connectedness among peoples and the earth, wounds healing, creativity flowing


Sierra Leone Foundation for New Democracy works in partnership with communities to build the foundation for citizens of all ages to deliberate and enact new, non-adversarial alternatives that nurture democratic relationships and decision making among and across individuals, families, institutions, and the environment.


The Sierra Leone Foundation for New Democracy is actively transforming extractive and exploitative dynamics by reviving Africa’s nonviolent, deliberative traditions of decision making—the foundation for a new democracy—through the vehicles of Food Sovereignty & Ecological Resilience, Mass Critical Literacy, and Cooperative Economics. SLFND's current programming in these areas include Ta-Valema Permaculture Farm & Learning Lab, Dovalema Early Childhood Center, and Social Enterprise Cooperatives. Arising from permaculture ethics, domains, and principles, these allow children, adults, and elders to reconnect with their history, with each other, and with the earth.


Sierra Leone Foundation for New Democracy has adopted permaculture as a framework

Sierra Leone Foundation for New Democracy is organized as an ecosystem

Sierra Leone Foundation for New Democracy integrates its programs and focus areas


Food Sovereignty & Ecological Resilience

Food Sovereignty & Ecological Resilience

Mass Critical Literacy

Mass Critical Literacy

Cooperative Economics

Cooperative Economics


My visit to SLFND impacted me in many ways. As a teacher, I am very interested in seeing my colleagues in other communities and the schools where they work with their students. I had visited rural village schools and had witnessed the extreme challenges teachers and eager students face: schools in ruins, a scarcity of the most basic school resources and overcrowded classes, to name a few. I talked to many children in my host village who weren't in school because their family could not afford the school fees. Then I visited SLFND! I met the teachers and toured the facilities. I was so impressed with the idea of providing child-centered pre-school for all, with NO school fees, and also providing nutritious meals grown and cooked on site in a permaculture setting. What an amazing way to provide an educational foundation to our world's most precious resource: our children. I was so inspired that I decided to contribute to the cause by supporting one teacher for one year, through monthly donations to SLFND. I hope you, dear reader, can support SLFND. Thank you.

JJ Kahle, instructor at The Blake School (2018)


Having the opportunity to support and be apart of the Sierra Leone Foundation for New Democracy (SLFND) instilled my belief that community power exists and is thriving. In a world where greed and hatred seem so prevalent, a place like Mondema that is coming together to build a more sustainable and resilient community for themselves gives me hope and inspires me to spread that love and collaboration that I witnessed to the other communities I am apart of.

Madison Tomony, HECUA Student (2015/16)