We initially went to Zanzibar to enjoy the great “Sauti za busara” music festival: “African music under African skies”. This music festival promotes peace, brotherhood and unity through music. Thanks to our great host, Nicco Brown, and the good vibes, we met Paula and Moritz, two young German volunteers currently working on a permaculture farm in Zanzibar. Of course, we were highly interested in knowing more about it! Paula and Moritz offered to welcome us on the farm and introduce us to the managers.
This article briefly presents what we acknowledged as we visited the Practical Permaculture Institute Zanzibar (PPIZ). More information about the PPIZ and related projects are available on the internet (links at the end of this article).
Omutukuvu is a community based organization registered by the government of Uganda and located in a very remote area, 65 km away from Jinja, where the Nile takes its source. Omutukuvu projects aim at promoting sustainable ways of life and work as an educational center for children and adult of the close communities who want to learn agriculture methods.
We aim to establish small green communities with eco-friendly housing, green energy (solar/wind), unlimited flow of fresh water and permaculture ecosystems intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient.
We spent seven days at Omutukuvu during which we helped redesigning their website, manage their social networks, dig the terraces for planting, and last but not least, build dry toilets and the preliminary foundations of a compost hacienda!
Laura & Mathieu