Purpose Driven School
In December 2017, Eco Mama’s Uganda acquired 6.3 acres of land in Wakalenge Village near Jinja, Uganda. In the short time since acquiring the property a bore hole was drilled to provide easy access to clean water for our members and the community at large. Composting toilets were also built. A shipping container was moved onto the site where it has been repurposed and renovated into a classroom, storage and extensive covered outdoor educational space.
Our Community Garden has been a success from its infancy. Two acres has been allocated exclusively for demonstration gardens. With out team of Kenyan and Ugandan facilitators providing training to local community members, our demonstration gardens have been built from the ground up by hands-on certifiable workshops. This year, EMU community members receiving free education in bio intensive agriculture will form a CBO (Community Based Organization) as a means of formally banning together to utilize their new skill set and get their organic produce to the market for sale.
This project has gained recognition both nationally and internationally for its sustainability efforts.
Juliet Wakesa was mentored in holistic nutrition, herbal medicine and Biointensive farming practices from several avenues in the last five years. As a dedicated team member and integral part of EMG, Juliet travels to various communities around Kitale teaching women (primarily) how to grow their own food and about the nutritional benefits of the foods they’re growing and consuming. EMG allocates funds to Juliet’s salary so she can continue doing her valuable and much needed outreach work in Kitale.
By supporting EMG either by donation, volunteering, fundraising, or purchasing some of our Rudi Organics products, you do much more than send money for faculty and facilitators salaries to continue our work. People and projects are identified as they are presented to us, and may be eligible for support based on our annual budget for the year. Here are some of our beneficiaries:
His story and the impact EMG has had on his life
I was a few months to celebrating my 15th birthday when my mom passed on. Even though I was young to fully comprehend death, I knew I had lost someone special. On that fateful day I felt nudged to visit the hospital where she was receiving treatment. There was a flurry of activity in the ward wing where she had been admitted. A sombre mood had engulfed the place and none of my relatives spoke apart from my uncle who, while making frantic phone calls blabbed in dholuo dialect “Rose osetho”. I didn’t understand what it meant as I don’t speak any vernacular. Since no one was willing to tell me what had happened I left the hospital immediately with one mission; to find out the meaning of ‘osetho’ the foreign word I overheard mentioned alongside my mom’s name. A friend later confirmed my worst fears. “Seth, I’m sorry your mum has gone to be with the Lord.”
After 5 years on staff with us at EMG, in 2017 we were able to purchase an acre of land in the Simatwet area of Kitale, Kenya for Juliet...in her own name! In an area of the world where it is challenging for women to own land, it gave us great pleasure to be able to do this for our first International Eco Mama. Owning this land gives Juliet the opportunity to have a demonstration garden site, making it easier for her to continue her work for EMG and opens her outreach to more community members. She is also currently working on launching “Juliet’s Organics”, a new business to provide locals access to organic foods.
EMG has been educating the students and teachers at the Purpose Driven School in Biointensive farming practices and nutrition since 2015. In 2016, after accompanying the students on their daily water trek, it became apparent the need for a bore hole on the school grounds. The students were spending up to an hour and a half each day doing this trek to the closest water source for a basic necessity! With the installation of the bore hole in 2016, valuable time and energy has been freed up for better uses, and the health and wellbeing of the students and faculty has improved.
From 2009 to 2017 EMG was able to purchase mattresses, build compost toilets, and pay tuition for almost 20 orphan girls at Rosemary’s Girls Home. Rosemary is a single mother who brought these children into her home, simply because she could not stand to see them on the streets. After the sudden death of her husband in 2008, Rosemary had to resort to begging from local churches and organizations for help. Due to a lack of sustainability in providing funding for this group, EMG has not been able to provide tuition for the girls home. WE ARE CURRENTLY SEEKING SPONSORS FOR THIS PROJECT. Please email us to find out more. These young women are amazing and deserving of an education!
EMG is a proud sponsor of the Busoga Cycling Club in Jinja Uganda. We were able to sponsor 5 riders so they could participate in Pedal4Peace, a 6 day racing tour across Tanzania in April 2018. Also, in July 2018 we are sponsoring the cycling club so they can compete in the National Championship cycling competition in the Kabale District, Uganda.