Projects we have donated money to
In 2009 and 2010 Spirals of Abundance donated a total of £500 to the Himalayan Permaculture Centre. This has been used towards supporting a variety of activities, including:
-the building of bigger looms for more efficient weaving
- support for Sunrise Farm which is an active demonstration and training centre in Kathmandu;
- training in new rice growing techniques (SRI/System of rice Intensification) and support for an SRI village group in Surkhet;
- farmers' field trip for leader farmers from Humla to Surkhet
- email and internet capacity building training and hardware;
- hand-operated vegetable oil expellars
- acquisition of improved mullberry seedlings
- website development
We have also donated money to the Permaculture Association (Britain) to provide bursaries for teacher training courses, and to their carbon neutral fund. Money raised in 2011 will support people from less developed countries to attend the International Permaculture Convergence.
Thank you for buying from Spirals of abundance as it enables us to donate money to these worthwhile charities.
The Himalayan Permaculture Centre (HPC)
HPC is a grass roots Non-Government Organisation (NGO) at the forefront of developing technologies appropriate to some of the world's most fragile high altitude environments and the poorest communities in the Himalaya. In the high altitude Himalaya, living often means surviving, especially in the long winter months. Agricultural production is low and food scare. Collecting fresh water and fuel is difficult and takes most of the women and children's time. There is limited access to health and education. HPC's programmes in Nepal help make high altitude environments less hostile. They help improve food security, water supply and sanitation, education and training, the environment and energy consumption.
The solutions HPC develop are
- Cost effective
- Respect the environment
- Ensure full participation of all beneficiaries
HPC's approach is holistic, looking at the whole range of problems facing communities and bring solutions the help address these problems.
Permaculture Association (Britain)
The Permaculture Association supports people and projects through training, networking and research, using the ethics and principles of permaculture.
Through our growing networks, we share skills and design sustainable solutions for the communities in which we live.
Permaculture is about creating sustainable human habitats by following nature's patterns. It uses the diversity, stability and resilience of natural ecosystems to provide a framework and guidance for people to develop their own sustainable solutions to the problems facing their world, on a local, national or global scale. It is based on the philosophy of co-operation with nature and caring for the earth and its people.