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Help fight climate change by planting trees in schools in Jinja, Uganda

  • Uganda
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  • Last activity: 29/01/2023

Availability

  2023 

 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

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  • Description

    Description

    My name is Ronald , 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 5 other Staff members as well. Since our inception in 2016, our Project has evolved from providing Relief to children, into empowering young people become the change they want to see in the World.
    Our mission is to empower children into becoming stewards of the environment and more importantly guide them into becoming stewardsin the fight against Climate Change . In doing so, we are also empowering Schools into becoming major stakeholders in the fight against Climate Change in Uganda .

    In 2016, we came up with the project after the realisation that Climate Change was becoming a serious threat to humanity Worldwide. 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 grades without necessarily teaching children about Climate Change. Trees are being cut down at an unprecedented rate 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 young people 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 reach out to every corner of Uganda engaging young people in Schools to take action.
    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 carbing deforestation and overall dependence on wood fuel which exacerbates Climate Change.
    Of late we have ventured into the planting of Fruit Forests which we have effectively implemented in Jinja City where we have planted hundreds of Fruit Trees with the children. We intend to plant another 2 fruit Forests in 2022.
    Lastly, have the Green Spaces Program through which we equip communities with skills in Vegetable growing. This aims at enhancing Food Security in Communities and tackling poverty especially among rural women in Uganda.
    This year 2023, we are introducing something new: We are introducing a short course called Climate Education and Ecosystems Management which will acquaint our Volunteers and Interns with skills in Climate Education, Community Forestry, Sustainable Agriculture and Ecosystems Management. We have also set up a branch in Busiro County where we are partnering with the Busiro County Local Government to plant trees in the county.
    Join this cause today as we take action against Climate Change. We welcome Volunteers, Interns and Professionals who wish to spend thier free time with us. 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.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Help with Eco Projects
    Teaching
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    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.
    4) Most importantly. they will learn about the diverse African/ Ugandan culture and living style quite diffrent from those they are accustomed to. They will adopt to the lifestyles such as creating an own vegetable garden, washing clothes with hands, harvesting rain water, preparing local dishes, bathing using a basin, using local toilets and learning some bit of the local language(s).

  • Help

    Help

    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 - 65 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).
    5) Volunteers will be required to pay a small fee of 8 Us dollars a day to cater for your meals and sleep. The balance will help us cater for Project expenses like, buying Seeds, farm equipment and transport for monitoring projects. If you are willing to pay more, much better because it will help us achieve our dream of buying the house which we are currenlty renting

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Luganda, Ganda: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We recently relocated to our new Home Base, which is a 3 Bedroom House situated on top of Wanyange Hill overlooking Lake Victoria. The house has a spacious Living Room, Dinning a shed plus and a friendly neighbourhood. It is a good hideout from the city noise and its hilly nature is good for an early morning jogging or evening Walk. It also has piped water, and a bathroom with a Shower. A fridge is available and a blender for making homemade Juice. The house is enclosed in a fence, secure and close to the main road.
    We also have 3 motorbikes for those who know how to ride. So, you can easily run errands in town and back. These are the ones which we use for going to the field.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Being a non profit organization, we do not offer stipends for our volunteers. You will pay a small fee of 8 US dollars a day to help us organise tasty Ugandan meals for you on a daily basis.
    There are markets for fresh vegetables which you can buy at very low prices. Besides, Jinja town also has very many testaurants 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.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    We welcome online volunteers as well as those who want to come and volunteer with us physically in Uganda now that airports have been reopened. Our online volunteers can get engaged in a number of activities, that include, Web designing, Organising Webinars, organising fundraising online drives, Lesson Plans, conducting online Climate Change Campaigns on our behalf and lots more exciting opportunities. Just get in touch.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Campervans are welcome at the project. We have ample parking space and security.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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    This host charges a fee

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    USD$ 4 a day for 3 daily meals
Host ref number: 269379415468

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