A thriving community whose members enjoy food security, good health, full access to education and a healthy natural environment, and which is endeavouring to develop sustainably.


To serve the people of Rusinga Island by:
promoting and demonstrating sustainable practices, in particular in food production and domestic issues, guided by the ethics and principles of permaculture;
responding to the urgent needs of vulnerable sections of the community, in particular in relation to health, nutrition and education;
participating in the regeneration of environmentally degraded areas of the island.

To operate a permaculture demonstration, education and resource centre, to include internet services and a library.
To run an orphans and vulnerable children feeding programme.
To offer outreach programmes within the local community, teaching and demonstrating sustainable farming and other practices.
To deliver assistance to impoverished and vulnerable sections of the community in response to immediate needs.
To offer people from other communities the opportunity to visit us as volunteers or as tourists.


Our vision is that all people in the world live together in a way that supports mother earth as well as respects each other’s (universal) needs.

Badilisha embodies the phrase “think global, act local.” It seeks to adapt and mitigate the challenges facing Rusinga Island, and promote the achievement of the Millenium Development Goals. Rusinga Island bares many burdens, which are driven or exacerbated by distal  issues such as climate change and  global inequalities.  Challenges include poverty and unemployment, HIV/AIDS, lack of education and illiteracy, drought, infectious disease (including malaria), undernutrition and malnutrition, deforestation and soil degradation, collapsing fisheries and domestic violence.  Badilisha has emerged as a response to these widespread challenges. It has developed a vast array of designs, facilities and programs using the ethics and practices of permaculture as its guide.  Such teachings include “start slow”, “work with nature”, “use of common sense and local and traditional knowledge”, “holistic  design”, “cooperation, not competition”, and “sustainability.” These, and other teachings of permaculture, are apparent in the structure of the farm and also in the community social action projects run through Badilisha. Badilisha is a locally driven initiative, which engages, inspires, teaches and benefits the Rusinga community. It also has international partnerships, and welcomes visitors, students and volunteers from abroad to learn from and contribute to the farm and community. Badilisha successfully hosted a Permaculture Development Course in March 2011 and aims to become an International Permaculture Center. 

Please browse to “Current Projects” section to view the 3 Year Plan for Badilisha’s permaculture design, followed by the community development initiatives that Badilisha entails. Together, these programs truly embody the ethics of Earth Care, People Care and Share of Surplus.



We at Badilisha
 welcome you to join us in Kenya to become part of our community.

It is our desire to network with local, national, regional and international organizations workingto improve Earth Care, Personal Spiritual Growth, NVC, School Support, Orphans and Vulnerable Children and HIV/Aids.

If you would like to organize workshops, seminars and conferences to educate, inform and bring together stakeholders interested in any of the above mentioned areas please contact us to schedule a time when you can visit us in Kenya.

Please contact Evans at evans@badilisha.org (tel:011 254 735 250282) for more information.

ACCOMMODATIONS & COST: Volunteers will live with host families and contribute to the host family in terms of food and other daily expenses in a cost sharing basis. Each volunteer will be assigned to stay with a host family. All other issues relating to cost will be handled between the volunteer and the foundation board. Prior to arrival the board will negotiate with the willing host families about the cost, terms and conditions as each volunteer’s stay is unique. Our hosting program is a way of supporting local families and creating an authentic Kenyan living experience during the volunteer’s stay.

TRAVEL: The Road to visit us begins by arriving in Nairobi; flying to Kisumu, travel by bus for 2 hours to the Ferry, which will take you to Rusinga Island followed by a short taxi ride to our Ecovillage.

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