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My name is Ronald 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 our 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 project after the realisation that Climate Change was becoming a serious threat to the well being and future of children in Uganda. We also realized 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 realized 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 our 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 in Jinja, Iganga , Buikwe and Mukono Districts It works in Primary, Secondary and Tertially Institutions. We have so far planted in 48 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 region.
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. By joining us you will be able to make an impact on the lives of children and rural women where we work., because developing countries always suffer most from the devastating effects of Climate Change. At the end of your volunteering session, we shall offer you a Certificate of Merit which will help build your career as an upcoming Environmentalist.
Help with Eco project
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
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.
4) Sometimes you will be required to go teach in the Schools alone but with the help of a Teaching Coordinator whom you will find at the School (s).
English, Luganda, Lusoga
Our Volunteers will be staying at our Vounteer Home situated in Walukuba Division -Jinja which is spacious, has electircity and far way from the city noise. Volunteers will have to cater for their meals during the course of volunteering.
Being a non profit organization, we do not offer stipends for our volunteers. We only provide accommodation . We have a stove at the House which you could use for cooking for yourself. There are markets for fresh vegetables which you can buy at very low prices. Besides, Jinja town also has very many restaurants which provide both continental and European food including coffee. They are plenty of options as far as food is concerned. During your stay, our team will also teach you how to prepare Ugandan / African dishes.
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, Sipi Falls, Kitagata Hotsprings, Mountains of the Moon, White water rafting of the River Nile, Bungee Jumping, Mabira forest tour and many others.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week