2018年5月30日水曜日

Report on “Supporting communities of women and youth farmers for accelerated uptake of lemon grass production for environmental protection”



Hello everyone, this is Global Bridge Network (GBN)!

Our report about ‘Environmental protection through expanding lemon grass growing and education in Uganda’ was implemented in the last fiscal year, 2017.

This time, we will report about the final activity in 2017 Activity 3_Supporting communities of women and youth farmers for accelerated uptake of lemon grass production for environmental protection.


Monitoring a lemon grass farmer by SORAK

In activity 3, we conducted a procure of supplying lemon grass planting tufts to 200 individual farmers targeting women and youth who trained in lemon grass growing and environmental protection in activity 1. 

We also carried out monthly monitoring (through visiting) to those farmers aiming at giving them advice and information as well as exchange different ideas. 

As a result, high quality- lemon grass has been expanded which helped to prevent soil erosion hence contributing to environmental protection.
 


Supplying of lemon grass planting tufts

More so, SORAK, our partner NGO in Uganda, bought harvested lemon grass from farmers and delivered them to SORAK’s distilling plant to produce lemon grass essential oils.



Delivery of harvested lemon grass

Producing lemon grass essential oil at distiller

Furthermore, the lemon grass (spent grass) was supplied to banana farmers. The spent grass helps them on weed and soil fertility management as a result of decomposition into organic matter such that there is high yield of high quality bananas. Such an efficient recycle!


The banana gardens

Their challenges are poor accessing of these banana gardens during heavy rains due to impassable road conditions. Another one is manual labor of the distillation process really requires much time hence causing delays. Therefore, the distillation plant or factory needs to be electrified so that it can help to reduce on the cost of distillation and number of hours it takes to produce the lemon grass.


Key achievements
  1.  All the 200 individuals were procured and supplied with lemon grass planting activities.
  2. The monthly monitoring visits have led to production of high quality lemon grass which has led to increased yields of essential oils.                            
  3. Increased banana yields from increased use of lemon spent grass. Here the grass is used as mulch which later decomposes into manure.

“The monitoring visits have enabled me produce high quality lemon grass as a result of interaction with the SORAK monitoring team” 
demonstrated by Mr. Gaad our lemon grass growing farmer.

This is the final report of 2017, fiscal report in 2017.

You can find the details of the reports below, 


We will proceed with this project through 2018! 


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




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2018年5月20日日曜日

Event: Sanyu! _No2 (Jun 9th,2018 sat @ Hamamatsu-cho, Tokyo)

Hello from Global Bridge Network (GBN)

Today, we are happy to announce out event, "Sanyu!_No2". 

This is a first event of this fiscal year 2018 for us in collaboration with African Dance Group!!
This even will be held in African restaurant '’Calabash’' in Hamamatsu-cho, you can enjoy dance, music, live-paint, and dance session with Ugandan people as well as African food! 

GBN will introduce Ugandan culture and 'lemon grass project' implemented in Mubende, Uganda with MOVIE, and there are lemon grass essential oil for sale. 
African crafts and accessory will be on sale as well.

You can enjoy! We are looking forward to meeting you!


Ms. Machiko Watanabe drew this cute painting for Sanyu!
We will prepare the postcard and T-shirts of this painting!
We are really appreciated for her contribution!!

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“Sanyu”means, “Happy” in Luganda(Uganda) language.

Global Bridge Network(GBN) collaboration with African style dance group, "STUDIO BARJARA DANCERS" and "African Taiko Kyoushitsu Djembe Players " in this event to introduce many varieties of African cultures


Let's enjoy some of African style dance shows and drum shows while learning about Ugandan culture.
We also have African crafts for sell .

The Proceeds got from this event will be used to facilitate GBN’s activity in Uganda.

So please come and support our cause!

We are looking forward to seeing you to our event!

・Date and time: June 9th, 2018 18:30~21:30
・Venue: African restaurant Calabash(http://www.calabash.co.jp/index.html)
(JR line, Hamamatsu-cho station)
・Program:
 18:30 Open
 19:30 Introducing GBN activities and Ugandan culture, Uganda Q&A session
 20:30 Dance & African drum show
 21:00 Uganda Dance Time
               ~Let's enjoy dancing with Ugandan〜 21:30 Close

・Entrance Fee :Advance registration 2,000 JPY At door 2,500 JPY
・Performer :STUDIO BARJARA DANCERS
       African Taiko Kyoushitsu Djembe Players
Global Bridge Network

・Contact: sanyu.event@gmail.com
・Application: https://ssl.form-mailer.jp/fms/67d31824571916
・Organizer: NPO法人Global Bridge Network
・Cordinator: Studio Barjara'
・In collaboration with: Uganda Diaspora Japan


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2018年5月10日木曜日

Report on “Support of 4 Sub-county leaders on carrying out field monitoring so as to fight wetland encroachment”


Hello again, this is Global Bridge Network (GBN)!

