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Holistic Leadership Development Campus

Umdoni Leadership Campus

Fighting to strengthen Families.

Our beloved Eswatini is in crisis! Already dubbed the “The fatherless nation”, the fight is on for the soul of a country. Like the rest of the world, the health of families determines the way we love, serve, behave, and build communities. The foundations of who we are as a person is formed in the developing years by family. The need to take the fight to impact Eswatini to the next level is crucial.

Strengthening families and equipping leaders of communities through practical trainings, innovation and appropriate technologies is the next step for holistic transformation. Take our hand in pioneering the fight for many nations that will be impacted by Umdoni.

Leadership development without limits

The unique environment we’re pioneering at Umdoni encourages rapid self-development, critical thinking, resiliency, acceptance of others, family and community enrichment, and a low-waste mindest for business and daily living. We’re working to create holistic leaders that take these concepts back into the community and beyond Eswatini’s borders.

Maker Space
Skills Training

Maker Space

The maker space is the fabrication and construction skillset development center for the farm. Crucial building materials and assets (furniture, metal works, textiles) are created on-site instead of being imported. Students gain confidence and training in multiple disciplines reinforcing creative thinking and problem solving.
Trial by fire

Year 1 Dorms

The basic Year 1 dorm environment pluges students into a rapid live-in education covering advanced sustainability topics including waste and sewage management, livestock care, recycling, water storage techniques, agriculture, and permaculture to survive. They daily practice budgeting, auditing, and critical thinking through this intentionally restricted basic living experience.
Gaining confidence

Year 2 Dorms

As students overcome the character defining challenges of Year 1, they’re then exposed to a wide variety of trades and skillsets. As they learn life skills in plumbing, sewing, electical, information technology, welding, and construction, they discover hidden talents and passions. They learn who they are and what they were made for.
Gaining Mastery

Year 3 Dorms

As students graduate from Year 2, they’re able to identify their dreams and challenge themselves to dive deep into training and mastery. They further develop their expertise and practice community enrichment through training and mentoring other students on campus.

Water Tower

Our recently installed 86,000 liter water reservoir helps us supply fresh drinking water to all of the vital buildings and housing areas using gravity instead of pumps!
Water Features

Swales and Dams

A fresh water ecosystem or Aquaculture produces edible fish, natural duck/swan habitats, and rich soil components. Using swales (land depression channels), we can create slow moving water currents that use gravity to distribute nutrient dense compost, animal manure, or worm tea to plants throughout the farm. Ponds and swales are powerful natural alternatives for expensive fertilizers and irrigation systems.

Guest House

A future guest house will help us temporarily house guest teachers and volunteers to maximize the effectiveness of the farm’s programs and existing facilities. The guest house will also provide opportunities for students to learn and develop hospitality and business skillsets.

Craft and Produce Market

As our program continues to multiply, we’ll be able to bring fresh produce to market while providing an additional training ground for students to learn about finance, buisness, and customer service.
Serving the community

Restaurant and coffee shop

A future planned restaurant and coffee shop will help students interested in customer service and cooking to have an additional training ground to build and develop their skillsets. The food will be organic farm to table by design and will help further teach sustainability for students and visitors.

Abundant Farmlands

The majority of the campus will be used creatively for low-water-use, intercropped agriculture that is highly interactive with farm animals and food waste centers. The goal is to have an artificial ecosystem where each element (including buildings and fencing) positively interconnects together leading to a low cost to maintain yet highly yielding farm.

