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We are Florence and Gabriel, Mfangano residents. We are on a mission to empower woman and youths 16 to 45 years through permaculture and environmental awareness, thanks to permaculture principles on Mfangano Island, through our program.
We believe in the power of the community and nature : our project is looking for volunteers that would like to be part of it. Our main focus at this time is on sustainable agriculture and empowering our community through sharing a sustainability skills. Our current projects are :
1. Empowering women
3. Empowering of children.
- Our permaculture farm :
We already have a food forest and would like to use it for demonstration , keyhole garden, banana circles and two fish ponds.
- On Education project :
We recently start a project with 4 schools of the Island. 3 objectives through this initiative :
1) Transforming Mfangano Island into a more sustainable.
2) Protecting Mfangano natural resources
3) Improving children’s on environment awareness
The project consists in setting up a different permaculture project in each school (a nursery, a food forest, a keyhole garden and a banana circle) in order to teach kids what permaculture is and show them that they can have access to diversified fresh food quite easily if they work and sharing with community about this.
Because dealing with plastic is also an issue on our island, we introduced Eco Bricks in the schools program. The first step is to make sure that all schools of the program make Eco Bricks, thanks to the plastic collected by the kids. The second step will include the constructions that we can create with these Eco Bricks, in order to build low cost furnitures, useful for the community.
- Women empowerment :
We started training 10 women in Mfangano Island. We divide them into 3 teams. The first four will be helping in permaculture in our four schools.The second four will be helping making cloths. school uniform. The remaining two will be working on water harvesting,
From September to December, we are training them and from next year January we start working with them. According to our plan on permaculture gallery, they will help us to work on the project schools for sustainability. The goal of this project is that children in the schools learn about permaculture and environment through this 10 women.
- Building project :
We are also working on building a house : a place where our kids will stay while the women are st working next year and can host permaculture training and seminars. Because we target to empower women we would like to make this place safe for the young kids baby-sitting while their mothers are doing training.
By volunteering to our program you are creating a change that starts with you and expands around the world.
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Helping with Tourists
Help with Computers / internet
While on exchange, volunteers can benefit from a multitude of unique life experiences. You can also have a tour exposer around Mfangano Island at your own expense. To put it simply, the exchange is eternally awesome! Here are our top five reasons why going on exchange with us is a worthwhile life experience:
1) Experience a new culture and learn a new language
2) Being part of a sustainable project to save Mfangano Island natural resources
3) Make friends from all around the world
4) Get a ‘second family’
5) Personal development
We are always looking for volunteers who can help us with permaculture. We have a big property and there is always agricultural work to be done.
For now :
- helping us grow our food forest, making/setting up our keyhole garden, banana circle and fish ponds.
- be part of the schools project with helping setting and following up the nursery, the food forest, the keyhole garden, the banana circle and the Eco Bricks making.
At present we have a building that we wish to turn into an education centre, but it needs to be completed. Rebuilding certain walls, putting in windows and putting a roof on the building. We are also looking to build fish ponds after that.
So if you are able to assist us in construction and if getting your hands dirty is for you, come and join our project !
English and Shwahili
Volunteers stay in our home in a separate and cosy volunteer house (for 2 persons – 2 single beds) with a private compost toilet and a shower place for their convenience (bucket shower). You also have the possibility to shower directly in the lake if you want to. We also have nore opportunities to stay with our 10 women in their home. We can accept more than 10 volunteers!
We do have volunteer food exchange. This exchange allows us also feel the test of their food. We cook our best tradition food on Thursday us asuprice to our volunteer
Mfangano Island is a nature-lovers paradise with plenty of birdlife, hikes and peaks with stunning panoramic views. We are on the south side of the island but there is much to see and experience on the other parts of the island as well as the other nearby islands on your days off.
We either walk or take motorcycles around (no cars on the island !) and there are motor boats to transport people to different points on the island. It is possible to walk the whole ring road around the island in one day too (if you start very early in the morning !).
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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