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MainSprings (formerly the Janada L Batchelor Foundation for Children) is an organization focused on the protection and support of vulnerable girls in Tanzania. They employ a holistic model with five pillars, including Education, Refuge, Healthcare, Permaculture, and Sustainability. MainSprings supports 45 girls, 60 + staff and a school of between 260-300 local children. RJOF has aided MaingSprings in developing its perennial food system, centered on the principles of Permaculture. In order to feed and provide meals for the girls, students, and staff, a perennial agriculture system became necessary for MainSprings, allowing a greater abundance of food and nutritional diversity. The success of the MainSprings model has allowed for the organization to be invited to start a second campus in a different region of Tanzania. Through its involvement with MainSprings, RJOF has truly realized the benefit of permaculture both domestically and internationally. MainSprings has not only decided to use permaculture as the basis for their second campus, but they have also decided to become the Permaculture Institute of Tanzania, serving as a platform for permaculture education within Tanzania and abroad. Click here to visit their website.