In support of our mission to conserve Kibale National Park we have been involving our students in a number of initiatives over the summer which are designed to get them thinking about things that they can do to help protect their environment.
Clean Stove Video
The Kasiisi Project collaboration with in the Brookwood School Clean Stove Project has produced a video – please click on Clean Stove Video made by Brookwood to take a look at this record of a highly successful project. This video of an initiative which helped the children think about ways to reduce fuel wood consumption and protect people from smoke, is now also posted on the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves website. The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is an an innovative public-private partnership which was launched by Hilary Clinton in September 2010 and is led by the United Nations Foundation.
Building with plastic bottles
The ubiquitous plastic bottle is a concern for everyone. In America we annually throw away enough plastic bottles to circle the world 4 times! Most of them end up in landfills or in our oceans hurting wildlife and polluting our environment. In Uganda, where bottled water is often the only reliable source of clean water they are huge problem too. The Kasiisi Project has found one use for the bottles that keeps them out of rivers and rubbish piles.
Packed with soil and used instead of the local wood fired bricks this technique, by using empty bottles removes them from rivers, lakes and trash pits, and at the same time protects the forest and wetlands by reducing the need for wood and clay. Everyone turned out to help fill the bottles teaching the children a valuable lesson in alternative technologies that might even save money!
Kasiisi Students on the Farm
Under the supervision of Peace Corps Volunteer Keith Miller, students from Kasiisi Primary School are taking turns to help plant trees and vegetables on the school farm as part of a new educational initiative to link the children to sustainable farming practices. The children are studying different methods of improving soil fertility using test beds
Our Wildlife Clubs are also helping Tooro Botanical Gardens test propagation methods for rare indigenous species of trees using our new fancy propagator.