›An Update on Ongoing Projects
We continue to work on providing food security, developing a seed saving network, maintaining our first sustainable children's home, and promoting and demonstrating the concepts of permaculture in Nepal.
The Kamala Foundation continues to provide food to over 140 children through partnership with Prisoners Assistance Nepal. Food is being grown and purchased in order to help feed children in four different children's homes throughout the country. Rice, lentils, potatoes, flour, meat, eggs, fruit, vegetables, oil, salt, sugar, and tea are the main foodstuffs supplied. Food grown includes: rice, lentils, beans, peas, chayote, mustard, sesame, fruits, and vegetables, and all of these items are grown organically and sustainably at our farm.
The Sustainable Children's Home
The Kamala Foundation and Prisoners Assistance Nepal established Nepal's (and perhaps the world's) first sustainable children's home. The project, which includes a farm, nursery, buildings, and a tractor, is home to 12 children whose parents are in prison. The project is designed along permaculture principles and gives the children a healthy and safe environment to grow up in while their parents serve their sentences. Children benefit from growing up in this village environment and the project is almost completely self-sustainable - meaning it does not need continual inputs from outside. The home continues to grow its own food and generates its own income.
Seed Saving Network
The Kamala Foundation operates seed saving programs in three villages with over 100 varieties of organic and open pollinated fruit, vegetable, legume and grain seeds. The program helps farmers improve the quality of their own seeds as well as keeps their expenses down and provides them with an income source. A farmer that keeps their own seeds is more sustainable than one who must purchase new seeds every year.
Almost Heaven Permaculture Resource Centre
Almost Heaven Farm continues to be a resource and demonstration centre for local farmers, providing them with the training and resources required in order to be more sustainable.
- Income generation and livelihood
- Environmental conservation and regeneration
- Health and well-being
- Demonstration and biological resources