P4R focuses on permaculture education, where we embed the teaching and learning into the refugee community, to be passed on to neighbouring communities, through training, peer learning, demonstration, and mentoring.

We are currently developing an online permaculture training with our partners in the Philippines; and training and mentoring new P4R trainers.

Our partners are supported on what can be done to reconnect those dispossessed or forced from their land and country, find themselves in a new place with the need to build connections there, to learn how to improve soil, grow food and develop livelihoods with few resources.

Permaculture courses when a place is occupied by the military provides people with resistance, helping build people and communities. Permaculture is a revolution disguised as gardening.

Rowe Morrow

We see the importance of the intersection of these three areas: refugees, permaculture and education, and the power it can have to help communities and individuals feel empowered and confident to improve and rebuild their lives.

Developing and teaching Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) courses in refugee communities requires a range of specific skills and learner-centred teaching, and in particular, knowledge of the whole project cycle with its different stages, and clarity about which are the teacher’s and which are the host’s responsibilities.

Permaculture for Refugees (P4R) has conducted five PDCs in various camp settlements and refugee communities around the world.

PDC in Lavrio, Greece, 2019

….. Permaculture education can heal the injured mindset of people who believe nothing can change Afghanistan.

Permaculture student who was applying permaculture design in Afghanistan (prior to the Taliban takeover in 2021) to transform schools into models for basic human security, including food, water and energy – even in areas of extreme poverty, violence and war.