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Kesho Leo- FoodWaterShelter inc
Kesho Leo- FoodWaterShelter inc
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Arusha, TZ
Climate zone:
Wet/Dry Tropical

Andrew Cronin Andrew Paul Chiel van der Voort Franko Göhse Jacob Isenberg Jocelynn Rodrigues Marko Alavanja Robert Cork Sarah Hangartner
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Kesho Leo- FoodWaterShelter inc

Project Type

Rural, Residential, Commercial, Community, Demonstration

Project Summary

FoodWaterShelter is an Australian non-government organization that builds and manages eco-friendly children's villages with education, social and health facilities for vulnerable women and children in developing countries.

Project Description

Just outside of Arusha, Tanzania, is ‘Kesho Leo’– a sustainable home for vulnerable women and children operated by FoodWaterShelter. The principles of permaculture underpin the daily lives of the Kesho Leo residents. It is currently the home of seven families, each headed by a Tanzanian mama who cares for up to five children, including orphans. In addition to the daily essentials, Kesho Leo provides the many other aspects that a ‘home’ needs; access to family and social support, access to education and health, and very importantly – access to community.

Revolving around the community and education aspects of Kesho Leo are the permaculture systems that strive to provide all of the food, water and energy needs of the residents. Basic needs of water, sanitation and power are provided through rainwater harvesting, innovative batch compost toilet systems, and solar power. 

In developing Kesho Leo, FoodWaterShelter has worked to select locally appropriate techniques and solutions that are already available in the local area, and then fit them into an integrated system. However, FoodWaterShelter also uses Kesho Leo as a demonstration and experimental site for some less mainstream, but no less appropriate solutions.


We recently held our first PDC in June 2012, which was a huge milestone for us.  One of the main goals of the permaculture sector of FWS is to spread the knowledge of Permaculture to the local Sinone community and beyond.  We were able to do this successfully with the PDC and hope to now hold one annual at Kesho Leo, we`ll keep you posted!


To view our current volunteer opportunities please visit our website.


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