Protecting Kibale Forest

Plastic bottles filled with dirt make great bricks

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

Kyanyawara syudents building a Rocket Stove from tin cans as part of the Brookwood Clean Stove Project

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

Ramming Dirt into the Bottles – much more fun than Math

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Step One Bottle Wall: Tying the “bricks together”

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!

Finished wall outside the new BIOGAS latrines.

 

Kasiisi Students on the Farm

Everyone helped harvest the maize

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

Laying out “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.

 

 

 

 

Tree Propagator

 
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