Permaculture

Buturi School Academy’s children live in a remote, poverty-stricken area of Tanzania, leaving them unable to either access or sustain a regular diet. Often, from missing out on breakfast, they walk to and from school with empty bellies, in drought conditions, for several miles. This leaves them with little or no energy on arrival to concentrate upon their class.

Our overall objective is for Buturi’s school and community to have access to higher quality, home-grown produce in an organic and self-sustaining environment, ensuring future food security and nutrition. This will be sustained through running various workshops in agricultural training and gain an understanding of the issues around climate change. Please help us improve the permaculture of Buturi.

The children need to have a safe environment, clean drinking water and sanitation. We already have plans written-up for setting up a rain harvest system. The school building and an underground holding tank will be used to collect water for sanitation, hygiene, drinking water and irrigate the school-run garden. This will greatly improve their chances for survival and provide long lasting solutions for the water problems in the area. With the help of their mothers, It will also create opportunities for a secure and sustainable food source for the future.

A school-run garden will help Buturi’s children learn about how to source seed and select, plant and grow fruit and vegetables. Harvesting will then be an important, practical and enjoyable part of Buturi’s school curriculum. Fresh, easily accessible produce will significantly improve Buturi children’s ability to concentrate on the Buturi School Academy’s literacy and numeracy curriculum. It will also be a practical source of knowledge gained by the children introducing and harvesting seed.

A school-run garden will ensure a higher quality of fruit and vegetables, grown and maintained locally for the benefit of the whole of Buturi. Produce normally has to be brought from outside this remote, poverty-stricken village. By Buturi’s children ‘growing their own,’ there can be greater quality control of the final, picked crop.

We are in need of funds for a Rain Harvesting System. This will require the alternative energy offered by a solar panel to power it. Its installation will provide improved land management and irrigation for food provision. We plan to implement the well and water irrigation system, as set up in Buturi School Academy, Makongoro Village. We are targeting these four crucial areas to create a strong infrastructure for the safe sustainability of Buturi and the surrounding area. Our main aim is to help benefit a community blighted with AIDS and extreme poverty.