Successful CSR Projects

Edge5 believes in structure and generating value from CCSR (corporate and community social responsibility) investment and by delivering on the ground sustainable initiatives. Our overarching approach is to collaborate holistically with clients, stakeholders and members of the community.

Through combining modern sustainable development with traditional skills and local knowledge, practical SUSTAINABLE outcomes, are achieved which satisfy all stakeholders.

We work in collaboration with communities, non-profit organizations, resource companies, corporations and governmental bodies in line with G3.1 Guidelines to achieve the highest level of excellence.

Project: Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

In 2006, Australian lawyer John O’Reilly established Communities Assist in order to provide shelter, food and education to orphaned kids in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.

The original group of 68 children – aged from two months to 19 years – had been orphaned by AIDS or abandoned as a result of poverty. All 68 kids and some helpers were living in a cramped, dilapidated house with minimal running water, very little food, no showers and poor sanitary conditions. With no access to education, they faced an uncertain future.

John took immediate action to ensure the children had adequate shelter, care and education. He completed the building of a kitchen, plumbing, taps, sinks, showers and toilets, and rented and furnished an additional house in the nearest town so 30 children could be enrolled at the local school.

Communities Assist had built a small sustainable operation at Rainbow Ridge, incorporating homes, teaching facilities and landscaped areas farmed using permaculture design principles.

Put simply, with Permaculture, the natural ecological processes of plants, animals, water, weather with human needs are designed to work in tandem so that the outputs of one element become the inputs for others, avoiding waste and maximising resource use. Of course, designing a system that involves all elements which work in effective association to create a fully sustainable living environment involves significant expert knowledge and experience. This is what Greg Knibbs’ team at Edge 5 bring to this project. Greg Knibbs and Edge 5 now work on our Sustainability Development Sub-Committee teaching and mentoring our permaculture staff and the local community.

To date, we have achieved much of the above, building homes, an office, large kitchen/storage rooms, community dining/meeting hall and teaching rooms with solar energy for power and pumping water, compost loos, methane gas for cooking, water harvesting and a gravity-fed water supply, animal shelters and free-roaming animal pens.


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Project: Ghana, Africa

In early 2004 Australian permaculture teacher Greg Knibbs was invited by the Abbott of Kristo Buase Benedictine Monastery in Ghana to run two Permaculture design certificate courses (PDC) and to help to redesign the 300 acre farm.

Since 2004 we have set up 50 community tree nurseries and we are offering training, advice and networking with over 5000 thousand farmers.

We are also introducing permaculture to schools teaching about earth care, and we donate trees to schools and community organisations. In 2008 we gave away over 35000 trees to the United Nation Trees for Africa programme to this day we are still giving away thousands of trees and teaching people how to design food gardens and control the severe erosion around their homes.

We have a strong focus on forestry and replanting degraded lands. The last two trips Greg made to Ghana were to run a PDC and to support Paul and the growing network to continue the important ecological education and training he’s doing on behalf of the Ghana Permaculture Network. Greg’s organisation “Edge 5 Permaculture” which is based in Australia has been funding the program up to this point. We wish to continue and expand our small efforts, and to do this we need direct grass roots financial support.

Reference: Permaculture in Ghana

What our clients say about Edge 5 Permaculture

Without Mr. Greg Knibbs, we doubt if permaculture would ever be introduced to Bohol, Philippines. He single-handedly brought this concept to us through his untiring efforts and evangelistic zeal that are very much admirable. He taught the Permaculture Design Course made possible by a mutual acquaintance of Mr. Knibbs and Mr. Calos Echavez, the Executive Director of Bol-anon Foundation Inc. Mr. Echavez took upon himself to inform a core group of 27 enthusiasts to a two-day introduction course in Permaculture taught by Mr. Knibbs in the capital city of Tagbilaran, Bohol.

– Mequias J. Deliman, President, Permaculture Institute of the Philippines

Greg and Paul’s work in Ghana as Edge 5 and the Ghana Permaculture Network is infectiously inspiring. Spreading its intention of creating Health and sustainability for the planet and the communities it touches well into the edge of zone 5 from its centre in Ghana. We have just held a very successfully community activists skills workshop in Fremantle Western Australia inspired by their work.

– Brendan Morrow, Ghana Permaculture Network

Greg Knibbs’ Permaculture course was one of the modules used in the program to assist local communities in the vicinity of the Tampakan copper-gold project in the southern Philippines to increase the effectiveness of their livelihood projects. The course was well received, effective and added value. Greg’s teaching style and willingness to live and work with remote communities gained him great respect. I can recommend his course.

– Tony Robbins, President, SE Asia (formerly MD) Indophil Resources NL