P4R has the experience and know-how to work with refugee communities and support them in achieving their potential, through applying low-cost strategies and running related workshops.
Areas of expertise
Water management systems
‘the next wars will be fought over water’
Understanding water for total system management means we can harvest it, store it, redistribute it. We can reduce and remove pollution; transform wastewater into a resource that can be used and reused very productively, to feed, to cool and to grow. Water problems can be diverted into positive productive uses (reed beds for craft material, ‘sponges’ for non-food materials if water is too polluted, or food harvest when it is clean).
Food production and maximizing the benefits
Applied practically permaculture principles open up opportunities for intensive food production even in the most difficult circumstances: the limited space of existing camps and in poorly integrated communities.
It is a central element of our work to transform the existing situation of mass sufferance and social upheaval with permaculture by using it to facilitate improvements to existing refugee camps, to assimilation of refugees in host countries, and to create new opportunities for themselves and their home countries if they return.
Our broad collective experience is consultation with refugee camps, other NGOs working with refugees, and with government undertakings. The specific themes are treated superficially in the context of the Permaculture courses and workshops that provide an awareness of the potential in integrating camps as more livable centres that can also provide extremely practical basis for life beyond in host countries and home lands.
However, the need for expanding on those first introductions cannot be understated in order to have the skills, capacity and knowledge to step up to the level of being capable of implementing projects. By always incorporating clear instruction and active consultation with the people involved, we hope to ensure that the ability to adapt the knowledge and experience to situations beyond where the consultation or workshop takes place.