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.
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.
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.
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.
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.