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International Projects

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Contour Lines

www.contourlines.org

One of many Ecosystem Restoration Camps around the world, Contour Lines is helping to protect the Guatemalan rainforest by working with local Mayan communities to transform corn monocultures into abundant food forests. Through regenerating degraded farmlands, the camp hopes to demonstrate the benefits of regenerative agriculture methods to the local community.

One metre at a time, the project is building contour lines with logs and other organic material to slow erosion, improve soil hydration and fertility, before planting fruit trees, legumes and edible annuals into the terraces. So far, the project has

created over 20 kilometres of contours. The local community is deeply involved – it is their land and their project – and are now training other villagers. As well as restoring ecosystem health, this project is also about creating regenerative livelihoods.

Contour Lines welcomes volunteers, donations and, on the other side of the pandemic, invites people to join the Ecosystem Restoration Camps.

Refarmers

www.refarmers.org

Refarmers is a non-profit organisation helping to establish permaculture demonstration farms and gardens, and sharing skills for community self-reliance and food sovereignty. It has two main programs; the East Africa Permaculture Project where it has created a food forest and kitchen garden for deaf children in a school at Kakamega in Kenya, and, in response to COVID-19, Refarmers has established a Grandmothers Kitchen Garden Project in Northern Uganda. These gardens help families who are deeply impacted by the pandemic and who are suffering from extreme hunger and food shortages. Often the primary caregivers for many children orphaned by HIV/AIDS, and with COVID-19 closing schools, grandmothers are under enormous pressure to feed their large families. Since May, Refarmers has helped implement over 60 gardens which supports over 600 people, and the organisation is aiming to implement 100.

Permaculture For Syrian Refugees

www.imecesolar.org

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A small permaculture school for Syrian refugee children is being set up by volunteers in Imece Village, near the coastal town of Cesme in Turkey. Since 2014, this non-profit organisation has been inviting refugees from the informal settlements around the Izmir Provence to their educational and community-building programs, where it helps them learn about permaculture, solar and handicrafts. Permaculture For Refugees has led a women’s Permaculture Design Certificate course at the camp, while the Permaculture Education Institute is currently sponsoring eight volunteers to be part of the Permaculture Education Program. Imece Village welcomes donations, and when possible, volunteers too.

Maasai Permaculture Demonstration Farm

www.maasaiconservationfund.org

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A project of the Maasai Conservation Fund, the Shamba Darasa Permaculture Farm Project in Kenya is in response to the Makuyuni Maasai village elders’ request for help with food security and sustainable livelihoods for their people. Since July last year, a large permaculture farm and demonstration site has been prepared, comprising 20 acres of vegetable gardens and over 2000 trees in a new food forest.

Permaculture fits well with the Maasai values of caring for their environment, caring for themselves and for others in their communities, as well as sharing what they have with each other. These are fundamental principles in Maasai culture that have existed for centuries.

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