My husband and I recently returned from visiting a CAFOD project organised by Fr Deogratias in Hoima Uganda. He has set up a Green for Life project with a grant received from CAFOD. He also has a Piggery project which is partly funding by our parish of St Teresa in Princes Risborough.
The aim of the Green for Life project is to educate young people about Climate change and the need to protect the environment. Young people, schools, and households will be educated about utilizing and protecting the environment whilst supporting the creation of green zones by planting trees. The project will make a contribution towards reforestation and natural resource protection around Hoima.
The project was started in April 2016 with a grant of £3,000 from CAFOD. Six different tree seed varieties have been planted. When the seeds germinate they are separated out in to single seedling and placed in a small pots. When the seedlings are big enough they will be given free of charge to schools for the children to plant to prevent deforestation as wood is the main source of energy used for cooking . Some of the plants will be sold to sustain the project.
Fr Deogratias gave us the names of the trees planted : Eucalyptus, Musizi (a hardwood which can take 20 years to mature!), Mahogany, Mirira (soft wood), Muvla (hardwood).
My husband and I were so inspired by all Fr Deogratias has done in such a short time and his efforts in tackling Climate change in is home town.
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Written by Marie Pennell