Come hear the story of how an ecological initiative in a small village in the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe grew into a community model of sustainable living. Along the way they have become masters of conflict resolution. The project has been about health, conflict resolution, and social improvement—as well as food.
Julious Piti has more than 20 years experience in Permaculture, he is the co-founder of one of the most interesting Permaculture Projects in Zimbabwe (CELUCT in Chikukwa – Zimbabwe).
Mr Piti will speak about his Permaculture projects and how they have helped transform his local area. He will explain the “Three Circles of Knowledge”—how he works within the area where indigenous, spiritual and analytical knowledge overlap.
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Chikukwa is a community nestled high up in the Chimanimani mountains. Because of its location—right on the border with Mozambique, in the gap between two stretches of mountains—Chikukwa was a route for Zimbabwean guerrillas based in Mozambique during the liberation struggle, and Rhodesian soldiers used to come and burn down people’s houses. After Zimbabwe’s independence in 1980, the same paths were used by Mozambicans in their bitter civil war. Up until 1990, Chikukwans often slept in the bush to avoid attack by Renamo guerrillas. War—together with Chikukwa’s remote situation— limited development in this area.
With the support of the Chikukwa Ecological Land Trust (CELUCT), not only have they managed to stay food secure and peaceful during the last conflict ridden years in Zimbabwe, but they have also managed to retain strong and joyful community relations with plenty of heart-warming laughter, singing, dancing and celebration. At the heart of this lies a powerful commitment amongst community members to cooperate to create a strong and sustainable community through the use of permaculture, conflict resolution and the practice of mindfulness.
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Primary point of contact: Joanne Poyourow
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