My name is Kiwalabye, 40 a Ugandan National. An Environmentalist by profession, a farmer , Football Coach and Climate Change Activitst. I have 3 children, Timothy, Melissa and Vanessa.
I am the Director and Founder of this foundation but we have other Staff members as well. Since our inception in 2007, we have been conducting a number of Projects including, Music and Dance, Relief Aid to children, the Football Academy Program and now the Schools Tree Project.
Our Foundation's mission is to empower children from highly impoverished rural areas of Uganda through educational programs aimed at making them the change that they want to see in the world.
In 2016, we came up with the Schools Tree Project after the realisation that Climate Change was becoming a serious threat to the well being and future of children in Uganda. We also realised that despite of the threat, no concrete measures had been taken by Government to address the issue and yet Schools were preoccupied by the efforts to have as many children pass in first grade without necessarily teaching children about Climate Change. We realised too that trees were being cut down at unprecedented rates and thus carbon levels were increasing in the atmosphere partly contributing to change in Climatic Conditions.
We therefore came up with the Schools Tree Project with the aim of not only re- greening the depleted environment but also empowering children to become environmental stewards in their own communities by teaching them about the importance of tree planting in tackling Climate Change but also planting trees with them practically.
The project works both in Jinja District and works with both Primary and Secondary school Children. We have so far planted in 18 schools within Jinja District and we intend to scale- up the Program to other Schools in the different parts of Uganda and later cover the entire East African block.
Our Goal is to plant 3 million trees by 2020.We have the passion and determination to achieve this; and we hope that joining us will inspire us achieve this goal.
We also have The Renewable Energy Program which is part of our Project Strategy that equips Schools and Communities with skills in making low- cost renewable energy aimed at reducing on deforestation and overall dependence on wood fuel which exacerbates Climate Change.
Help with Eco project
1)Travellers are required to be people who love the environment, clean air and water. They should have a passion for mother nature and should be ones who don't mind getting their hands dirty during the tree planting exercise.
2)They should between 18 - 75 years of age both male and female, from any religion, race, color and tribe.
3) Our travellers should also be in position to work with children of all age groups because our Project works mainly with School Children.
1) Travellers will be in position to experience a new culture, learn new languages and get to enjoy the Ugandan food and delicacies including matooke, sweet potatoes, Luwombo, local greens which are not only tasty but nutritious too.
2) Visitors will also have a chance to get skills in our Climate Change solutions and experience at first hand on how we tackle Climate Change in Uganda and will take back these skills back to their home Country and implement them.
3) Travellers will also get a chance of touring the beautiful country that Uganda is. They will visit the source of River Nile( the longest in Africa), Lake Victoria, Bujagali and Sipi Falls, Mountains of the moon and the Chimpazees in Bwindi impenetrable National Park
English, Luganda, Lusoga
Our Volunteers will be staying at 2 homes. One in Jinja and another in Kajjansi - Seguku. Both are spacious and cozy houses with beds and a nice compound, have electricity and water and far way from the city noise. We shall cook for the visitors 2 meals a day and breakfast. Volunteers though need to come with their own pocket money to supplement on the food during some given days.
Being a non profit organization, we do not offer stipends for our volunteers. We only provide accommodation and meals. Volunteers should brace themselves for a hospitable reception. Ugandans are very hospitable and outgoing people. Volunteers will also spend some time in the evening to experience the lifestyle of Ugandans and also visit happening places like the Ndere Centre, source of the Nile etc
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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