Who we are

Our Trustees

Our Supporters

  • Friederike Brandt
  • Mandy Burrows
  • Paul Cawsey
  • Ruth Van Cranenburgh
  • Sandra Cunliffe
  • Fiona Hobson
  • Charlotte Phillips
  • Mark Reeves



Why we started the charity

People Empowered Preserved Earth (PEPE) was established in January 2010 to support a development project and school created in the heart of the poverty stricken region of the Transkei South Africa. The people behind PEPE have all been touched and inspired when volunteering or working with these projects. After seeing the many empowering changes being made in the local people they were moved to volunteer their time and effort to support these organisations.

The Centre for Appropriate Rural Technology (CART) in Sicambeni and Sisonke School in Port St Johns are projects that have brought an innovative and fresh approach to their fields. They seek to empower individuals to lead an independent, holistic life through positive education and positive student involvement. Through these innovative methods many people’s lives have been positively changed in the communities they work in.

Through imbuing the principles of respect for self, for others and the environment these projects encourage people to live a sustainable life using water management, permaculture and sustainable homestead building skills that reduce dependency on local and national government. Together CART and Sisonke School create a powerful model for change by empowering children and adults alike.