Groasis Sustainability, in partnership with The Paradigm Shift Project, will send a team of Permaculture Aid specialists to Cebu in the Philippines to assist with the reconstruction and restoration of food security. A team of 4 will leave on Tuesday the 26th for a month long recon of communities damaged by the super typhoon. The team, headed by Permaculture Aid veteran Steve Cran will select a site to set up a training camp for NGOs, government extension workers and community leaders to learn how to rebuild their communities with the resources they have on hand and attain permanent food security as soon as possible.
On the ground in the Philippines the team will design a series of permaculture aid models for communities and organizations to learn from and use. These include:
• Home gardens
• School seedling nurseries to replace damaged trees
• Earth bag water cisterns
• Earth bag compost toilets
• Animal banks to breed farm animals lost in the disaster
• Earth bag wind breaks for future resilience
• Aquaculture systems
• Sustainable livelihood small scale enterprises
Steve Cran’s team will also set up training for 14 day permaculture courses open for communities starting in February. Part of their project will also entail making training films in the local Tagalog language for distribution via the Internet.
Once the team has established a base camp they will begin blogging and filming their activities to give the public a birds eye view on what its like to work in these situations. You can follow their progress right here at www.greenwarriorpermaculture.org
A crowd-funding site is to be established to sponsor the various community based projects. To support the media trainings and documentation work by Rebecca Sweetman and The Paradigm Shift Project, donations can be made online at www.theparadigmshiftproject.org and allocated toward their Voicing Disaster Project (donations are tax-deductible in Canada and the US).
The super typhoon has had a massive impact on the infrastructure and economy of the communities it hit. It is envisaged the Permaculture Aid Yolanda teams will be supporting the reconstruction activities for the next 2 years.
If you would like to help in some way, contact Green Warrior here.