Let hope grow: planting trees for a better future in Uganda

Let hope grow: planting trees for a better future in Uganda


The environment problem in Arua district
is that the eco system in Arua is being infringed on, because majority of the
population within the settlement and host community depend on the natural
resource base and as they depend on it for their livelihood it causes an impact. That means that in the long term if it’s not worked upon and interventions
on the environment are done, the ecosystem is most likely to come to extinct. In the past, we experienced a lot of rain because of the trees. But now people cut down trees and they burn them as charcoal and others as firewood. We don’t have enough rain and we do not know how the crops will grow. The way the rains have changed; it has a lot affected food production. What we harvest is no longer as sufficient as what we used to get in the previous years. There are some changes and the rate of hunger has increased. Feeding is really hard. The main objective of the project is
to strengthen natural resource use in a sustainable manner. As we are planting
4,000 seedlings to 4,000 households that are going to get fruit
trees. It means that these households are going to be having fruit trees. These
ones will improve their nutrition but also the 100 farmers that we are
supporting with apiary management, they will be having a source of income as
they will be processing and selling these honey products. Then we are going to also do restoration of 90 hectares of the depleted forest cover. Planting trees has a lot of advantages. When you have heartburn, you can eat certain plants and it can cool the heart down. And I plant the trees to reduce the wind speed. They (Malteser International) have given us seedlings too. They also brought for us seedlings for example mangoes that we can now eat, oranges, guava and trees like neem, gavin trees and the ones you are seeing behind me. Some of the few changes that I have seen is earning some money after selling things like sweet potatoes, greens or vegetables. This enables me to afford things like soap, salt and the money to pay school demands. In regard to water, Malteser International has done good by drilling boreholes for us. The boreholes are within the homesteads. Mine is just around. They also gave us equipment for guarding the water. We were given in nine groups. The biggest challenge of the project is, that we may not be able to supply as the demand is, because if you look at the refugees being that Rhino camp as of now is still receiving refugees
and if the host community is eagerly interested in this afforestation project,
it means that if you look at the demand it is the inverse proportion of the
supply that we have. The other challenge of the project that we are most likely
to face is the unpredictable weather patterns. I wish Malteser International could put in place a team to let us know wheter we shall be having rains or not. All my thanks go to Malteser International because they have changed my life and I pray they don’t stop here. I would love to thank the donors that have supported us Malteser in
contributing to environmental protection and conservation because it’s a
challenge that affects everyone and it is transborder. We pray that you continue supporting us.

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