Be the positive change is a catchphrase to describe Morag Gamble’s work ethic, her dedication and motivation.

As we become aware, every day, of the need for positive change locally and globally we can think earth care, people care and fair share. With Morag Gamble, we’re going there.

A Global Permaculture Ambassador for the past 25 years she has led programs with her team to 22 countries, teaching Permaculture gardening, expanding her vision, developing communities and lifestyle, and teaching how to build a Permaculture business. These courses and more are available online and have been taught at several international universities.

The far-reaching current initiative is through the work of the Ethos Foundation, a small charity focussing on women and girls who can bring Permaculture to their communities while furthering the work, become leaders themselves for positive change. Using Permaculture education principles, the Ethos Foundation takes these systems to communities around the world – to Indonesia, India and East Africa.

Vice President of Permaculture Noosa, Sandra Guy is keen to endorse support for the Ethos Foundation. Children whose lives have been shattered by war are given hope, practical tools to restore themselves and their communities, which in turn will support them growing trees, food, securing and saving water and regenerating landscapes.

The next level is to pass this knowledge to future generations, not only the technical soil and plant management, but the deep understanding and awareness of environment, its value and connections to its custodians.

Morag’s work has also been in industrial farming and with marginalised farm communities around the world. Her experience continues to broaden. She offers people renewed purpose.

If the Ethos Foundation is modest, it is also life changing.

With sponsorship from Permaculture Noosa, refugees, teachers, youth, women and farmers in Uganda, Kenya and other troubled communities will access Permaculture Design Education courses for sustainable, enriched, community-controlled futures.

Ingrid Scott

A thankyou email received recently.

Dear Sandra,

I want to thank you so very very much for organising such a wonderful fundraiser that has made a huge difference in the lives of many people in the camps of Kakuma and Kalobeyei Refugee Settlements in north western Kenya. Our friend and collaborator, Sakina Kiriba, is a graduate of the Permaculture Education Institute’s PDC and Permaculture Teacher Certificate. Together we work to offer free PDCs to vulnerable youth in the camps with the aim of them being able to create food security gardens for their families, and also create a small livelihood in the process.

The first picture is of Sumaili and Sakina – the PDC teachers. Sumaili was taught by Sakina and is the key Permayouth music maker

Together they were able to teach a PDC class for 20 youth (mainly girls) with the funds you gathered.

In the group you can see Sakina on the right, and Sumaili (glasses) on the left . We have been connecting her too with information too – helping her get a library started (for example permaculture magazines).

You can see in the picture below, this is one of the gardens the young people were able to get started got some quick-growing greens – like amaranth. They are experiencing major drought up there, so only the toughest things grow.

Permaculture Noosa Refugee Support Receipt