In a collaborative effort backed by DanChurchAid (DCA), UNHCR, and the National Forestry Authority (NFA), the Raising Gabdho Foundation, in partnership with the Kibuli Environmental Club, has embarked on a transformative pilot project in Uganda. This innovative initiative, blending tree planting and woodlot development, promises to reshape school feeding programs and cultivate environmental sustainability.
Our recent visit to the tree-planting event at Kibuli Environmental Club marked the initiation of an inspiring project. Students, brimming with enthusiasm, planted a diverse array of fruit-bearing and timber trees. Aligned with global Sustainable Development Goals, this initiative charts a new course for supporting school nutrition through locally sourced produce.
Voices from the Field:
Sarah Basemera, “Argued that even after school, students should practise to protect the environment by exercising tree planting in their communities.
Ecological Enrichment and School Feeding:
The assortment of tree species, including mango and jackfruit, alongside timber-producing varieties, aims to enrich the local ecosystem. These trees will not only beautify the school surroundings but also play a vital role in the school’s feeding program, providing fresh fruits and a sustainable source of firewood for the school’s kitchen.
Next Steps: Wood lot Development
The project’s next phase involves the establishment of a 20-acre woodlot. This ambitious endeavor seeks to create a renewable source of biomass for the school kitchen, promoting sustainable practices and contributing to environmental conservation.
Technological Innovation: Growth Monitoring
A standout feature of this project is the use of cloud technology to map and monitor each tree’s growth. This cutting-edge approach enables precise traceability and effective resource management, setting a new standard in environmental project monitoring.
This on-the-ground report underscores how, with the support of DCA, UNHCR, and NFA, this pilot project signifies a significant stride toward a sustainable future for Uganda’s schools. It tackles pressing issues like school nutrition and sustainable energy while instilling a sense of environmental stewardship in the next generation. AS an emerging young writer, it is heartening to report on initiatives like the one spearheaded by the Raising Gabdho Foundation. By encouraging partnerships and community involvement, they are nurturing a sustainable legacy. Through this report, I aim to convey the impact of positive change and inspire my audience to champion similar endeavors in their communities. Together, we can witness the roots of transformation taking hold for a more sustainable and nourished future.