is the catch phrase of our time, and for good reason. Sustainability
ensures that the needs of today's generation can be met, without
impacting on the ability of future generations to meet these same
fws's goal is to build a more sustainable future for people born into less fortunate circumstances.
So, our children's village designs strive to meet ‘best practice’ systems
for sustainability, and our construction and development projects will conciously work to:
1. Minimise our footprint
‘footprint’ of human activities is simply defined as the impact that we
have on our environment - socially, culturally, economically and
environmentally. fws will ensure that any of these impacts are minimised for the long-term benefit of the local people.
2. Use existing resources or by-products
that are considered common or readily available in developed countries
are often difficult to obtain in developing countries. Conversely, many
other potentially usable materials are readily available in developing
countries, yet are considered ‘waste’.
With a growing need for
environmental sustainability, societies must aim to remove the term
‘waste’ from our vocabulary, and alternatively refer to them as
‘by-products’ which can then be re-used.
Old tyres, building materials
and even human faeces can be beneficially utilised with the resulting
quantity of waste being greatly reduced or eliminated. fws
will strive to ensure that existing local resources and by-products
are used wherever possible, without the generation of excess waste.
3. Build the capacity of local communities
provision of ‘material’ aid and funding in developing countries is not
‘sustainable’ unless it is supported with education. Goodwill and
financial support alone will not achieve the long-term goals of
development unless the skills of local community members are increased
Capacity building and education, combined with local
ingenuity and passion, can provide the necessary skills required by many
people to better assist themselves. That's why all projects completed
incorporate simple yet innovative solutions, designs, and management
strategies to build the capacity of residents and local community
The aim is to develop ‘model’ projects with initiatives that
locals can learn from, adapt or modify to meet their specific needs. We
know that we have done our job right when we can return to an area in
five years' time and see that the sustainability concepts incorporated
children's village have spread throughout the surrounding community.
like the sound of our eco-logic?
Keen to see fws's environmental policy in action? Check out the permaculture systems in place at Kesho Leo, or learn about our eco-tecture.