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ecovillage education in Bafut

Better World is dedicated to the idea that young people  have what it takes to build and create the transformation necessary to strengthen autonomy and resilience in community. To this end we have hosted an annual youth camp for the past few years. See our Newsletters for examples.

Recently we became associated with the Golbal Ecovillage Network (GEN) and specifically GEN Africa. One of their main thrusts is “Community-based approaches can be an effective way towards implementation of sustainable development and climate change adaptation and mitigation in Africa.” Through the education and implementation of Permaculture principles these ideas can manifest from vision into action. GEN sponsors a training called Ecovillage Design Education  or EDE using the Permaculture principles to empower individuals in communities throughout the world to spread this message of sustainability, community living and responsible stewardship.

We have been chosen to host an African EDE 2016 here in Bafut. This is an amazing opportunity to engage and inspire local and international participants in the actual transition towards real change; in Bafut, in Cameroon and in the world.

This year in preparation for the upcoming EDE 2016, the BWC team is hard at work  at the Ndanifor Permaculture Ecovillage which will be the venue for this great event. This years EDE will be the first of its kind following the Mini EDE’s we’ve been delivering in the past years.

using machines for large scale work

In the beginning of January we had a large machine come in and create a number of terraces close by the meeting hall in preparation for the construction of the dormitory. This project, funded in part by Lush Canada, will be completed in time for the EDE. Your assistance financial or in person would be most appreciated to realize this undertaking.

Every Saturday our crew of volunteers and staff come to work at the site. We have rebuilt  a stove in the kitchen, a tool shed is being built near the building site and the farm crew has recently expanded the nursery.

pulling water

pulling water

New nursery bed

New nursery bed

 

 

 

 

 

Situated at the bottom of the property, it is in the shade near our well which provides water during the dry season. Numerous varieties of trees, shrubby perennials and annual vegetables will be started here. Community members contribute to the process, clearing land, hauling water, and providing us with lunch after a busy morning. There have been a number of community work days which have helped tremendously to establish and maintain the site.

Our volunteers also worked on the rebuilding of the second cabin, built last year as a sleeping space.

laying sill

laying sill

prepare cabin

prepare cabin

We are upgrading and transforming it into a secure and more permanent structure to provide temporary accomodation until we have permanent residents.

Community Work day

Community Work day

 

Come out and help make this happen!   Stay connected for more updates.


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Get Ready for EDE 2016! — 1 Comment

  1. EDE16 is about creating a unique African Bioregional Course by leveraging local expertise, traditional leadership and extensive networks of Cameroonian farmers and GENAfrica professionals.
    EDE16 will further strengthen our Permaculture the African Way Concept through regenerative development education & design, all centered around observing and aligning our work with the natural and patterns of Bafut and co-creating greater systemic health and well-being. Approaching our work in this manner, we are able to create solutions that work with nature forces and not against them.

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