Project Spotlight: Masaka Community Farm
Did you know that 3.75 million people die every year from scarce or contaminated water? Obtaining and drinking safe water in Africa is an enormous challenge, which is why our focus project is installing water catchment systems to significantly impact the Masaka farming community. Rainwater catchment units are affordable, durable and relatively easy to construct. By installing these systems, we provide a source of clean water to dozens of families, giving them the ability to grow enough food to feed their families and provide a source of income that will ultimately result in economic independence.
Journey into the heart of Africa where you are greeted by the smiling faces of your friends and partners in Uganda who cannot wait to welcome you proudly into their country. Take in the lush and fertile landscape of Uganda, shattering your preconceptions of a dry and arid region, as you make your way past Lake Victoria to rural Masaka. Walk down dirt roads to meet local community leaders and families as you orient yourself to your home for the next week and join in the community empowerment efforts. Jump right into your focus project providing clean water to hundreds of community members. Plant an orange tree and build a beehive, creating your legacy in this friendly and industrious farming community. Find yourself encircled by laughing schoolchildren eager to learn an English phrase or kick a soccer ball. Head North to Masindi where you come face-to-face with Africa's endangered White Rhino. Join the rangers in foot patrol and learn about rhino conservation efforts. Teach lessons in the local school house. Venture into Murchison Falls in the search for elephants, buffalo, hippos, bushback, and maybe even the allusive leopard. Journey back to Kampala for a final evening together as you reflect on your experiences and the impact that you have left behind.
Orientation and Acclimatization to Uganda
Bursting with anticipation for the weeks ahead, we make our way across the world to Kampala, Uganda, where we are welcomed by the smiling faces of our local partners. Jumping right into our orientation we take in the lush beauty of Uganda’s countryside as we make our way past Lake Victoria, to Masaka, our home for the next six days.
Community Empowerment & Water Catchment Systems
Finding ourselves immersed in the community of Masaka, we get right to work learning about the farm, the focal point of the community and the means of income for hundreds and hundreds of families. Known for its fertile soils, this part of Uganda is an agricultural haven, and it is through the community farm that families are able to successfully feed themselves and build a sustainable lifestyle. We break into groups to construct clean water catchment systems, first building the filters and then installing them into local homes. Throughout the next five days we complete our water project, plant orange trees, distribute seeds to nearby farms, assist with the piggery and lend our hands to the construction project on the bio-gas dome. Living amongst community members who were once extremely impoverished, we learn and understand each step of the process of finding economic independence.
Track Rhinos and Learn About Conservation Efforts
Due to poaching, rhino have been extinct in the state of Uganda since 1982. We have the opportunity to learn first hand about the conservation and rehabilitation efforts taking place in Uganda, as we witness these incredible animals in their natural habitat. We learn to track and monitor the animals day and night, help with animal rehabilitation efforts and take part in community outreach teaching English to local youth.
Search for Wildlife at Murchison Falls
Murchison Falls, Uganda’s largest national park where the Nile River drops 147 feet into expansive sparkling pools, is our base for the next two days. Home to elephants, giraffes, waterbuck, hippos, crocodiles and much more, we take in the natural beauty around us. Feeling the spray from the falls, if our luck is with us we might even spot the allusive leopard and spotted hyenas.