SUSTAINABILITY: ONE OF MAA'S CORE VALUES
Sustainability means meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Our sustainable and environmentally ethical projects benefit the needy communities on a more long-term basis as opposed to a “quick-fix” project. When we plan out such projects, our aim is to leave each community better than when we found it and encourage the beneficiaries to become proactive members of society. Implementing sustainable projects allows MAA to improve the lives of each beneficiary, one by one, resulting in the betterment of whole communities.
An example of our sustainable initiatives is MAA’s collaboration with the Australian Permaculture Research Institute (APRI). We have joined forces to design, implement and deliver sustainable and ethical solutions to some of the world’s most deprived communities.
With global warming on the rise and the adverse effects of pollution, mass farming and over-exploitation of the earth’s natural resources becoming more and more evident, it is more imperative than ever to ensure that our practises don’t further accelerate the deterioration of our planet.
Curious to know about our on-going sustainable projects?
1. We are building a primariy school in Vanuatu on the volcanic island of Tanna. The school is unique in that it will be a SMART solution, fully sustainable and offered as a low cost yet durable educational project. The permaculture design will have the ability to assist aid work and help people for the long-term rather than just for the short-term.
2. MAA has a permaculture site in the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan for Syrian refugees. This is one of the driest places in the world with a severe shortage of water so growing fruits and vegetables is out of the question. We've succesfully worked around this issue and the restrictions to recyle grey water and grow organic produce for consumption within the camps.
3. MAA is currently in the process of developing a permaculture site in Fiji and Vanuatu to educate locals on the methods of utilising Permaculture to build a sustainable eco-system to combat food and water shortages currently being faced.
4. We are also currently funding a demonstration site in the Jordan Valley to educate students and highlight the methods used to grow organic produce in dry, desert areas.
If you'd like to know more and contribute to our sustainable projects, visit http://www.muslimaid.org.au/our-projects/sustainable-development
- Vinie Widiasari