JEEP strives to stop environmental destruction and promote efficient management of natural resources. The newsletter gives a monthly overview of our activities towards this mission. It provides small updates about project activities and gives insights about the events at our Folkecenter itself in the hope that the curious reader finds information worth knowing.
This October, JEEP was contracted by Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung (HRNS) Uganda to train its staff and 24 Community Resource Persons (CRPs) in the construction and maintenance of domestic energy saving stoves. These stoves serve to reduce strain on natural resources by an increased burning efficiency. As part of the consultancy, JEEP trained 8 HRNS staff and 24 Community Resource Persons (CRPs) and constructed 58 stoves in 12 cooperatives targeting 50 demo and 8 trial plot host households together with the staff and CRPs responsible for the respective areas as part of their practical hands-on training.
Additionally, several energy hub exhibitions where executed in Adjumani as part of Response to Increased Environmental Degradation and Promotion of Alternative Energy Sources in Refugee Hosting Districts (RED). The energy hub exhibitions serve as a means to provide more access to and increase demand for clean and affordable energy in homes, schools, hospitals, and trading centres. In addition, the hubs aimed at creating awareness, attracting the private sector, making technology accessible to communities, and creating a platform through which communities can lobby for improvements in the enabling environment.
Simultaneously, 2 institutional cook stoves were installed as part of the RED project. Maaji secondary schools and Mijale primary school, two schools in Adjumani District, got briefed on the construction and use of them. The stoves serve as a way to reduce firewood consumption and therefore diminish the strain on national forests. Schools offer an ideal position to install these stoves, because they tend to use huge amounts since they prepare food for all students.
Since firewood is scarce and getting ever scarcer, it is a source of conflict, especially in areas already strained by refugee settlements. 5 further institutional cook stoves were therefore – as part of RED – installed in refugee settlements and their host districts.
On 19th of October, we held another board meeting where we fine-tuned membership rules. Should you be willing to support JEEP, you are most welcome to do so with an annual group membership fee of 100,000 UGX or an individual membership fee of 20,000 UGX. In return, you will get access to trainings in entrepreneurial skills, knowledge related to the conservation of the environment, etc. Additionally, we would like to thank Dr. Bawubya and Mr. Kibuuka Emmanuel for their ongoing support in the last years and contributions to JEEP and wish them all the best in their next chapter of life. We welcome Mrs. Mulumba Jane and Mr. Luwata Philip to the JEEP family and are looking forward to working with them.
To conclude the month, we had the joy to participate in a get-together and hear from Save the Children UK’s Patron, Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, following her 4-day tour in Uganda. Over 50 staff members, supporters, partners and dignitaries came together to spotlight the needs of the most vulnerable children in Uganda and support a renewed commitment to address these needs. The special reception provided the opportunity to hear from several members of Save the Children’s catch up clubs and the impact they have. The Princess Royal then took to the stage and spoke of her time visiting Save the Childrens programmes in Kyangwali. She reminded us of words from one of Save the Childrens founders, Eglantyne Jebb: “Each generation of children offers mankind the possibility of rebuilding his ruin of a world.”
Join us in our quest to become a greener planet! Thanks for tuning in, until next time.