Afristar is a Permaculture Organisation based in South Africa, focused on the design and implementation of sustainable development programmes. Our aim is to inspire communities to work towards creating sustainable settlements that harmonise human activity to create natural wealth and great abundance for all.
Afristar Foundation utilises Permaculture design systems as the primary means of community based natural resource management.
Afristar Foundation nurtures partnerships to develop Eco Settlement projects or aspects thereof to meet South Africa’s Reconstruction and Development Agenda. This is achieved through innovative, earth and people based solutions that introduce sustainable livelihoods, appropriate technologies and new skills by addressing the key issues of urban and rural land use management, design and restitution. Our commitment is to Initiate and assist the process of establishing a vibrant, socially conscious, economically and environmentally sustainable culture.
Afristar Foundation Principal Projects:
1. Marginalised Community Action Plan (MCAP), a rural development strategy that designs water infrastructure, restores soil condition and seeks to unlock natural and social capital,
2. Permaculture Documentary, Educational Resources and Medicinal Gardens Booklet, providing resources looking at how we can use our natural resources to create abundance.
3. Naledi Village, Eastern Free State to create a permaculture school and broad scale model of sustainability.
4. Walter Sisulu Environmental Centre in Mamelodi, Gauteng Province, a R7 million project, providing environmental education to 10000 learners and educators annually.
5. Schools Environmental Education & Development (SEED), National Programme Strategy and Implementation.
6. Leshiba Community Development Trust, Indigenous Knowledge centre and Vhembe Centre for Sustainable Development.
Afristar Foundation Services:
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