BoHU Environment- Conserve Program

Uganda has lost nearly a third of its forest in the last two decades and could lose most of its tree cover in about 40 years unless measures are quickly taken to reverse the situation, environmentalists have said. Since 1990, it has lost over 99 million trees, primarily for use as cooking fuel. Increased urbanization and rapid population growth are slowly but steadily impacting on the environment and little is being done to avert a looming crisis. Beacon of Hope Uganda believes that it is time to stop talking and start planting trees if Ugandans are to guarantee a greener, healthier nation for the next generation.

Kids Go Green Project

Kids Go Green Project

Beacon of Hope Uganda wants to teach kids and youth about sustainability, alternative energy, and respect for the earth because if it can engage them in active participation today, these people will be better prepared for the choices they will make in the future. To achieve this vision, BoHU created the Kids Go Green Project and with assistance from 4-HMT-Project initiated the “Trees for Youth Development Project” and this project will allow BoHU to expand existing tree nurseries and to organize additional tree nurseries and tree planting projects in association with local schools.  As part of this project, we hope to establish 4-H clubs at the schools so that the thousands of young people there can take advantage of the benefits of 4-H Youth Development.

Kids Go Green Project

Kids Go Green Project

This project has many goals, which closely match the UN Millennium Development Goals (http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/), of poverty and hunger eradication, universal primary education, children’s health, and environmental sustainability. BoHU wants to restore Uganda’s natural water cycle by using trees to bring groundwater to the surface. We plan to empowering kids and youth to inspire and motivate all Ugandans to demand a greener and healthier nation by taking charge of greening up the environment. And we started by kick starting a district-wide frenzy of tree planting in all schools in Mukono using the drive and ambition of the students.  The first 1,000 trees were purchased and distributed amongst schools in 2013. 10,000 seedlings are currently being raised in the Ddundu nursery, but have not yet been distributed to students and village leaders for plantation on the family subsistence farms. Another nursery of 15000 trees will be raised this year (2014).

Kids Go Green Project:

In 2013, we started this campaign in the summer last year (2013) and we planted over 1000 trees in 10 schools in Mukono District.

OUR MISSION

To inspire a patriotic nationwide culture of “Plant, Reuse, Recycle, Reduce by creating a mass hysteria of tree planting by children both at school and at home click here to learn more about the Kids Go Green Project.

Trees For Youth Development in Uganda:

4HMT-­?AFRICA    projects    in   association    with    Beacon    of   Hope   Uganda will plant    25000 trees in    2014. 4HMT-­?AFRICA    currently    consists    of    the    4HMT   projects    in    Tanzania,    Kenya,    Uganda,    Ghana,    and    Liberia,    and   is    part   of   the     4-­?H    Million    Trees    Project    where    so    far    over    79,000    youth   have   planted   over 753,000    trees.

4HMT-­?AFRICA    has    a    goal    to    help    improve    nutrition    and    food    security,    and    raise incomes by    implementing    tree    nursery    projects    at    4-­?H    schools    in    rural    villages    in    Africa.

Tree Nursery

Tree Nursery

It   is 4HMT-­?AFRICA’s    goal    to    help    make    conservation    and    prudent    management of   natural     resources a   central   focus    of    education    in    Africa.

4HMT-­?AFRICA    believes    that    environmental    education    is    a    positive    influence    on 4-­?H    youth,    particularly    for    those    living    in    rural    villages,    which    will    potentially    guide them    to    become    life-­?long    environmental    stewards.

The   4-­?H    Million    Trees    Project    (4HMT)    created    4HMT-­?UGANDA to:  

  • Facilitate  tree    nursery   projects    at    village    schools    or    on    other    nearby    lands;
  • Plant   trees;
  • Inspire  environmental    education    in    village    schools;
  • Improve  nutrition;
  • Boost  economic    development;    and
  • Help    reduce    the    impacts    of    global    climate    change.

4-HMT-­?AFRICA    will    generate    external    benefits   such   as: 

  • Providing  additional    nutrition    to    youth    and    their    families;
  • Providing  additional    income    from    the    sale    of    fruit,    seeds,    nuts,    oils,    and    other   products;
  • Providing  additional    income    from    the    sale    of    seedlings    which    can    be   used    to  purchase    items    such    as    school    uniforms    and    supplies;
  • Establishing   additional    projects    such    as   vegetable    production,   apiculture,    and  animal    husbandry;
  • Beautifying    and    reforesting   lands    that    were  deforested,    and    the    trees    burned  as    cooking    fuel    wood;
  • Providing  resources    for    many    other    uses,    such    as    building    materials,    fodder,   fertilizer,    erosion    control,    etc.;    and
  • Sequestering   atmospheric carbon    dioxide    to    help    reduce    the    impacts    of    global climate    change.