The largest typhoon ever to reach land struck the Philippines on the 7th of November last year. Thousands of people died and tens of thousands lost their homes and livelihoods. The true cost of this mega-disaster will never be known because it was too big for the authorities to handle.
Steve Cran is a sustainable community development specialist or “Permaculture aid worker” who has been involved in various field projects for more than two decades. Some of his projects took him to war zones, post disaster zones, poverty stricken areas, and in many places on this troubled planet most of us would shy away from.
He has worked with Aborigines in the remote outback Australia, trained East Timorees, helped the disaster recovery and set up the Greenhand Field School in the earthquake and tsunami ravaged (and poverty stricken) Ache. Before he moved in to the Philippines post typhoon Yoland, he was working in East Africa, as well as in Southeast Asia. When the world heard about the devastation caused by Yolanda, Steve was one of the first to mount a concerted aid effort applying permaculture principles.
Here, with a kind permission from Steve, we would like to reprint his report.
He is now conducting training throughout Southeast Asia on Permaculture Aid Field Skills, as well as developing a Green Warrior Field School in the Philippines where he hopes to train people in permaculture aid.
Getting your hands in the soil and working in real live situations drives home the training to create the kind of people that can make a real impact in the field of aid”. He adds, “The aid industry is starving for good field technicians and we aim to fill that void.