The Retsogile Permaculture Education and Training Trust is a newly established Charitable Non-Profit Trust on a mission to spread awareness of self-sustainability and Permaculture in rural communities in South Africa.
The trust was founded by Ken Strang through a sizable donation of funds as well as 25 hectares of the farm ‘Travellers Rest’ in Haenerstburg, in the Limpopo Province of South Africa.
The Trust aims to:
- Raise funds through profitable Permaculture training programmes and through sponsorships for students to provide free education and training to local subsistence farmers to assist them in increasing yields and diversity in their own food production.
- To establish food gardens in rural schools to add value to the School Feeding Schemes (this will have the added benefit of exposing the students to the ethics of Permaculture and teaching the students to grow food), and
- To embark on community outreach programmes in the field of Early Childhood Development by assisting and training educators and care-givers.
The Trust was established by me with the intent of completing the circle of the three ethics of Permaculture: ‘Earth Care, People Care, and Fair Share’. The first two ethics I have practiced all my life and now I want to ‘Share the Surplus’ that I have accumulated in my life so that those less fortunate may have a ‘Fair Share’ and be equipped with the knowledge and skills to improve their lives with an abundance of food. It is my sincere belief that eliminating hunger is the first step to eliminating poverty.Ken Strang
The Trust operates the farm as a theoretical and practical learning centre and is a functional farm which aims for self-sufficiency. We are currently upgrading living quarters for volunteers and students. Long-term interns will be accommodated in the training centre.
Despite Mr Strang’s generosity, we need a boost to get the project off the ground. We are currently launching a crowd-funding campaign with IndieGoGo to raise the US$14000 needed to complete the accommodation and equip the training centre. We are setting a stretch goal of US$20,000 which, if raised, will go towards paying critical staff such as the manager/trainer, fundraiser/marketer and one support staff.