it's all about community
Paul Odiwuor Ogola
My name is Paul Odiwuor Ogola. I am a teacher and designer at PermoAfrica Centre, a community permaculture project. My mission is to bring permaculture knowledge, technology, and values to my community of 2000 men, 2500 women, and 3000 children in Kawiya Village, Rangwe district in Homa Bay County, Kenya. We are an approved Community Base Organization (CBO) permaculture farming group registered with the government of Kenya.
When I was 36 years old, I trained as an artisan blacksmith. Later I trained in various formal and informal sectors of the agricultural farm tools industry and in organic crop production farming in Kenya.
In 2016, I received a scholarship to study for a Permaculture Design Certificate from Steve Jones, a permaculture design tutor from Wales, UK. I attended a course in Kamuli, Uganda, sponsored by the Sector 39 permaculture organization based in Wales, and graduated as a permaculture teacher and designer. My involvement in myriad outreach efforts and exchange programs through permaculture later translated into local capacities to create sustainable human environments at the community level. I am now passionately involved in care of the earth through the principles of honesty, clarity, good faith, integrity, and respect for people and nature. I engage in permaculture as a movement which has no central structure but rather a concrete sense of sharing work and focusing great ideas.
Now, I make it my mission to bring permaculture knowledge & technology to my community and farming group that I am helping to train so that we can feed our village and pass the skills on to the next generation.
I am proud to be a teacher in the Academy of Permaculture. The Academy consists of the permaculture students, teachers and partners who have become connected through S39's work in Wales and East Africa. The academy serves to build and facilitate active links between course participants from different courses in different locations. Peer to peer mentoring, sharing of best practice, supporting development of key trainers as well as developing a network of demonstration and training sites.