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This time, we are going to report on ‘Environmental Protection through Expanding Lemon grass growing and Education in Uganda’
Actually, this is our first report regarding an Environmental Program in Uganda!
Objectives of the program
1. To train Youth and Women to protect and conserve the environment through involving them in lemongrass growing.
2. To discuss possible ways regarding environmental protection by laying strategies and ways of growing lemongrass.
4 trainings in total (Youth and Women 2 times respectively) were held in two different areas in Mubende. A total of 101 youth plus 99 women participated!
The trainings were also attended by the sub county chief and the chairperson which makes us believe that these people have a strong interest on environmental protection in their area.
Date of sessions：
Training for Women：20th April & 26th May 2017
Training for Youth：27th April & 1st June, 2017
Contents of the sessions are as follows,
Training course for the youth
① Sensitize them about the importance of lemongrass growing and promote a strong environmental conservation by the use of laws
② The need for the youth to know their current role in protecting the environment and the importance in engaging the youth in lemon grass growing
Training course for the women
① Sensitize them about the importance of lemongrass growing and it being an income generating activity plus a measure to improve livelihoods.
② Enlighten them about the highest levels of unemployment amongst women and the need for them to involve in environmental protection i.e. women’s maximum efforts to environmental restoration through using approaches like lemon grass growing.
These trainings successfully led to discuss pertinent issues causing the massive environmental deterioration in their area among participants including the sub county leading team, the women and youth. The trainings also enabled members to find a new direction in regards to considering lemongrass growing as a best practice towards environmental conservation and as an income generating activity as well.
One youth leader was quoted saying, “This training has really opened my eyes as I didn’t know that lemon grass can protect the environment and as well enable me earn money for a living. I will plant it as soon as the planting tuffs are distributed.”
By implementing these trainings, we have faith that the youth and women will realize that lemongrass growing is effective for environmental protection and income generation!
Please review the details in the reports below,
Next report will be about the field visit made by Ohnishi from GBN to monitor this project through visiting a youth who conducted lemon grass growing.
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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