2019年7月7日日曜日

【Environmental Protection】Quarterly review meetings to assess progress and challenges of environmental protection regulations

Hello, this is Global Bridge Network(GBN)! 
Regarding ‘Environmental Protection through Expanding Lemon grass growing and Education in Uganda’, this is the fifth report of 2nd year of this project.

The Village leader emphasizing the importance of environmental protection.

This time, ‘Activity2.
5 Conduct quarterly review meetings to assess progress and challenges of environmental protection regulations adherence and implementation’ were started from June 2018. This quarterly meeting is conducted total 4times.

Activities:
The quarterly review meetings were intended to assess the following issues;
- Project progress in terms of achievements
- Identification of challenges 
- Devising methods and strategies of overcoming challenges
- Ensuring that all communities, sub counties and district stakeholders are adequately involved in and updated on this project.
- Promoting project ownership by the communities and local government which would promote sustainability even after this project.


The Assistant chief administrative officer, 
talking about the need to protect environment

A Police officer explaining the community members 
about the laws governing environment

SORAK Director presenting achievements at review meeting

   
Outcomes:
Ø  Local leaders agreed to enforce laws and regulations concerning environmental protection.
Ø  School representatives agreed to take on tree planting as a serious and important activity including planting fruit trees as these trees would make their schools environmentally friendly.
Ø  The police gave a stern warning to all leaders and community members to go and inform the general public about the impending surveillance that would include arresting all people who were found encroaching on the environment.
Ø  Leaders asked SORAK to continue providing support in form of review meetings, providing materials for tree planting and lemon grass planting, as these would lead to environmental protection and conservation.
Ø  The Police together with district officers promised to print out copies of environment protection regulations and display them in the community centre. 


You can find the details in the reports below,

*This project is supported by Japan Fund for Global Environment of the Environmental Restoration (JFGE) and by Environmental Restoration and Conservation Agency (ERCA)



2019年6月30日日曜日

☆The 3rd anniversary of GBN’s foundation!☆



Hello everyone!
Greeting from Global Bridge Network(GBN).


I am pleased to announce that GBN is now in its third year.

Please review the 2018 annual report.
As international support, our ongoing project on “Improvement of Educational Environment for Girls” in Uganda is fully underway and a new product, the reusable sanitary pad“Happy Pad”, is now available to expand the number of girls who can go to school during menstruation.

Reusable Sanitary Pad ’Happy Pad’

Everyone is Happy with ’Happy Pad’’


In addition, the “Environmental Protectionand Education” program involves environmental protection efforts through lemon grass growing and essential oil production, and is also proceeding. In addition, we have started the production of briquette charcoal, which is an environmentally friendly product made of organic waste and which can avoid emitting smoke in the atmosphere. 

Briquette Charcoal


Please take a look at the following video clips created during my field visi last year.
I am also pleased to announce that Hadijah, a program manager from our partner NGO SORAK, arrived in Japan from Uganda to attend the Rural Leaders Training Program (9 months) at the Asia RuralInstitute in Nasu Shiobara, Japan. 

Hadijah at the Asia Rural Institute
GBN supported her application to the best of our ability, and she is now (June 2019) actively learning new methods of agriculture and eager to expand organic methods in Uganda after this program. GBN is also willing to continue supporting her and her future plan to apply what she learnt in Japan to the agricultural field in Uganda.


I also appreciate ECS Co., for which I am currently working, for introducing GBN on their website as a CSR activity → CSR page


As we mark our third fiscal year, we welcome any new members and are pleased if you are interested as a volunteer in joining us.


Thank you very much for your support and cooperation.

Global Bridge Network
Maiko Ohnishi


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2019年6月17日月曜日

【Environmental Protection】Support quarterly surveillance on laws and regulations of environmental protection


Hello, this is Global Bridge Network (GBN)!
Regarding ‘Environmental Protection through Expanding Lemon grass growing and Education in Uganda’, this is the fourth report of 2nd year of this project.

The district environment officer monitoring with file a damage of the wetland

This time, ‘2.4 Activity Support quarterly surveillance by environmental officers on laws and regulations of environmental protection formulated in year 1’ were started from June 2018. This quarterly surveillance is conducted total 4 times.

