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September was another busy month for Kusamala. We conducted a PDC training for 7 participants from Malawi, United Kingdom and Zimbabwe. We received one Accounting for International Development (AFID) volunteer who came to support our Accountant. Life World Malawi came for a tour with 77 farmers. The co-founder of permaculture Bill Mollison passed away at the age of 88.

PDC training

Kusamala conducted a two week Permaculture Design Course (PDC) from 12 to 24 September 2016. Seven people graduated from this year's PDC. The training which was facilitated by our international accredited Instructors Kristof Nordin and Luwayo Biswick, brought together nationals from United Kingdom, Zimbabwe and Malawi. Photos are available here. Our next PDC training will be conducted in May 2017.

Father of Permaculture dies

Educator, author and co-founder of the global permaculture movement Bill Mollison died on 24 September 2016 in Hobart at the age of 88. Mr Mollison’s death was announced on the Permaculture Research Institute  website which he founded together with David Holmgren. Mollison developed a system of permaculture as an integrated and sustainable form of agriculture designed to create a symbiotic relationship between man and the world which they spelled out in their 1977 book called Permaculture One. The system adopts environmentally friendly techniques including forgoing the use of chemicals, thoughtful garden design, mimicking natural ecosystems and incorporates recycling and the use of waste.

Bill wanted everyone to plant a tree when he passed. Our Board Chair Stacia Nordin joined the world by planting a
Khaya anthotheca (m'bawa) tree for the memory of Bill #plantedforBill. Everyone who wishes to plant a tree for his memory should take a picture and upload on a Facebook page which has been created. Permaculture community has lost an icon, Rest in Peace Bill.

Claire at Kusamala

At the beginning of the month, we were joined by Claire Thomson. Claire came in as a volunteer from an organization called Accounting for International Development (AFID) from Ireland. During her stay, she worked closely with our Accountant Paul Maliwa on Finance, Administration and reporting systems. The two worked on a new accounting system, management accounts, reporting formats and audit preparations. We are so grateful for the valuable contributions that Claire has made to Kusamala.
Touring Kusamala
Kusamala was pleased to receive 77 farmers from Life World Malawi  from September 27- 29, 2016. Life World is a Korean NGO which works for community development projects based on Life-giving agriculture. It mainly focuses on "Farmer's Education" and "Day Care Centers". All of its projects augment each other and are centered on community development. Life World Malawi works closely with the rural grass roots.
Our Vision For all Malawian communities to have the ability and knowledge to creatively pursue their own path towards achieving food security and diversity, economic stability, and productive healthy environments.

Our Mission To demonstrate and advocate for low-input, income generating permaculture and agroecology systems; to extend these systems into local communities through education and outreach; and to research and evaluate their potential to improve Malawian livelihoods. To create a Malawian-run organization that is committed to improving organizational effectiveness through internal career development and specialized training that builds leaders in communities, policy, and government
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