UnaVillages are inviting places in rural areas where people are learning, working and living together for a sustainable, good and peaceful livelihood.
UnaVillages as locations of the UnaVersity offer exchange of experiences for a resilient future. In close connection with the surrounding community and the global solidary UnaVision community we are experimenting with and learning about alternative eco-social community models. UnaVillages are planned for 150 to 850 members. They are open for short- and long-term learners and scholars from the region and from around the globe. Buildings are renovated or newly built from natural and regional materials. Alternative energy, environmentally friendly water and hygiene systems will become a best practice example of regenerative, sustainable living. The region transforms into an eatable and permaculture region by using public and private spaces for planting trees, raising vegetables, herbs, fruits and crops for producing organic, regional food. The UnaVillage community is composed of like-minded people and organizations within the geographic region of the UnaVillage. It serves as a node and hub for this region. The community collaborates actively to implement an environment for better living and a preventive health system. UnaVillages work in conjunction and close cooperation with regional developments led by local civil society and supported by institutions such as NGOs, universities, associations and municipalities. One objective is to enrich the social, cultural and environmental development of the region. UnaVillages may become catalysts for new ideas, social and technological innovations, good and healthy livelihoods, meaningful work and social entrepreneurship.
UnaVillage Oderbruch started 2017 with the rental of a small agricultural field and greenhouse and the search of a building and some agricultural land. In July 2018 our non-profit cooperative ThinkCamp was able to acquire the "Herzershof", an estate with 2ha land and building in good condition.
Near the Gricha agricultural research cernter of the University of Arba Minch a site of 90ha is planned to be recultivated with agro-forestry in permaculture. Houses for 150 - 500 people shall be built from natural material. A design challenge was held at the University of Arba Minch in March 2018 and 4 teams participated in the competition. Two from Addis Ababa and two from Arba Minch. 12 organizations including 2 universities support this project.