Joint Energy and Environment Projects (JEEP) organized the Annual General Meeting for Board of Directors, JEEP staff and JEEP members from the districts of Amuria, Mukono, Luweero, Arua, Tororo, Mpigi, Wakiso, Kampala, the meeting took place on the 14th of November 2015 at the JEEP offices at Kyanja along Gayaza Road. The issues which were discussed in the meeting included Reading previous AGM minutes, Reports on JEEP projects, JEEP members reported the impacts of JEEP projects in their areas, jJEEP gave reports on activities carried out, the income and expenditure of the funds, Reactions to reports, Ratification of Board and constitution and Way forward
On 14th November 2015 JEEP celebrated their 10th Anniversary at their home JEEP folkecenter in Kyanja. The celebration began with marching by the participants around Kyanja trading center. JEEP exhibited different types of renewable energy at the center where by many people from different district were so excited to see these technologies how they work. All JEEP members from various districts, schools and other invited guests celebrated together with JEEP staff. The Board of directors represented by Dr. Ssekamatte Ben welcomed the visitors to the ceremony , he informed the visitors that JEEP has been in existence for over a decade and thanked the staff and administration for the work, he thanked MS Uganda for assisting JEEP with getting for the center and partners such as the Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy (NFRE), FAO, Merkur bank, Energi Nord and other partners who continue funding JEEP. He informed the participants that Energi Nord has donated a number of lamps and requested corporate companies like banks to do so, JEEP is involved in many projects across the country in districts such as Kasese, Mpigi, Bududa, he requested participants to carry out at least one environment activity i.e. solar, tree planting in their areas. He concluded the speech by emphasizing JEEP’s mission which is “A safe environment for a sure future”
On 5th November JEEP hosted a group of 15 students from Butende Technical Institute for briquette training. The group comprised of students doing woodwork and metal fabrication and two teachers. The selection was good for the training.
The training started with tour around the centre. The purpose of the tour is to have them get insight of what JEEP does. They were interested in almost all the technologies at the centre. They raised a lot of questions concerning different technologies. They had theory session about materials for briquette making and finally practical work on briquette.
The Students were advised to implement what they had learnt and for institute to include some of these technology in their training course.
Butende student mixing charcoal dust in the mixer
On Friday 16th October JEEP was invited by Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Uganda to take part in the exhibition which took place in Fort Portal municipality, Kabarole District. JEEP exhibited different renewable energy technologies like solar products, energy saving stoves, water filters, briquettes, tree planting, fireless basket, creating awareness and other technologies. The guest of honour was H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni the president of Uganda. People praised JEEP for educating people about products that save life and money.
The theme of this 2015’s celebration; “Social protection and agriculture; breaking the cycle of rural poverty,”
JEEP exhibited Renewable Energy technologies at The Non Communicable Diseases Alliance (NCD) awareness function in Kireka
On Saturday the 10th of October 2015, JEEP was invited to take part in the exhibition of Uganda NCD Alliance: Kick off Campaign on the key risk factors of NCDs that took place at Kirema -Kireka Rehabilitation Center Ground. JEEP exhibited the energy saving technologies to people. People were told the benefits of using solar in substitutes on kerosene lamps. Some of the participating foundations were the Uganda Diabetes Association (UDA), Uganda Heart Research Foundation (UHRF), Uganda Cancer Society (UCS) and Joint Energy and Environment Projects (JEEP)
As usual JEEP warmly welcomed 2 volunteers in October, Desiree Landerer from Artefact Germany, she is one of many that have been volunteering with JEEP as per our agreement. One for internship at JEEP IS Oda N Kabura from Aalborg University in Denmark, the two are young and very active.
The leaders from Nakawa Sub County in Kampala district visited JEEP Folkecenter to see what JEEP was doing. The team led by sub county chief Haji Ahmed Matovu after touring the centre, expressed their happiness to see an NGO that has done great work in Uganda since 1983. They thanked the founder members, the board and the staff for managing the NGO for such a long period and educating Buganda and Uganda at large. They promised to mobilize the top leaders in the kingdom including the king. The visit indicates the importance of JEEP Advocacy and Lobbying project, KAL targeting leaders.
Buganda representatives from Buganda kingdom Hajji Ahmed Matovu and his group from Nakawa Sub County visited JEEP Folkecenter to see and learn different types of Renewable energy technologies and how to conserve the environment.
On the 10th -12th /5/15, SAREPTA Women’s group Bukoba Tanzania ( 4 female and 2 male) travelled to JEEP for training in energy saving stoves, briquette making, field visit to Wabutungulu solar hub and a partnership meeting with JEEP. SAREPTA Women’s group which is a partners of Morsoe Third World Association in Denmark.
As a fundraising tool, in June, JEEP managed to hire out for the first time its natural compound to host a wedding on Saturday 13th June. The wedding attracted 500 guests who were impressed by the cool, green and clean gardens. A lot was learnt and JEEP staffs are in concrete plans to see how to improve the venue for future activities as a sustainability Fundraising strategy for JEEP.
On 16th and 17th of June 2015, JEEP staff Racheal, Kevine, Terah represented and participated in the World Day to combat Desertification celebration with other Environmental organisations held at Kibwera Primary School, Mabona ward,Isingiro town council in Isingiro district West of Uganda; This years’ theme was “Attainment of Food Security for All through Sustainable Food Systems”.
JEEP exhibited and demonstrated best agro forestry practices and boundary tree planting; Clean energy saving stoves (the mud stove, glow stove and salai cooker; affordable household water filters, solar lamps and the basket food cooker/flask technology
With this year slogan ‘No such thing as a free lunch; Invest in healthy soil’, 2015 observance calls were:
(1) A change in our land use practices through smart agriculture and adaptation to changing climate, especially in the dry fragile parts of the world where food shortages are becoming more and more severe.
(2) Access to technology and land rights for small holder farmers who safeguard the environment and meet the food needs of millions of households, especially among the poorest households.
(3) A balance in the land use for ecology and consumption, drawing on the best practices.
(4) More investments in sustainable land practices so that sustainable food systems become the normal practice and
(5) More effective action on desertification whose effects on security, peace and stability are invisible yet real for the affected countries due especially to food and water scarcity and environmentally forced migration.
Hon. Rwamirami Bright was the Guest of honour in charge of State Minister for Agriculture Animal industry and Fisheries.