednesday night. Hand washing is not well practiced due to water scarcity.
Many Permaculture strategies are applicable to assist here and the course is attracting a lot of positive energies with 50 or so participants every day.
We’re supplying food and water so that is an incentive — but we’re here long days and attendance is constant… so I’m thinking there’s a good interest in what we’re teaching.
The local people want to apply permaculture across the island but getting the wheels turning for implementing it is of course another thing – this is what this trip is all about really.
Principle activities generating interest are:

  • contour lines around the hillsides/slopes
  • diverting water off the roads,and road maintenance
  • establishing fodder cropping and keeping goats tethered or housed
  • establishing a pruning regime for charcoal cutters, take branches only and not the whole tree
  • community gardens.

It’s rained a couple of times — hopefully soon they’ll be wanting to get out gardening! It will be interesting to see what happens — there’s been a significant culture shift in the past 15-20 years and men have transitioned to ‘urban expectations’ and may not be as inclined to be food gardeners.
This pattern we know too well… as The West has done.
In contrast it’s amazing to see the community activity over Easter. I’m not sure if this is a Christian activity, perhaps it’s more their local alternative — a mini mardi gras, for the past three days groups have been parading around town; drums, trumpets, dancing…   going for hours…   it’s a great signal of celebration and community well being in midst of my seeing their world with problem focused considering of water, food, finances etc.

Words by John McKenzie — edited by Alexia Martinez & Boyd Attewell.

2014 Permafund Grant recipients

Read about the stories from our 2014 Permafund grant recipients and discover how permaculture helps communities access sustainability, food security and a sense of belonging.

  • Amis Des Enfants Haiti
  • Koraput THREAD Siddharthvillage India more info
  • Foundation for Research and Sustainable Development (FRSD) Madurai, Tamilnadu, India more info
  • Ockenden Cambodia more info
  • Umoja orphanage Kenya more info

Permafund is the charitable arm of Permaculture Australia
It is registered as an environmental organisation with the Australian government Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities.

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