PERMEACULTURE - TRANSFORMING AGRICULTURE
Aligned with several SDGs, and concerned about the environment and the different factors that lead to a deterioration of natural resources, deforestation, low environmental quality, etc ... we have taken initiatives and carried out projects that fight against this problem, how to build with ecological bricks, invest in new wells, support renewable energy installations and support actions that lead to a more sustainable and ecological agriculture.
One example is: Alliance with MAWA, Malawi NGO for a permeaculture project. For more information click here
In Malawi there is a majority of the population that cultivates smallholdings that occupy most of the cultivable area (4.5 million hectares) with maize and other types of grain in not very rich soils and of low production. For many it is their only work and livelihood. The food of the whole family depends on the annual harvest.
This is a form of agriculture aligned with the environment that uses available natural resources to have a sustainable and economic production.
Through this system, the farmer manages to have fresh food throughout the year, not depending exclusively on the corn harvest and developing crops around the house where they live.
Mawa organizes training sessions for groups of farmers in the field, in permaculture (training, supervision and monitoring) and gives them a pack of tools, seeds and animals that allow them to improve their standard of living, health and economic independence.
We know that the road ahead is very long but every action counts
WELL CONSTRUCTION IN MALAWI
Drilling wells in rural Malawi is perhaps one of the projects that best defines the objectives of our association: to contribute to the development of rural communities by providing infrastructures that improve health, nutrition and the improvement of the educational quality of the Poorest children in Malawi.
We are proud to have built 35 wells in the Dowa and Benga areas, of which 5 have been this year.
Despite the difficulties, thanks to funding from HAAN and its mediation with HOOF and DONNER REUSCHEL, 5 villages now have a better quality of life in many respects.
The construction of wells prevents the population from collecting water for their daily intake in exposed places (rivers, streams, lakes or ponds), which are a source of disease. Poor water quality has a direct impact on the health of the population and its nutritional status. It contributes to poor growth in children and creates significant problems for pregnant women. The possibility that they drink water from a safe source has an immediate effect on the health and nutritional status of the population, and increases their productivity and quality of life.
Tuum and Barsaloi are two small villages in the Samburu desert. They are located about 500 kilometers from Nairobi. These arid and inaccessible places are the habitat of the Samburu and Turkana tribes.
Both the lack of rains and the fact that grazing is the main activity of these tribes, make the care of the flock the main objective of these families, a task that falls on the children who are considered the smartest.
Construtions with Eco bricks
Since the 2019 annual trip, Active Africa made the decision to carry out the works with so-called ecological bricks. They are compact bricks that are obtained from the mixture of sand and cement.
Unlike those that are produced in a traditional way throughout the country, they do not need cooking, they are not dried with wood ovens, which means that their use reduces the felling of trees and improves the environment.
It is difficult to think that the entire population can change their traditional way of building, but it is true that, to our small extent, we can limit the number of bricks made in the old way and reduce the use of firewood.
We know that the Government of Malawi has also imposed the rule that public constructions are made with this new material.
Our builder, Moses Kasamba, has a machine that manufactures them using high pressure and with a finish similar to the traditional one.
Of course, there will continue to be an obligation on the part of local communities to contribute water, sand and labor as a collaboration to the project. And on the other hand, the design of the building will be the same as the one used so far but with this innovation, we hope to see benefits for the entire community.
We are currently implementing this system in several construction sites:
- New building with 3 classrooms in Kanyenje sponsored by MANGO
- Reconstruction of 2 blocks of classrooms in Mpangweni sponsored by the Mercedes Armengou Foundation and funds from the Association
- New building with 3 classrooms in Mtenje sponsored by the Mercedes Armengou Foundation
- Fence of the land of the next boarding of St.Mary's Rehabilitation Center in Chezi, Dowa, supported by MANGO and GANDARA