Recent Projects

Re-Alliance works with partner organisations to implement regenerative projects throughout the world. Our role is usually in research, project design and management, producing educational materials, evaluating and monitoring and disseminating information. See below for more information on our recent and current projects. 

Film Competition

March - December 2020

 

With just €5000 we seed-funded the production of 12 short films showcasing inspirational examples of regeneration from 8 different countries. These powerful stories of community-based approaches spread messages of hope around the world. 

Winners were awarded up to €3000 to grow their work further.  We facilitated mutual collaboration to build evidence, unlock funds and tell their Story. Pioneering work became visible and legitimate, enabling the growth of its influence and impact.

The competition ensured all our members with meaningful stories could take part by asking for films to be recorded on mobile phones and to last just 6 minutes. Films could be recorded in any language with English subtitles. Ten small grants of up to €500 were offered to help make the films, which went towards travel costs, purchase of lapel microphones, editing and subtitling in English. All films were uploaded onto our website and widely shared, tripling visits to our site in a short time as well as giving voice to small marginalised groups. The winning film-maker received €3000 to fund future regenerative
Work.

Produced at the height of worldwide lockdowns, the films told stories of resilience and adaptability and facilitated connections and the growth of inspirational ideas at a time when people could not meet but stories could still be shared. You can watch the winning film here and view others on our video and webinars page. 

Radio & non-digital communications promoting Food Growing in IDP & Refugee Camps

January 2021 - April 2022

This project pilots the use of radio and non-digital forms of communication to promote permaculture and food growing within refugee and IDP camps in the Philippines and Kenya.

 

Nutritious food, grown locally at minimal cost builds health and resilience and gardens offer additional well being benefits of green space and meaningful occupation. Re-Alliance has previously worked with partners in developing camp gardens and training residents to grow food in small spaces and we were keen to explore how ideas and practices could be amplified and spread beyond the people who came to training events. 

In Kenya, we’ve worked with our partners at Kajulu Hills Ecovillages, to design and trial a radio programme with inbuilt good growing messages. They have now broadcast eight episodes of a radio soap using local actors. The soap tells stories about the benefits of growing food with a permaculture approach and advertises a demonstration site in the camp that listeners can visit. Listeners are also invited to join an established indigenous seed sharing programme.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LISTEN TO THE RADIO SHOW HERE at https://youtu.be/ZS5p-cebPYE  (actors speak in Swahili)

 

With our partner Green Re-Leaf in the Philippines we have been working towards the creation of a game with emergency food growing information which can be shared with people in remote, disaster-prone locations.
 

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Gardens in refugee camps: Regenerative design & water harvesting at home, school & community gardens

January 2020 - December 2022

This capacity strengthening project includes the development of vegetable gardens in refugee camps in Northern Syria with partners SAE in Northern Turkey. 

Working in three refugee and IDP camp sites in A’zaz and Jarablus in Northwest Syria, this is a pilot project to test the viability of creating vegetable gardens to grow food irrigated in part by harvested rain water and grey water.


The project started with training events including five successful podcasts for our INGO sponsors  and the production of a grey water booklet by Soils Lebanon to supplement their food growing guide for training the camp residents to successfully build gardens and grow food.

Growing plots vary in size from home gardens to community gardens in A’zaz and a school garden in Jarablus. The aims include introducing regenerative strategies to improve food security,  mental health and community cohesion.


Working with a large INGO, Re-Alliance acts in an advisory capacity, with our subcontracted partners, Syrian Academic Expertise, providing research, training and mentoring support.


The gardens have now been established with food grown, harvested and eaten. Bi weekly mentoring visits have been undertaken by our partners while Re-Alliance is responsible for monitoring and evaluation.

 

Following the success of this pilot, a larger project is planned across the three sites. 
 

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