Plant nursery enterprise, Bidi Bidi

£380 of £1,000 goal

Raised by 9 people in 8 months
Bidi Bidi is the largest refugee settlement in the world today, where over 1 million displaced South Sudanese people have been offered the opportunity to settle in Northern Uganda.

As part of a joint initiative between Ugandan and international partners Sector39 have been invited to work with the Bidi Bidi community to trial permaculture training and to establish a network of training and demonstration sites there. More importantly we are also working to create a first generation of locally based permaculture teachers and practitioners who can facilitate the transition for all from refugees to settlers, living in resilient strong communities.

This GoFundMe project is specifically towards developing a nursery for plants that help regenerate degraded landscapes and this needs tending, watering and expanding to meet local needs.

Hi I'm Steve Jones, director of Sector39, a permaculture training organization based in Wales. We are working with Ugandan partners via a Norwegian agency to train new settlers to Uganda with permaculture design skills. 

The nursery we are seeking to raise funds for will really help the whole project develop, by generating plants that can restore degraded landscapes and creating enterprise opportunities for the refugees.

The aim is support new arrivals to Uganda to develop small service enterprises that will enable other refugees to settle in successfully and work the landscape in an ecologically creative way. Permaculture aims to build community, meet local needs and restore and enhance the natural world.

Pioneer trees, nitrogen fixers, timber and firewood trees for biomass, shade trees for gardens, fodder trees for livestock, fruit trees and more..

It costs about £2.00 a day currently for watering the the start up nursery and also work is being done voluntarily. Money raised by this fundraiser will enable our first nursery site at Nyumanzi VST center to develop and be able to offer plants and other resources to start-up enterprises from the refugee and host country communities in the area.

All of our Ugandan partners have gained their permaculture qualifications via Sector39 training , much of which has been supported by GoFundMe donors. We are really grateful for this support and this initiative is a direct product of that

We are training trainers, to train new trainers in permaculture and we want to be able to make sure the tools and plants needed are available to accelerate this process.
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Mulch, keep that soil covered. Soil simply hasn't developed in bright sunlight, but under a decomposing layer of organic matter. This mulch layer reduces evaporation, increases rainwater infiltration and returns carbon to the soil. Simple but effective and 100% local and natural resources. #permaculture
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Volunteers! These kids were fascinated watching the team construct a mandala garden and came to see what was it all about. This is work at Nyumanzi Vocational Skills Training center.. where Sector39 are developing permacuture demonstration and training gardens to help S Sudanese refugees develop sustainable enterprises locally
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Thanks for your help so far.. this is has been enough already to start things moving in Nyumanazi.

We have hired oxen to plough and shape the ground to catch the short rains that are falling now.

We will soon be mulching the bare ground and establishing a food forest where once was nothing. This is super important as it is skills training centre for adults.. they teach basic carpentry, hair dressing and mechanics.. we want to add the life skills of compost making, soil building and food production using passive rain water harvesting and other simple and effective techniques.
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We are working in field with refugees who are permaculture pioneers. Here is some of the work we are currently doing in partnership with trainees. This campaign is to generate resources and work opportunities for the best of the participants.
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Raised by 9 people in 8 months
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