 
Activities:
    Conducting on site visits to wetlands and checking any human activity therein.
    Taking measurements with the community to show them wetland boundaries. This would enable them now the limit of their farming or any other activities.
    Informing the wetland users and neighbors of the acceptable and non-acceptable activities in wetlands.
    Investigating other activities include tree planting in upland communities in Bagezza seed secondary school.
  
Fauna-Uganda crested crane, birds are threatened by the maize crop

team and community measuring the extent of wetland encroachment 

SORAK ED waters a tree after planting in remembrance of the surveillance


Outcomes:
Ø  Police together with district officers promised to print out copies of regulations for environment protection and display in Community Centers.
Ø  Police promised to monitor any violation of laws of environment protection and assured that culprits will be brought to face charges/ punishments.
Ø  Some sites visited welcomed the idea and responded by planting trees as a sign of supporting the idea of surveillance and continued protection of our environment. For example, at Bagezza seed secondary where 5 trees were planted.


You can find the details in the reports below,


*This project is supported by Japan Fund for Global Environment of the Environmental Restoration (JFGE) and by Environmental Restoration and Conservation Agency (ERCA)




2019年6月11日火曜日

【Environmental Protection】Train children environmental protection activists in monitoring and reporting of environmental abuse


Hello, this is Global Bridge Network (GBN)!
Regarding ‘Environmental Protection through Expanding Lemon grass growing and Education in Uganda’, this is the fourth report of 2nd year of this project.

This time, ‘Activity 1.8 Train 160 children environmental protection activists in monitoring and reporting of environmental abuse’ were carried out on Sep 2018.

Children demonstrating the effects of environmental degradation
through a short drama

The environmental protection activist’s trainings were attended by 40 children selected from different schools and total participants are 160 children. 

The activity was provided children with the existing laws and regulations concerning environmental protection as well as the trained children would later become activists who could monitor and report environmental abuse deteriorated due to human activities. They would later grow in responsible for making environment alert and becoming environmentally friendly citizens.

Activities:
  • Trained the children as environmental protection activists in monitoring and reporting environmental abuse such as the careless and irresponsible activities of human beings like bush burning, bad waste disposal, deforestation, and wetland misuse.
  • Trained the children to follow up the progress of environmental activities by the environmental protection clubs formed in other 16 schools.
  • Trained the children on school and community based environmental conservation to take lead on tree and lemon grass planting in the future.
  • Informed the children their role towards environmental conservation including raising awareness about environmental protection in public and schools to cover issues related to water, air, waste reduction and recycling, as well as biodiversity.



Children trained into environmental protection

Children trained into environmental protection②

Children trained into environmental protection③

Outcomes:
Ø  Environmental walks by environmental protection activists were carried out by Mungungulu P/S activists and this has led to reduced cutting down of trees in Baggezza sub-county.
Ø  Reported cases of environmental abuse at sub counties by children environmental protection activists  have led to reduce encroachment on wetlands in Kigando Sub county
Ø  Children started participating in routine environmental clean ups with local leaders.



You can find the details in the reports below,
*This project is supported by Japan Fund for Global Environment of the Environmental Restoration (JFGE) and by Environmental Restoration and Conservation Agency (ERCA)



2019年3月31日日曜日

【Activity Report】Sanyu! vol.3 (21/03/2019)

Hello, this is Global Bridge Network (GBN)!

"Sanyu! vol.3" was held on March 21st.
"Sanyu" means "Happy" in the Ugandan local language.
We have been holding "Sanyu!" since 2017, and this is the third time.

This event was held in collaboration with GBNSTUDIO BARJARA performing African style dance, and  African Taiko(drum) Classroom by Djembe players of the djembe (African drum) group. ♪

The event started off with an introduction about Global Bridge Network, in which we explained briefly about Ugandan culture and our ongoing projects in Uganda, such as ”Environmental Protection through Expanding Lemon Grass Growing and Education in Uganda" as well as the “Improvement of the school environment to combat Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) challenges to Stop Adolescent Girls’ School Dropouts in Uganda.“

Introduction of GBN's activities

Thereafter, performances by STUDIO BARJARA DANCERS and the Djembe players from African Taiko Classroom gave everyone the dynamic feeling of Africa with the dynamic rhythm of African style dance and djembe.

