Promote Resilient Livelihood activities, Diversification of Livelihoods and support Eco-centric Social-Economic activities to end poverty.
In Uganda, Natural resources constitute the primary source of livelihood for the majority of Ugandans. Indeed, the economy of Uganda depends on exploiting of the natural resources and will remain so for the foreseeable future. Management of these natural resources is therefore important and critical to Uganda`s long term development. The main strength of Uganda in the environment sector is that it is richly endowed with the bounties of nature – good soils and biodiversity, simple vegetation cover, attractive climate and abundant water resources. In some areas, these gifts of nature still remain intact, there by availing the opportunity to utilize them sustainably (VISION: 2025).
However, climate change which has started manifesting itself through increased frequency of extreme weather events such as droughts, floods and landslides, is posing a serious threat to Uganda`s natural resources, social and economic development. Climate change has already impacted on a number of communities making them more vulnerable hence the need for effective ecological adaptation.
This program has a lot of gains to all categories of people and professionals. The gains range from stopping climate change and preventing Natural calamities to ending poverty through Resilient livelihood adaptation and livelihood diversification. Volunteers, Internies and Researchers from a wide range of professional categories like Environmentalists, Agriculturalists, Social workers, Conservationists, Economists among others are encouraged to join our activities.
Volunteers work with professionals from each of the above area of specialty to complete any of the following activities;
Training Local Communities On Resilient Livelihoods Adaptation; For purposes of ending poverty, famine and climate change, we have got a number of activities that we have designed to provide alternative sources of livelihood for communities, keeping them away from Environmentally unfriendly farming practices like Wet land reclamation for rice growing, over grazing and deforestation that have dare consequences on human life and the environment. They include; brick making, upland rice growing, Aggro-forestry, Exotic live stock farming, bee keeping among others. The choice is wide, your specialty and choice is your volunteering activity here.
Livelihood Diversification; We clearly understand that the effect of failing to diversify our sources of livelihood is witnessed at increased levels of poverty, famine and environmental degradation. Over reliance on Agriculture to survive has always caused poverty and climate change in Africa. This is because Agriculture has a big toll on Natural Resources like Land and Forests. That is why we have always worked to promote Art and crafts industry, Music dance and drama for women groups, Brick making, Fish farming and micro enterprises. Volunteers works here with community leaders, our staff and other professional to train local communities in the above fields.
Uganda is a small country, relatively the size of England but endowed with a lot of Natural resources widely distributed across the country for you to see and explore. There are many mountains, rivers, lakes, games reserves, forest reserves, different cultures among others. Uganda is an exclusive safari destination from other African countries because of its large forested area with Afro-montage forest found mainly on Mount Elgon, Lowland rain forest and their openness gives you a stunning sight of the forest creatures like gorillas, chimpanzees, monkeys, butterflies and birds. If you go through the country’s National parks and game reserves, you are likely to encounter safari favorites like Lions, Gorillas, leopard, buffalo, elephant, giraffe and other several varieties of animals not found anywhere in Africa. Uganda has over 10 protected National Parks and game reserves. There are protected plain animals, forest environment, Savannah, and the related animals. Nevertheless the current one with tourist amenities include, Bwindi Impenetrable NP, Murchison falls national park, Semliki, Budongo, Kanyiyo and Pabidi forest reserves, Queen Elizabeth, Lake Mburo, Mgahinga.
Pick up Airport is Entebbe International Airport by one of the following VHI staff or Board members; Tiwa Bob, Higenyi James, Dagu Michael, Kwaga Jackline and Muhwana Michael. The driving time is 30 minuts to our Kampala office and 3 hours to project site.
The hotels are located between 150 meters and 12 kilometers away from our offices, a workable five minutes and 20 minutes driving distance respectively, are these accommodation facilities. Cleaned daily, double bed, internet, hot water shower are provided at no extra cost.
Meals includes; Breakfast ( a combination of eggs, bread, coffee, tea, sausages and others are served),
Lunch and supper of your choice is served ( this may be burgers, chicken chips, rice chicken, pizza among other local and international dishes with a drink of your choice).