Preserving of the delicate eco-system is a key concern to ISP UGANDA and has as such undertaken projects to promote those practices that do not destroy our environment with a specific focus on extending this knowledge to school children with the hope that they shall pass over the same to their family members.
The main activities here were conducted in Karamoja a semi arid region in North Eastern Uganda, where the agricultural practices need to be reviewed because they greatly undermine the eco-system. In Atedeoi and Kakingol Primary Schools seedlings for a live fence were planted to act both as a wind breaker and as vegetation cover. Orchards and woodlots were also planted and seeds distributed to farmers.
Our projects in this field have specifically targeted the schools, first because the knowledge disseminated has a high impact area since the students come from different places and the activities conducted were but not limited to the following:
|1. Environment and agro forestry education: In this respect theory and practical lessons and video shows on agro forestry were conducted in the schools and the teachers were also engaged in a hands-on practical workshop sessions. In recognition of their time and effort, Atedeoi and Kakingol Primary Schools were given a total of 366 text books, 58 kgs of seeds and 146 garden tools to help carry out the agriculture activities started.
2. Supporting establishment of tree nurseries: In our past projects ISP UGANDA supported establishment of 3 tree nurseries in Moroto District, which were further supported by buying 6,587 seedlings from them.
3. Energy Saving Techniques: In a bid to minimize the costs of energy resources (especially of wood fuel) for cooking school meals and the impact on the environment as a result of cutting down so many trees to generate wood – a kitchen was constructed in Atedeoi Primary School, and installed with 2 energy saving stoves. Having created awareness in schools of the importance of environmental conservation, the trainees were also educated on the importance of using methods that conserve wood fuel such as the use of energy saving stoves and 143 domestic energy saving stoves were distributed in the 2 schools to the participants.
As a way of building the capacity of the organizations its partners with, ISP Uganda emphasizes sustainability of projects especially the kind that have recurrent expenditures and as a result has supported some CBO/NGOs to start up and run silos for food storage, profits from which are tagged to meeting the running costs of these organizations. In the same light, we acquired land in Masanafu for construction of silos which was also installed with 6 tanks. Maize and beans shall be acquired at harvest, dried and stored in the silos for resale at a time of scarcity. Profits realized shall be used to supplement the running cost budget of ISP Uganda.