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Kibeti Ecovillage

Last updated: November 5, 2010 (5 years ago)

Listing created on: October 28, 2010

Kibeti Ecovillage

(Kibeti, District Of Columbia, United States)

Mission Statement:

Rural Development

Community Description:

Kibeti is the DR Congo’s first ecovillage. Comprised of 13 villages, over 20,000 operate the Kibeti ecovillage, which is located in the Bandundu Province in the remote countryside of the Congo.

Kibeti as a whole is made up of refugees and displaced people who fled the violence and disease that plague other areas of the Congo. Together, the people have formed the ecovillage with the help of the Jatukik Providence Foundation and the Earth Rights Institute. Both NGOs have sent trained volunteers to help the people improve their livelihood, even helping them to build a medical clinic in this remote area of the Congo.

Kibeti encourages a strong sense of community, ensuring that many of the beautiful cultural traditions from this area, are passed on from generation to generation.

We are hoping to expand the success of the Kibeti ecovillage throughout the Congo and Central Africa.

About

  • Type(s): Spiritual or Religious Community or Organization

Housing

  • Area: 741 acres
  • Land owned by: Another form of Non-profit
  • Additional Comments: Jatukik Providence Foundation

Membership

  • Adult Members: 20000
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: The Jatukik Providence Foundation is very open to visitors of the Kibeti Ecovillage. We love having visitors to bring their perspectives and help increase the livelihood of the ecovillage. If are you interested in traveling to Kibeti, please contact Thom Gallemore at the Jatukik Providence Foundation at 202-429-2067 or tgallemore@jatukikprovidence.org
  • Open to new Members: Yes

Government

  • Decision Making: By a board, council, group of elders, or leadership group
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes

Economics

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0

Sustainability Practices

  • Current food produced: From 50-75%

Lifestyle

  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (includes “all religions”)

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We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.
Bryan Bowan Architects California Cohousing International Communes Desk ICSA NICA Wolf Creek Lodge