Permacultourism founder Brandon Bodhi Denton of Austin, Texas, has a mission for not only the local people of Nepal, but for the travelers looking to contribute their energy to rebuild Nepal after the recent devastating earthquake. Dependency on aid will not threaten the rural peoples of a nation if permaculture systems are responsibly implemented, and that’s exactly what the Permacultourism Initiative intends to do. With sustainable tourism in mind, Nepal will be able to continue offering its beautiful sights as a playground for tourists in need of a breathe of fresh air (both literally and figuratively), in addition to allowing them to take part in the mission to rebuild Nepal.
“We cannot change what has occurred, but we do have the choice of how to respond. We can always turn problems into opportunities if we use our creativity,” says Brandon Bodhi Denton. From Nepal Resilience’s GoFundMe page, a good point is brought up: the larger the organization, the more funds to trickle down. Grassroots efforts are a lot more specific and efficient.
“There are many great organizations taking donations to help Nepal. Our project is very specific regarding where and how we will help. Many larger organization have overhead expenses, such as paying directors, board members, etc. In contrast, all funds donated to this project will go directly to costs of building homes.”
The groups are looking to build five “earthbag domes” for displaced families to provide long-term shelter, both temporary and permanent. Every $5,000 raised will pay for a 10-foot diameter dome to be constructed and legitimate wages for a local workforce will be provided. Local residents will not only be paid to help construct these domes, but to learn the process and pass the skills on to their communities, in turn creating a healthier and more connected environment for the future.
“Because the quake hit right at the beginning of planting season, the sowing of annual seeds was greatly delayed. This delay has already begun to cause food shortages. Paying the local villagers to rebuild their homes will help families provide for their food needs in what could be a very difficult winter.“