Our current report will still be about ‘Environmental Protection through Expanding Lemon grass growing and Education in Uganda’.

Furthermore, we shall also report about the activities conducted last year whose projects also managed to succeed very well. Happy to say!!

Last time, we urged the council to debate and discuss the possible by-laws ofenvironmental protection in the 4 sub counties in Oct 2017.

However this time, we carried out field monitoring to fight wetland encroachment by sub-county leaders.

Uncontrolled wetland vegetation burning

In our project area, endless wetland encroachment that has been caused by landfilling and burning of unsustainable farming activities by local people are resulting to massive environmental degradation. People are using Wetlands as their source of water. So they must be protected in order to solve uncertainties such as drought.

Therefore, we mobilized the sub-county leaders to visit and monitor the environmental degraded sites in their respective sub-county.

The field monitoring was attended by a total of 600 participants from 4 sub-counties that is to say, Kibalinga, Nabingoola, Kigando and Kasambya which were the same sub-counties last time.

Some factors leading to environmental degradation were also discovered during the monitoring process. Such as…


Environmental degradation through burning

Wetland encroachment arising through landfilling
Wetland reclamation caused by arable farming

Indiscriminate waste dumping in wetlands

However during the monitoring, some of the participants came up with some solutions to the ongoing problems.
  1. Carryout out regular site visits to stop further encroachment and degradation
  2. Sensitize community members about the dangers of wetland degradation and vegetation burning
  3. Arrest and punish encroachers 

In a month that followed the monitoring process and meetings were implemented: as shown in the photo below;

The district natural resources officer-makes measurements to mark wetland boundary 
In order to prevent further damage

In summary, the sub-county leaders witnessed the environmental degradation as well as wetland encroachment which made them clearly understand its concreate challenges and realized their roles on environmental protection.

Feedback meeting after filed monitoring

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)




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2018年5月1日火曜日

Report on “Sub-County councils to debate and discuss about "by-laws" on environmental protection”


Hello, this is Global Bridge Network (GBN)!

Today, we continue reporting on ‘Environmental Protection through Expanding Lemon grass growing and Education in Uganda’.

Last time, we had updated about the “Sub-County dialogue meetings based onovercoming environmental degradation which were implemented on Sep 2017.

This time, we carried out council debates to discuss the possible by-laws of environmental protection in the 4 sub counties in Oct 2017.

It seemed to be a difficult concept to understand but using the theme, “there are laws and regulations governing environmental protection, so let’s try to promote them”, we tried to awaken the sub-county leaders onto their own laws and regulation and as well encouraged them to promote them.

Furthermore, last time we focused on dialogue on environmental degradation, while this time we focused on a debate concerning by-laws of environmental protection.


Chairman Kibalinga sub-county council

These debates were attended by a total of 160 participants from 4 sub-counties such as Kibalinga, Nabingoola, Kigando and Kasambya which were the same sub-counties last time. Each council was represented by a number of 40 participants.

The Uganda National environment Act was enacted in1995 as the frame work law on environmental sustainable management and there are respective laws and regulations in each sub-county. However, continual communities encroaching wetlands causes environmental degradation and therefore, even if the laws and regulations exist, it is meaningless if there is no execution. Thus, firstly the communities should be aware of these laws that prohibit farming in wetlands hence creating a framework of executing of the laws and regulations.



説明を追加Environmental degradation through wetland land-filling

There were also some reactions from the participants during the debates.
  •   The sub-county as well as district leaders should continue sensitizing the general population about the dangers of degrading wetlands.
  •     The sub-county technical leaders were also encouraged to implement and enforce the laws governing the environment as stipulated in the National environment Act of 1995.
  •    The sub-county environmental committees were advised to elevate on their environmental monitoring skills. This would ensure that no harmful human activities are done in wetlands.

These debates became good opportunities for sub-county leaders to raise their awareness in regards to enforcing laws and regulations of by-laws of environmental protection.

You can find the details in the reports below,

We will continue encouraging and as well support sub-county leaders to actively engage in environmental protection by themselves.


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



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2018年3月11日日曜日

The LUSH charity bank will support our 2nd project!!


Hello, this is Global Bridge Network!

LUSH Charity Bank

We are so HAPPY to announce 
that we are now able to start our 2nd project on

‘Improvement of school environment to combat Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) challenges to Stop Adolescent GirlsSchool Dropouts in Uganda’ 

supported by a fund from Lush Charity Bank of Lush Japan.
We truly appreciate their continual support!



Training on Menstruation Sanitary Pad Making on the first project
Menstruation Sanitary pad made by a girl on the first project

Discussion about menstruation and hygiene management on the first project

In our first project, we conducted activities such as reusable sanitary pad making, session on Menstruation Hygiene Management (MHM), Sex education, and Gender awareness etc. 

We tried to involve not only girls but also boys, teachers, and parents. 

