P4R’s visual identity: unpacking the history, meaning, and participatory approach

By Marguerite Kahrl In 2018, Permaculture for Refugees (P4R) created a visual identity with the graphic interaction designer, Yuluck. I facilitated the participatory design process to reach a consensus for our visual identity and objective with Yuluck and the other P4R founding members. Navigating the logo development was a rich and complex process; we integrated … Read more

New refugee-led permaculture network launches in Nakivale, Uganda

By Sonny Bireke Edited by Jessica Perini My name is Sonny Bireke, a Congolese-born refugee, living in Uganda since 2017. I first learned about permaculture design solutions in 2021, and in 2022 I was introduced to a permaculture centre in Butambala (Permaculture Initiative Uganda) where I trained and was certified as a teacher. During my … Read more

Permaculture for kids by kids

By Nataliia Boyko My name is Nataliia Boyko. I am a Permaculture teacher and Montessori teacher from Ukraine.Because of the war I moved to the Netherlands and since March 2022 I’ve been working in Amsterdam in primary schools with Ukrainian refugee children. After a short while working with young Ukrainian refugees, I realized that these … Read more

Shegenerative movement: spreading hope to refugees and host communities from Kenya to Uganda

By Carolyn Olang Edited by Jessica Perini The Shegenerative movement in Kenya was born when human rights activist, Carolyn Olang, attended a PDC at the behest of her friend Helen Stokes. Carolyn noticed that few women were attending PDCs and she felt that “this gospel of permaculture needs to be preached to every woman”. In … Read more

Permaculture in Ukraine 

By Iryna Kazakova Permaculture in Ukraine has been working since 2011. During all these years we have made dozens of events. There are annual PDCs, an annual Permaculture Convergence, international conferences, seminars, tours, and workshops. Every year we have tried to involve our nearest neighbors in different kinds of activities. Together with Visegrad region countries, … Read more

The Blue Ribbon Global World Soil Day contest 2022

By Norani Abubakar The Blue Ribbon (TBR) Global, a peace education program, has been aligning its practices with Permaculture concepts after its founder, Norani Abu Bakar, attended and co-organized a Permaculture Design Course (PDC) in Kuala Lumpur together with Permaculture for Refugees and UCSI in 2019. The alumni then collaborated in running an Introduction to … Read more

The Global Garden: an example of the positive impact gardens can have on people’s sense of belonging

By Benedetta Martin Recently I caught up with Emma Lewellyn to hear about her exciting work with migrants and refugees within the Adelaide community in South Australia.Emma is a horticulturalist and natural therapies practitioner by trade and she has a background in design and education. Her practice is firmly planted in the ethics and principles … Read more

Permaculture training in West Africa

By Andrea Minchio and Pietro Venezia  In November 2018, we carried out an exploratory visit to Gambia with CIM Onlus, a cooperative we’re a part of that founded “CIM Gambia” in February 2018 together with an association of Gambians returning from Libya and the National Youth and Associates for Food Security. On this trip, we … Read more

Seeds of a Common Future: a regenerative process for promoting integration and income opportunities 

By Fotini Georgousi ‘Seeds of a Common Future’ is an urban Permaculture project designed to bring together refugees, development workers and locals into a shared learning experience that provides them with a thorough understanding of the value of heirloom seeds and their use in promoting food security and supporting the development of a new urban … Read more