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.
JEEP celebrated the World Environment Day on 5th June 2015. JEEP joined Government and other civil society organisations in Uganda to celebrate the day at Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School Kiteredde in Rakai District.
The global theme of this year’s World Environment Day was ‘Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet’ while the national theme was, “35 Million People, Limited Resources, Consume with Care.” These two themes serve as a wake-up call for us to take better stewardship of our natural resources to insure our survival and that of future generations. The well-being of humanity, the environment, and the functioning of the world’s economy ultimately depend upon the responsible management of the planet’s natural resources.
It was noted that there is mounting evidence that we are increasingly consuming far more resources than what the planet can produce sustainably. This is putting humanity at risk of hunger (food insecurity), drought, disease and death.
Currently, the majority of the population in Uganda depends on subsistence and rain-fed agriculture. 90 percent of them also rely on wood fuel as a source of energy. At an average annual growth rate of 3.03 per cent, Uganda’s population is projected to increase to 35.0 million in 2015 and to 47.4 million in 2025. This projected population growth is bound to exert more pressure on the existing natural resources which calls for adoption of sustainable production and consumption patterns.
JEEP applauds Government’s commitment of putting in place a number of policies, legal and institutional frameworks, to address environmental degradation and climate change. However, there is need for renewed commitment to effectively implement and translate these policies in to real action on ground. Under the KAL project (Renewable energy and Climate Change Mitigation in Uganda); JEEP is running to 2017, we advocate and lobby communities and leaders to protect the natural resources we enjoy – our wetlands, lakes, rivers, and forests; wildlife habitats and abundant farmland.
We need also to promote home-grown solutions – more so, solutions that put people at the centre of environment and natural resource protection. By harnessing our home-grown solutions, and preserving the natural resources that make Uganda the Pearl of Africa, we can show that sound environmental policies can go hand-in hand with economic development. So we should all consume the natural resources with care for our future generations.
On 29/04/2015, JEEP attended a fellowship meeting organized by Mpigi NGO forum. It took place at the district council chambers. This fellowship aimed at providing space for review of the civil society engagement in development of Mpigi district, Over view of challenges faced by civil society organizations and among these included; Duplication of activities in district by NGOs, Political interference in NGOs activities.
The Chief Administration Officer (CAO) of Mpigi District encouraged NGOs to share their activity reports with district community development officer and Natural resource officer every quota.
JEEP staff (in maroon shirt) raising a challenges
Seniors Without Borders (SWB) from Denmark under the leadership of Poul Kroijer visited Joint Energy and Environment Project on the 31 August 2014, thereafter proceeded to Mount Elgon area led by Paul Muganga from JEEP for a study tour during the first week of September.
|The study tour was significant for new members of SWB to learn about the past projects that SWB had executed in the Mt. Elgon region and Budaka. These past joint projects included: solar panel installation with a charging station for mobile phones, construction of energy saving stoves, briquettes production, tree planting and tree nursery establishment.The Danish team had also planned to visit Moroto, however, due to the heavy rains then and poor roads, the plan was postponed for the future.The team had time to prepare for two new projects: Environmental Awareness project which will take place in seven districts and a water garden stuff project in Budaka and Sipi.
The participants were enthusiastic about the field trip and expressed high praise for JEEP for its environmental work in Uganda.
Several of the participants were sure that it would not be long before they were back in Uganda.
Study tour for new members of SWB in Mt. Elgon region and Budaka
SWB visiting tree nurseries – Budaka
My name is Anamaj Mathiesen from Denmark working with Joint Energy and Environment Projects (JEEP) for four months as an Intern.
I arrived in Uganda in the month of August, 2014 having been granted a placement to do an internship with JEEP in November 2013.