Boys attentively listening to the gender awareness session on our first project

Thus, the great impacts found were reducing boys from teasing girls and improving school support for girls by providing private space and encouraging students regarding MHM and Gender awareness. 

In addition to that, parents now openly discuss about menstruation with girls and many girls have got proper knowledge concerning MHM.  


Facilitator conducting Q&A session on Menstruation Hygiene Management

Regarding the 2nd project, we will establish a framework to sustain our first project by establishing MHM Peer clubs to conduct Child-child MHM training (students who received training in the1st project will this time act as the trainers to conduct the training), gender awareness and sex education. 

To also mobilize the community on providing support among vulnerable rural adolescent girls who find it hard to access factory made sanitary pads and missing schools. 

In addition, supply chain of sanitary pads will expand to the communities around the project area with affordable prices so that many girls are able to go to school during their time of periods.

Therefore, we are looking forward to improving girls’ educational environment and make their life better through collaboration with our partner NGO, SORAK.

Thank you so much for your support and cooperation!


*This project is supported by Lush Japan Co., Ltd.




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2018年2月25日日曜日

What is the effective sensitization ?!

Hello, this is Global Bridge Network (GBN)! 

This time, we are going to introduce SORAK’s unique method of sensitization.
When we conduct activities in the community, what is the best way to sensitize them? 

In my case, I’ve forgot the contents of lecture very quickly … Also, I couldn’t try any action which I learnt actually… This challenge always happens in the community in Uganda…

Not to forget the contents that people have learnt and to make any action, SORAK is trying to use the unique method. 

One of this ways is… “ Song! ”

For example, TV commercial using songs may sometimes make people input sounds in their head. 

SORAK composes many songs and also create drama shows (performance) to sensitize social problems. 

The students of a primary school called Precious Child Learning Centre which SORAK owns, perform with singing those songs. They show many challenges thorough singing songs. 

We would like to introduce one of these beautiful performances which is to improve the school environment to combat Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) challenges to Stop Adolescent Girls’ School Dropouts.



Let’s watch this movie!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGJOT5U69eo&feature=youtu.be

「NO MISSING LESSONS ANYMORE!」

NO MISSING LESSONS ANYMORE
DURING MY MESTRUATION PERIOD
THE GIRL CHILD NEED SANITARY PADS
THIS IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY MY PARENTS

“Once upon a time I remember the day was Monday I went to study at school but I dint know that it was my first time for menstruation period, we were in class both boys and girl children were questioned what had happened to me, even me I didn’t know for sure I did not know what had happened to me even at school there were no pads. I decided to use my hand kerchief and I went back at home. I was absurd I missed my lessons”.


The impact of being transmitted to other person will also change depending on the way of telling challenges. The greater the impact, the more it will lead to a change in behavior of that person.

Besides, SORAK conducts the drama show to sensitize HIV/AIDS.
There are a lot of unique and effective methods to sensitize community.

We are looking forward to seeing a new sensitization in next time!



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2018年2月24日土曜日

Report on “Sub County based dialogue meetings on overcoming environmental degradation”

Hello, this is Global Bridge Network (GBN)!

This time, we are going to report on ‘Environmental Protection through Expanding Lemon grass growing and Education in Uganda’.

GBN’s partner, SORAK was able to conduct four Sub County based dialogue meetings with Sub county leaders on challenges and ways of overcoming environmental degradation from Sep 2nd, 2017 to Sep 9th, 2017.

At these dialogue meetings, participants discussed challenges and possible ways of overcoming environmental degradation.

The dialogue meetings were attended by a total of 200 participants from Kibalinga, Nabingoola, Kigando and Kasambya sub-counties. Each dialogue meeting was attended by a number of 50 participants.
Sub county local leader gives a brief understanding of lemon grass
The purpose of the training is as follows;
1. The importance of lemongrass growing as a measure to environmental conservation
2. The need for sub county involvement in environmental protection and their maximum efforts to environmental conservation approaches like lemon grass growing.

Participants were explained that lemon grass growing can help protect the soils from erosion. Besides, sub-county leaders were encouraged to put in place the environmental protection policies enforced by the district and to involve their communities in lemongrass growing in order to protect the environment from degradation and as well improve on their livelihood.

After this dialogue meeting, one of the participants mentioned as follows;

“We thank Japan Fund for Global Environment of the Environmental Restoration and Conservation Agency for supporting the dialogue that has opened our eyes on how to overcome environmental degradation by practicing lemon grass growing”.

Sub county local focal person discussing major environmental concerns during the dialogue meeting at Kasambya sub county

Please review the details in the reports below,
4.Report on dialogue meeting with sub-county

We believe that the environmental protection policies will be enforced by the sub-county and the efforts to environmental protection will expand to sub-counties through telling its importance together with lemon grass growing to sub-county officials.

Thank you so much and see you soon!

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



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