How many times have we seen images of refugee camps worldwide with people being forced by wars, or other disasters, to live together under harsh and unbearable circumstances? Sometimes this situation can last over years, and even decades. An increasing number of people in the GEN movement feel that ecovillage processes and practices can contribute a great deal in these situations. A prime example being in communities that are forced to come together out of traumatic or disaster situations often have many similar needs and conflicts that appear in ecovillages - be they of an ecological, social, economical or cultural kind. In the Philippines, the founder of Maia Earthvillage - Pi Villaraza - and Sabina Arokiam, a Malaysian permaculturist, created Permaculture Aid Yolanda as a tool for disaster relief and prevention. Pi Villaraza reports.