I was warmly welcomed by all JEEP staff and that made me feel like a member of the JEEP family. Since August, I have been facilitating JEEP projects at the demonstration center and in the different regions of Uganda, using my entrepreneurial knowledge and innovative skills having studied at a Masters level in Innovation, Knowledge and Entrepreneurial dynamics from Denmark. Some of the projects I have facilitated together with JEEP staff were training forty farmers from Kitgum and Pader in August 19th 2014 under the Lutheran World Federation organization in constructing the energy saving stove – Rocket Lorena stove, where I helped preparing the clay for making an energy saving stove. It was an interesting experience for me to follow the process of making a stove from scratch and see the participant’s learn more about the efficiency of the Rocket Lorena energy stove in cooking faster, emittings less smoke through a chimney and how using it prevents accidents.
Participants were happy to tour the center and learn about diverse renewable energy technologies and sustainable agricultural practices implemented by JEEP.
I have facilitated awareness seminars under the KAL project for communities and sub – county leaders in Kasese, Arua and Kamuli districts. The current task that I am implementing is designing a new solar project for Kyanja in Mpigi district.
Preparing anthill soil to construct Rocket Lorena Energy Saving Stove at JEEP folkecenter – Uganda
Something I really love about Uganda is the food! At JEEP we get lunch each day and I always look forward to it.
After a week in Kampala, I went on a study tour trip in September to Mt. Elgon region and Budaka district located in eastern Uganda with Seniors Without Borders – a team from Denmark and a partner of JEEP. I experienced villages, schools, tree nurseries, hospitals and a lot more! Here I fell in love with Uganda; the nature is beautiful!
When I returned to JEEP in Kampala all the staff had returned from their field trips and those who had travelled to Denmark. I received another warm welcome.
The following week, I got the opportunity to go to Kamuli district for KAL awareness seminars. It was very interesting to experience the cultures in Busoga – eastern region and also learn how meetings, office procedures, other activities are conducted in Uganda!
Dr. Ulrich Schmidt, a German expert in entomology, arrived in Kampala on Wednesday, 20.08.2014, to support JEEP in the project concerning the establishment of an insect museum for the education of the Ugandan natives about harmful and harmless insects and the management of harmonious human life with insects. Why insects? These living organisms are part of the biodiversity and influence the life of the people in a massive way and the knowledge and behavior of insects is low.
The expert compiled useful information about the insect project and the planned “insect” museum based at Joint Energy and Environment Projects (JEEP) Kampala, which is in the preparation process as the Uganda Mobile Museum (UMM) to reach a mammoth community. This mobility will ensure that the exhibitions are more flexible, effective and carried out in a larger region where residents live, in villages, schools, health centers and other institutions unlike a “normal” museum. During the exhibition, children will participate in the insect collection as way of getting in touch with nature and learning in what Dr. Schmidt referred to as “Edutainment”.
Dr. Schmidt in Bugiri, Bogasa – a region where many people are affected by jiggers and other insects. The expert traveled to assess the current situation and to talk to the representatives of the village.
In future, JEEP will conduct a training on how to live and prevent harmful jiggers in these communities.
CERP – Community Environment Resource Persons/ Lutheran World Federation team from Pader and Kitgum district
CERP – Community Environment Resource Persons/ Lutheran World Federation team from Pader and Kitgum district
On the 20.08.2014, through PELUM (Participatory Environmental Land Use Management) coordination and networking with different organization, 40 farmer groups under Lutheran World Federation (LWF), were trained by JEEP in constructing energy saving stove – particularly in building the (Rocket Lorena Stove) at the JEEP folke center.
During the one day training, participants learned that the Rocket Lorena energy saving stove is efficient in cooking faster while emitting less smoke through a chimney and prevents accidents.
Participants had the opportunity to tour the center and learn about diverse renewable energy technologies and sustainable agricultural practices.
40 farmer groups under Lutheran World Federation (LWF) learning about the efficiency of the Rocket Lorena energy saving stove at the JEEP Center
My name is Monika Hellenthal and I will work at JEEP as a volunteer for one year. Due to my studies of Renewable Energies, I have knowledge about energy and environmental projects which i am now contributing toward JEEP projects.
