Badilisha Permaculture (Kenya)
Rusinga Island lies to the eastern part of Lake Victoria, Kenya and is blessed with perfect temperatures, lush landscape, fertile soils and natural beauty. Despite this, the people of Rusinga Island bare many burdens concerned with food, economy, environment and health. An emerging solution to these burdens is Badilasha Eco Village. Run by Evans Odula, a local to the island, Badilasha Eco Village promotes permaculture farm design techniques and ethics as a model farm, or epicenter, for both sustainable agriculture and holistic community development.
In collaboration with Badilasha Eco Village, Direct Sponsor will serve the people of Rusinga Island by promoting and demonstrating sustainable practices, in particular in food production and domestic issues, guided by the ethics and principles of permaculture. Our initial sponsored projects will focus on the urgent needs of vulnerable sections of the community and the regeneration of environmentally degraded areas of the island.
A thriving community whose members enjoy food security, good health, full access to education and a healthy natural environment, and which is endeavouring to develop sustainably.
- To operate a permaculture demonstration, education and resource centre, to include internet services and a library.
- To run an orphans and vulnerable children feeding programme.
- To offer outreach programmes within the local community, teaching and demonstrating sustainable farming and other practices.
- To deliver assistance to impoverished and vulnerable sections of the community in response to immediate needs.
- To offer people from other communities the opportunity to visit us as volunteers or as tourists.
Summary of local problems
- Poverty and unemployment
- HIV/AIDS (and resultantly orphaned diseased children)
- Lack of education and illiteracy
- Infectious disease (including malaria)
- Under-nutrition and malnutrition
- Deforestation and soil degradation
- Collapsing fisheries
- Domestic violence
Permaculture resource centre
For local farmers and international visitors, Badilisha is a hub or a model of successful Permaculture design. Including a resource centre, library, ICT program and hall for events, Badilisha seeks to spread its knowledge and enthusiasm for permaculture to all.
Badilisha is working on the implementation of the Permaculture design for our demonstration centre. So far, the Eco Village hase a mandala garden, food forest, chicken houses, resource centre, compost, education hall, campsite and other elements already established. They also engage children in food production by helping local schools to initiate sustainable food gardens within the school compounds.