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Who we are

SAFCEI (Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute) is a multi-faith organisation committed to supporting faith leaders and their communities in Southern Africa to increase awareness, understanding and action on eco-justice, sustainable living and climate change.

What We Do

Care for the Earth by Faith Communities

Promoting understanding of the connection between faith and living Earth, and inspiring people of faith to effect change and just development within their own communities.

Energy Justice

Working for South Africans to have accessible, affordable and sustainable energy, and for faith leaders and communities from other countries to learn from South Africa’s experience.

Food & Climate Justice

Promoting a rights of nature approach to food sovereignty and climate change, opposing factory farming, industrial agriculture and GMOs.

Faith Leader Environmental Advocacy Training

Facilitating faith leaders environmental advocacy training (FLEAT) in southern Africa, and providing learning resources to conduct local eco-projects, including eco-actions in congregations.

Eco-Footprinting Workshop – 21 June 2021

Join us on 21 June 2021 at 1 PM (SAST) for an online Eco-Footprinting workshop. Do you and your faith community want to walk more lightly on the Earth? Ecological footprinting is a method of looking at the...

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Faith and Energy Eco-Justice project – Induction workshop

A diverse group of selected faith leaders from four provinces in South Africa met virtually on Thursday 20 May to launch a three-year project in eco advocacy. The Faith and Energy Eco-Justice project has four geographically diverse legs – in Greater Cape Town, Karoo, Eastern Cape and Western Cape. The groups will work separately on eco-justice issues relevant to their areas, and then come...

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FLEAT Zambia

The first Zambia FLEAT (Faith Leader Environmental Advocacy Training) was held on Zoom from 19 – 21 May 2021.    Zambia is predominantly Christian  with 95% of the population identifying Christians from different denominations. The FLEAT group consisted of 28 faith leaders of which 10 were women.    The workshop started with our Faith Leader Liaison, Rev. Berry Behr opening with a...

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Cape Town faith leaders meet at the Castle and learn about biodigesters

A homemade biodigester can save citizens up to R500 a month in electricity costs. Lydia Petersen achieved some two hours a day of free cooking time when she created a biodigester in her backyard in Mitchell’s Plain. Now, Lydia is determined to share her knowledge and experience with other community members because she says there is no need for families to suffer from exorbitant electricity...

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