During my studies, I specialized on biogas and worked for one year in Peru (South America), with a small scale biogas installation, so I was pleased to see that JEEP has its own biogas plant and is planning to research and implement more in the field of biogas.
I was really excited to come here for the first time to see the staff, office and compound of JEEP and to get to know the different projects and activities.
Monika Hellenthal , A volunteer from Germany working with JEEP
I arrived in the beginning of August at the airport in Entebbe and spent the first week together with the other German volunteers, who are now working on different projects wide-spread across Uganda. When we arrived at JEEP, I was really happy to see that there are still some areas of nature and silence left in Kampala. I felt comfortable from the first step I took at the site of JEEP.
Together with the other volunteers we did a tour around the JEEP property and it was amazing to see in how many different activities JEEP is involved. There are growing many useful plants, like for alimentation or medical purposes. Besides the plants, they dispose of differently designed energy saving stoves made out of clay. There are trainings held to show how to build your own stove that helps the rural inhabitants to save firewood and charcoal.
Monika touring the center and assessing the Bio gas plant at JEEP
Monika and all the new volunteers from Artefact – Germany visited JEEP on 13.08.2014. Their tour involved learning about renewable energy technologies and sources.
I am looking forward to working together with JEEP during my stay in Uganda and I am sure it will be an exciting experience!
Bishop Hannington Mutebi, JEEP Board member invited seventy one women from Kampala Dioceses Church of Uganda and on 12th July 2014, JEEP organized a demonstration tour for these visitors who learned about renewable energy sources and technologies some of which: energy saving stoves like for household and institutions Shielded stoves, Rocket Lorena stoves has two saucepan seats (mud stove which cooks 2 pot holes), Parabolic solar stove, Mwoto stove, Sarai cooker.
The groups of women visitors were enthusiastic to know that the JEEP office is powered by an earth friendly energy – solar and diverse solar technologies were displayed for them to see like the solar little sun, sunking pro, sunking solo, hay basket, bottle house made out of plastic bottles and soap making project.
JEEP believes that when a girl or woman is educated, then a whole nation is educated, therefore motivating women to kick out kerosene (a health pollutant hazard to women and children who spend long hours cooking with firewood) out of their households and switch to the earth – friendly solar energy was a tremendous success during this demonstration tour. JEEP appreciates all the Board members and a heartfelt gratitude to Bishop Hannington for this approach – keep going!
The groups of women visitors learning about bio gas as an alternative renewable energy that they could switch to.
JEEP staff elaborating how the bio gas is produced
Reuse Reduce and Recycle is the environmental protection message being passed on from the JEEP staff to the women visitors to ensure they reuse or recycle wastes in their communities like displayed baskets made from plastics materials
The theme for WDCD 2014 is, “Land belongs to the future, lets Climate Proof it”. The purpose of this event which took place at Sekulo Primary School on the 16th – 17th in Budaka District located in Eastern Uganda was to raise awareness while demonstrating to communities the sustainable land management and climate smart land use technologies/practices.
Although Budaka is one of the 5 districts implementing the project “enhancing adoption of climate smart agriculture in Uganda’s farming systems”, the district was chosen to host this year’s event because it has experienced severe land degradation in the past.
The WDCD is commemorated annually on the 17th June, since 1994 when the United Nations General Assembly declared the importance of promoting public awareness to combat desertification through the initiative of country partners, international organizations, non – governmental organizations and other significant stakeholders.
The WDCD is a reminder to the public that desertification which is product of climate variation and human activity, can be effectively eradicated through community participation and co –operation at all levels.
With collaboration and support from (Participatory Ecological Land Use Management) PELUM organization, JEEP attended, exhibited and celebrated the World Day to Combat Desertification to clearly demonstrate its national commitment to raise public awareness of the dangers of climate change; human activities like land degradation.