Performance by Djembe players from African Taiko Classroom 

STUDIO BARJARA DANCERS
with Djembe players


Dynamic African style dance
by Ms. Atsuko, organizer of STUDIO BARJARA 



The final part of the program featured Ugandan dance time with the audience.
Mr. Arafat, who is from Uganda,  uplifted everyone, as everyone gathered in a circle, dancing in pairs and truly enjoying themselves. ♪

Mr. Arafat leading participants in Ugandan dance
Audience and performers danced together. ♪

We really appreciate:
Audience
STUDIO BARJARA DANCERS
African Taiko Classroom Djembe players
Mr. Arafat from Uganda
Mr. Sakuma, who is the owner of the venue MOANA
Ms. Atsuko, who organizes STUDIO BARJARA and acted as the coordinator. 

Thanks to you all!

We very much appreciate your continual support for GBN.

Hope to see you again!!

2019年2月28日木曜日

【Partner】STUDIO BARJARA(Ms. Atsuko )

We are pleased to introduce Ms. Atsuko, who is the head of STUDIO BARJARA.

Ms. Atsuko is offering African style dance and Pilates lessons, and she is also active as an organizer of GBN’s international exchange event Sanyu! In addition, we have received various support such as donations through the sales of dance costumes.

Good smile♪
She talked about her work, why she started to teach African dance and collaborations with GBN, etc.

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<What is your current work?> 
I have been mainly organizing “African style dance,” which is not traditional African dance but mixes various genres of dance. Besides that, I am active as a lecturer for hip hop & house dance classes for adults and children, Pilates lessons for women who are not good at exercising and function training, as well as health gymnastics for elderly people. I also organize and coordinate dance events, etc.

<Why did you start to teach African style dance?>
Originally, I was mainly learning street dance and jazz dance for becoming professional dancers. However, when I joined a workshop on African Dance at the dance school, I was moved by this dynamic and expressive dance; therefore, I began to learn it. I want many people to feel their heart will be liberated and feel great through dance, so I started to offer African style dance classes.

Looks very energetic!

<What is your passion in cooperating with GBN and your feelings toward Africa?>

I myself live without international assistance, but I am mainly working to teach African style dance. African style dance is supporting my life and I feel joy and sometimes sadness … I feel a lot of things.

I thought that maybe it was about time to give back to African style dance by helping Africa. Therefore, I am cooperating with the activities of GBN through organizing some events and donating from the sales of dance costumes. By deepening collaborative activities, I am glad that I can learn about Africa today and interact with lots of Africans through GBN.

I would like to continue my support and do what I can do by looking at Africa as a country that I still do not know much about.

<About African Style Dance lessons>
STUDIO BARJARA is waiting for you to start our dance lessons regardless of age and dance experience♪ Come join us!

Be sure to check out STUDIO BARJARA’s website!
https://www.studio-barjara.com/ (in Japanese)

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We really appreciate her continuous cooperation.
Thank you very much, Ms. Atsuko!




2019年2月19日火曜日

Report on “Mobilize 16 schools into active ‘environmental protection clubs’ including tree planting”


Hello, this is Global Bridge Network (GBN)!
Regarding ‘Environmental Protection through Expanding Lemon grass growing and Education in Uganda’, this is the second report of 2nd year of this project.

Environmental protection club in the tree planting at school
This time, ‘Activity 1.7 Mobilize 16 schools into active environmental protection clubs including supporting them plant 100 trees per school (fruit trees)’ were carried out on June to Sep 2018.
16 environmental protection clubs were created and these clubs are made up of 20 children each school.

Roles of these clubs
  • School based clubs provide an excellent opportunity to foster environmental education and champion environmental responsibility that the formed environmental protection clubs will be the lead teams when it comes to issues concerning the environment in their respective schools.
  • These clubs provide best ways of teaching their fellow young about environmental issues and carry out waste management, soil conservation, and tree plantation.
  • These clubs are creating awareness, advocacy, conservation, maintenance of school environment, and have brought unity in the schools.


SORAK staff participated in launching the tree planting

Children showcase the tree seedlings
Outcome by the club activities is positively impacting the environment by tree planting and are sensitizing their fellow pupils in hygiene and proper waste management.

School based environmental protection clubs were successfully formed and they promised to work hand in hand with SORAK, school management committee to keep an open eye on the environment.


You can find the details in the reports below,

*This project is supported by Japan Fund for Global Environment of the Environmental Restoration (JFGE) and by Environmental Restoration and Conservation Agency (ERCA)