Phillip Munyasia | Kenya
Philip Odhiambo Munyasia, the founder of OTEPIC, grew up in Mitume as the youngest of 8 brothers and had the rare opportunity to visit a high school. Afterwards, he started to teach people in his neighborhood how to grow their own food and improve their situation. Eager to learn more, he was given the opportunity to do an internship in the Permaculture farm. “Ecology Action” in California. Later he took part in the Global Campus training program in Tamera, Portugal where he became familiar with Holzer´s permaculture. To the surprise of his friends and clients, he has returned to his poor neighborhood after every visit abroad, and has not spent the money he raised for private purposes. Instead, he has developed a deep wish to change the situation of his people and has acquired ideas for how to do it.
In 2008, he founded OTEPIC and created a team which has been teaching people, initiatives, groups and communities to use Permaculture as an alternative way to gain food security and to conserve nature and biodiversity.
At the moment we have three demonstration centres
on our bigger centre we are in process of creating a peace Permaculture School for Kenya and Eastern Africa. The school will be a model for social and ecological sustainability, a
place to reinstall the African dream of nature, hospitality and
abundance, a training site to explore and share the knowledge of
regional autonomy in water, food and energy supply, an ecovillage. More info from the www.otepic.org