Care for the Earth and Care for the People.
In response to the damage caused in Barbaza by the super typhoon Yolanda in November 2013, the Green Warrior Permaculture team is devising a strategic plan to assist in the reconstruction of communities in the Barbaza Municipality to boost local food security, sustainable livelihoods and build resilience in the face of future disasters.
The community will receive hands-on training in specific aspects of sustainable development best practices. The programs will create the working models of resilience and self-sufficiency they themselves can reproduce in every home and community. These include:
• Home food garden construction and maintenance
• School demonstration gardens and environmental education programs
• School tree seedling nurseries
• Organic farmer field schools
• Community Livelihoods enterprises
• Reforestation and community plantation projects
• Eco Education Tourism Projects
• Resilient housing and infrastructure design
• A permanent training centre to support the entire project over the next 2 years and beyond.
In light of disasters increasing in frequency and severity, there is an urgent need to train people from across the Philippines, Asia and the rest of the world is disaster resilience and effective management. Part of the PREP project will include introducing permaculture aid internships into the field so we can train permaculture aid specialists on the job. With the earth changing rapidly and more calamities expected, we are aiming to increase the number of trained specialists to cope with future disasters using permaculture aid strategies.
The days of old school NGOs in the field are numbered, as money is wasted on needless administration and costly management systems that are slow to react to changes on the ground.
Permaculture Aid teams can operate with minimal admin support and money can be channelled directly from the donor to the field. To secure sustainable funding, the teams can have an admin hub, which takes a 10% fee from all money collected to be self-sustaining. The admin hub then pays the teams per result in the field. Each team must provide film and video evidence of its completed work. A set rate will be nominated, so the teams are paid a fair share to work in the field.
Webcams, photos, blogs and film from the field keep the donor in close contact with the real situation on the ground. Teams that do not perform will lose the interest of their donors, as will those who mismanage their projects. The best projects get the most financial support over time. This will set a new paradigm of rewarding demonstrated success in the field.
The Green Warrior Permaculture Aid team are currently in the field on the island of Panay preparing several aid projects. People will be invited to assist by either donation or coming to the field in the near future. You can continue to follow our progress at permacultureaid.tumblr.com. More details on specific ways to help will be posted here soon.