The East Africa Permaculture Project is located in Kithoka, Kenya.  Kithoka is a very temperate and fertile rural area made up of small shambas (tiny farms) about 30 minutes north of Meru Town near Mount Kenya.

The project will be developed on the Tiriji Eco-Centre which covers 4 acres of land.  The space is also connected to the Kithoka Amani Children’s home (KACH) which houses around sixty children.  The PermaCulture Project is being developed for two main purposes…

The first goal is to supply food for the Kithoka Amani Children’s Home. The project is designed to address the need for food and self-sufficiency and to increase the nutrition levels of the children through eating natural food from small local farms. This will help their marks in school, as studies have shown that student’s academic capabilities increase when the kids are  fed highly nutritious food.

Secondly, Tiriji will be developed as a Teaching Centre for Kenya and other Eastern African countries where people will come for monthly workshops to learn the best practices for permaculture, returning to their local communities with new skills for agricultural development.  These workshops will benefit the Children’s home financially in order for KACH to become more self-sufficient. Leaders from Tiriji will also work on site to set up permaculture projects with schools and communities across East Africa. New projects are already underway in Uganda.

Dr. Karambu Ringera is the on-the-ground leader and will be working with a world renowned permaculture expert Michael Nickels of Seven Ravens Institute on Salt Spring Island.  Nickels has thirty years of experience in permaculture, reforestation and an ongoing commitment to Kenya. He has decided to put his considerable energies and focus on this project with a launch in fall of 2018 to set the project up, train people, and continue to provide ongoing support through the man he trained, Josephat Barasa (called JB).  JB has already been on site to meet Dr. Karambu and evaluate the site for permaculture. Project leaders Josanne and Mark Holland will also be supervising the project six months of each year.

Funding will be allotted to: supplies and tools; labour for the Kenyan crew; travel costs for the Canadian crew of three experts; travel costs from Nairobi to Meru and Meru to Uganda; as well as accommodation and meals onsite in Kithoka and Uganda.