Recycling Center

One of the primary tenets of permaculture is “produce no waste”. Our recycling center helps our students find value in trash and sewage. Waste is sorted by best use: compost, worm food, animal feed, organic pesticide, container, or functional components. Several no-smell composting toilets throughut the campus even help transform human waste over time into safe-to-use garden compost without using any water at all.
Multiplying Our Growth

Plant Nursery

Our nursery helps us teach our students how to multiply and grow plants. Here we also experiment with differing mixures of custom potting soil and study the effects it has in plant development. We create and develop compost teas, manure mixtures, and new planting methods. We design, test, refine, and implement new techniques on a small scale before exporting to a larger scale elsewhere on the farm.
  • Maker Space
    Skills Training

    Maker Space

    The maker space is the fabrication and construction skillset development center for the farm. Crucial building materials and assets (furniture, metal works, textiles) are created on-site instead of being imported. Students gain confidence and training in multiple disciplines reinforcing creative thinking and problem solving.
  • Trial by fire

    Year 1 Dorms

    The basic Year 1 dorm environment pluges students into a rapid live-in education covering advanced sustainability topics including waste and sewage management, livestock care, recycling, water storage techniques, agriculture, and permaculture to survive. They daily practice budgeting, auditing, and critical thinking through this intentionally restricted basic living experience.
  • Gaining confidence

    Year 2 Dorms

    As students overcome the character defining challenges of Year 1, they’re then exposed to a wide variety of trades and skillsets. As they learn life skills in plumbing, sewing, electical, information technology, welding, and construction, they discover hidden talents and passions. They learn who they are and what they were made for.
  • Gaining Mastery

    Year 3 Dorms

    As students graduate from Year 2, they’re able to identify their dreams and challenge themselves to dive deep into training and mastery. They further develop their expertise and practice community enrichment through training and mentoring other students on campus.
  • Water Tower

    Our recently installed 86,000 liter water reservoir helps us supply fresh drinking water to all of the vital buildings and housing areas using gravity instead of pumps!
  • Water Features

    Swales and Dams

    A fresh water ecosystem or Aquaculture produces edible fish, natural duck/swan habitats, and rich soil components. Using swales (land depression channels), we can create slow moving water currents that use gravity to distribute nutrient dense compost, animal manure, or worm tea to plants throughout the farm. Ponds and swales are powerful natural alternatives for expensive fertilizers and irrigation systems.
  • Guest House

    A future guest house will help us temporarily house guest teachers and volunteers to maximize the effectiveness of the farm’s programs and existing facilities. The guest house will also provide opportunities for students to learn and develop hospitality and business skillsets.
  • Craft and Produce Market

    As our program continues to multiply, we’ll be able to bring fresh produce to market while providing an additional training ground for students to learn about finance, buisness, and customer service.
  • Serving the community

    Restaurant and coffee shop

    A future planned restaurant and coffee shop will help students interested in customer service and cooking to have an additional training ground to build and develop their skillsets. The food will be organic farm to table by design and will help further teach sustainability for students and visitors.
  • Abundant Farmlands

    The majority of the campus will be used creatively for low-water-use, intercropped agriculture that is highly interactive with farm animals and food waste centers. The goal is to have an artificial ecosystem where each element (including buildings and fencing) positively interconnects together leading to a low cost to maintain yet highly yielding farm.
  • Recycling Center

    One of the primary tenets of permaculture is “produce no waste”. Our recycling center helps our students find value in trash and sewage. Waste is sorted by best use: compost, worm food, animal feed, organic pesticide, container, or functional components. Several no-smell composting toilets throughut the campus even help transform human waste over time into safe-to-use garden compost without using any water at all.
  • Multiplying Our Growth

    Plant Nursery

    Our nursery helps us teach our students how to multiply and grow plants. Here we also experiment with differing mixures of custom potting soil and study the effects it has in plant development. We create and develop compost teas, manure mixtures, and new planting methods. We design, test, refine, and implement new techniques on a small scale before exporting to a larger scale elsewhere on the farm.

Campus Development phases

Phase 1 – Land Purchase

Complete

Phase 2 – Water Tower and System

Nearing Completion

Phase 3 – Guest Housing

Temporary housing for guests, trainers, and volunteers.

20% Complete
 

Phase 4 – Maker Space

Computer lab, Sewing Room, Mechanical Workshop, Solar Farm

In Planning Stage

Student housing and training Facilities

In Planning Stage

Skill centers

Bakery, Hospitality, Business Training

In Planning Stage

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