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Gisenyi Permagarden Training - Rwanda

Gisenyi Permagarden Training - Rwanda

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This project is made possible through the partnership of WATER CHARITY and the NATIONAL PEACE CORPS ASSOCIATION.

The second training of our Permagarden Training Initiative - Worldwide will take place in February, 2018. Peter Jensen will train representative of Hand in Hand for Development (a Rwandan NGO) and other NGOs from the Gisenyi area of Rwanda, with his Terra Firma Permagardens for Empowerment and Resilience course.

Here is an outline of what we intend to accomplish in this monumental initiative to spread the permaculture technology across the globe.

Gisenyi Permagarden Training - Rwanda

Trainer: Peter Jensen, Agroecology and Permagarden Training Specialist. Peter previously completed the Peace Corps Permagarden Training - Swaziland

What: Four-Day Permagarden Creation and Outreach Training

Where: Gisenyi, Rwanda

When: January 21-30, 2018, including preparation, follow-up, and evaluation

Who: Thirty Trainees from the Gisenyi area, including Hand in Hand for Development outreach workers and staff, and representatives of other Rwandan and Ugandan NGOs, The training is being arranged and hosted by Niyitegeka Patient, Coordinator at Hand in Hand. Patient also serves as Country Director for Friendly Water for the World, and previously coordinated our jointly sponsored Gisenyi Rainwater Catchment System & Ferro-Cement Tank Training Program - Rwanda with that organization.

Gisenyi Permagarden Training - Rwanda

Terra Firma Permagardens are family-oriented, nutrition-focused, climate-smart, organic gardens. They serve as the missing link between seasonal agricultural production and the daily, nutrient-dense, food consumption needs of marginalized rural, urban and peri-urban families.

In order to achieve daily nutrition security of mother, child and extended family, agricultural techniques must be ‘climate smart’. This concept forms the key pillars of any Permagarden Training: Adaptation, Mitigation and Intensification.

These goals have a number of critical action steps which are small and doable following the Rule of CLOSE so as to achieve attitude and eventual behavior change amongst those directly trained and those who shall be trained within the community outreach program that will follow the training via the trainees and their respective organizations. These actions form the basis of the Terra Firma Method: Assess, Capture, Protect, Produce, Manage.

All ‘Terra Firma’ actions are close to the home, locally sourced, organic, small and easy so as to achieve a “53 week” harvest cycle by even the most marginalized individuals. This is achieved through the rational, step by step, water management strategy whereby the subsoil becomes the cistern. The Six Steps of Successful Water Management form a further key theme throughout this practical training: Stop, Slow, Sink, Spread, Save and Shade. With these steps practiced, observed and maintained, the severity of both climate and climate change is mitigated for long-term landscape and nutritional resilience.

A special addition to the training will be Gerald Nkusi, ALCDI Uganda, as training assistant and co-facilitator.

Gisenyi Permagarden Training - Rwanda

ALCDI is a nonprofit agroecology and community development organization based in Kisoro, Uganda within an hour of Gisenyi, Rwanda. The Executive Director, Gerald Nkusi, has been trained in the Terra Firma Permagarden Method and has begun to provide outreach training across the Kisoro, Uganda area through his organization. Gerald will provide invaluable local knowledge, skill, monitoring and evaluation assistance to Hand to Hand for Development during the training as well as over the many months to follow.

Water Charity is providing the funding for this large-scale endeavor with the knowledge that the trainees will go home and in turn teach the technology to the other members of the NGOs that they represent, as well as to the villagers in their own communities.

Trainees will keep records and report back the multi-generational impact that the training has as the cycle of “trainee becomes trainer” is replicated.

Although this project has been fully funded by an anonymous donor, your contribution using the button below will be used for our next permaculture training project in Africa.

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