Help us build a food prep unit and a hand washing station for children.
The SLFND MODEL
Sierra Leone Foundation for New Democracy works in partnership with communities to build the foundation for citizens of all ages to deliberate and enact new, non-adversarial alternatives that nurture democratic relationships and decision making among and across individuals, families, institutions, and the environment.
Connecting people to the earth to heal and grow the future
The Sierra Leone Foundation for New Democracy is actively establishing the country’s first rural early childhood education program on its first rural permaculture farm. SLFND's Dovalema Early Childhood Center and Ta-Valema Permaculture Farm & Learning Lab will serve together as a laboratory for children (age two to five), adults, and elders to cultivate non-adversarial ways of interacting with each other, with institutions, and with the environment.
How we approach our work
At the heart of Sierra Leone Foundation for New Democracy, Care for the Earth, Care for People, and Fair Share defines what we do and why.
Our world is truly interconnected, and so our lives are dependable on each other, and on the ecology that sustains life.
Permaculture approach as a way of life, is a paradigm that produces no waste. Acting now to support our very existence on earth is an urgent purpose.
As Wangari Maathai would say,
" In the course of history, there come a time when humanity is called to shift to a new level of consciousness, to reach a higher moral ground. A time when we have to shed our fear and give hope to each other. The time is now."
Our approach is informed by these twelve permaculture principles. Through these principles, SLFND believes, we can solve food scarcity, produce better seeds, reuse energies, minimize waste, respond to innovative changes that supports a balanced ecosystem. This is our call, and the children are the foundation.
5th circle trip to sierra leone
December 27th, 2017 - January 10th 2018
Join us on a journey to Sierra Leone, to experience the power of a model of co-creating and designing Sierra Leone’s first village early childhood education center and our permaculture farm development.
You will have the opportunity to learn about the culture, and traditions of the communities we will visit. Your stay will be an experience that will be worth the time.
This trip will provide the opportunity for a life-changing visit to one of Africa's most visited country. Each trip brings a very unique fulfillment to participants. Paticipants contribute to their Air Ticket , and pays $1,500 per person (tax deductible), which includes 3 meals a day, lodging, in country transportation, and excursion fees.
On this trip, we will have an opportunity to witness the official celebration and opening of Sierra Leone's first village preschool (Dovalema Early Childhood Education Center), in Mondema Village in Eastern Sierra Leone. We will also visit some historic site in Sierra Leone, including Gola Rainforest National Park, Bunce Island, and the Freetown Peninsular.