-3 Year Plan
-Community Development Programs (orphan feeding and school support program, permaculture initiatives, sanitation program, reforestation, voluntourism)
-Donor Initiatives (orphans ponsorship, local scholarship fund, other ways to support badilisha)
Wish List / 3 Year Plan:
After a thorough and considerate planning process, Badilisha has recently designed a highly detailed 3 year plan! In this plan, some elements will be improved upon or expanded and others will be added anew.
Elements that will be further developed include: nursery for tree seedlings and food crops, office resource centre and seed bank (including: library, solar panels, office rooms, and computers), tool storage hut, banana circles for grey water use (from showers, kitchen, etc), kitchen, shade and eating area, education hall, chicken, rabbit and quail houses, compost heap, indigenous forest with bee hives, guest area (including: guest huts, showers, kitchen, fire pit, campsite), medicinal herb garden, meditation tree and circle, food forest, swales and mandala garden.
New elements include: road side shop, vermiculture compost, fish pond, alley cropping system where various trees and vegetables will be grown, promotional garden display of indigenous food crops with a seed garden, and compost toilets.
Our center with the Permaculture books journals and resources is quite useful to the Permaculture enthusiasts and there are also other books on other topics and even children’s books are also available .We still welcome donations of any books and even computers for the resource .As our future plan is also to include Internet to enable users to do research on permaculture and related topics online.
Community Programs (pending on funding)
Badilisha has been organized to make a valuable contribution to the social, economic, emotional, mental, spiritual and physical health of Rusinga Island, Kenya. The programs contribute both to Earth care and People care.
Orphan Feeding and School Support Program: The kitchen at Badilisha uses efficient stoves to provide food for nearby schools to help give nourishment to orphans and other needy children. Donor funding contributes to both school feeding initiative, as well as to help provide school fees and medical care fees to students. Badilisha also helps provide funding for students who struggle with school fees (in high school and college), by connecting students in need with international donors. Education is paramount to the future success of Rusinga Island, and Badilisha does its best to provide for those who need assistance, in a holistic and respectful manner.
Permaculture Training, Workshops and Demonstrations:
For local farmers and international visitors, Badilisha is a hub or a model of successful Permaculture design. Including a resource centre, library, ICT program and hall for events, Badilisha seeks to spread its knowledge and enthusiasm for permaculture to all.
Badilisha is working on the implementation of the Permaculture design for our demonstration center .We have a three year Permaculture design to work on and so far we have a mandala garden, food forest, chicken houses, resource center, compost, education hall, campsite and other elements already established. We also engage children in food production by helping local schools to initiate sustainable food gardens within the school compounds.
We have run farmers’ workshops demonstrating how to make compost and how to build and use energy saving stoves.
Small animals play an important part in permaculture: At Badilisha the rabbits provide manure for the maintenance of soil fertility, and when they have young will contribute to the project’s income. Other animals include ducks and chickens which will produce eggs for sale and also provide manure.
Sanitation Project: Implementing latrines, showers, water treatment points, and water recycling systems on nearby beaches (for the many fishermen and locals) to promote healthy human and aquatic life.
Reforestation Project: Rusinga has been deforested over the past 2 generations. This project seeks to reforest the hills to decrease soil erosion, provide a sustainable source of fire wood for local community members and bring diversity back to Rusinga to promote healthy and integrated ecological systems and human communities.
VolunTourism: Program for international travelers and volunteers run by the local community. Proceeds support the local community. Visitors stay with host families or on-site and volunteer for a variety of community initiatives, while participating in tours of the local area.
We have hosted many volunteers and friends of Badilisha in our communities. Visitors stay with host families, enjoy the local foods and immerse themselves in our culture. The volunteers have helped with our normal work at Badilisha, painting, working with orphans, planting, weeding, harvesting and also working with other groups in the community. They also get time to travel and see our rich flora and fauna. Badilisha also organizes group discussions on topical issues so that volunteers and local people can exchange ideas and interact.