Fruit trees for Uganda

by Grassroots Uganda- Empowering African Women
Fruit trees for Uganda
Fruit trees for Uganda
Fruit trees for Uganda
Fruit trees for Uganda
Fruit trees for Uganda
Fruit trees for Uganda
Fruit trees for Uganda
Fruit trees for Uganda
Fruit trees for Uganda
Fruit trees for Uganda

Project Report | Oct 26, 2016
Chameleons are friends!!!

By Lee Koelzer | Director

There are common misconceptions in the village which are fed by a lack of practical education.  For example- adults tell children that raw tomatoes are poisonous to prevent the kids from eating them. Then as the children grow up no one corrects this misconception, so they continue to believe raw tomatoes are poisonous and the ‘knowledge’ is passed down through generations. Ditto that are snakes are poisonous and will kill you- and lizards are basically snakes with legs so they should be killed too.

NO!!! I have had SO many instances in the village where I find a lizard and people all freak out about how it will poison me and I will die and how they have to kill it. Every time I protect the lizard, and if at all possible I physically handle the lizard bare handed to show people that the critter is actually harmless! Women and children scream, men are often afraid to come near, and some people have even mentioned that I must have whichcraft . BUT the upside? The misconception is proven to be bogus.

This is one of many issues we address with our agriculture program, and with giving out free fruit trees it is also important to educate people about the tree’s natural inhabitans. Why is it beneficial to have chameleons and other lizards in your garden? They eat bugs that harm you, your family, and your crops! They’ll chow down on grasshoppers, earwigs, soft bodied caterpillars, even termites and ants. Geckos on the ceiling in your house and on the veranda eat mosquitos that transmit malaria, house flies that spread disease, and cockroaches. Lizards are our FRIENDS and they should be treated as such. Or in the very least they should be left alone to live their lives symbiotically with ours.


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Grassroots Uganda- Empowering African Women

Location: Mukono - Uganda
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Grassroots Uganda- Empowering African Women
Lee Koelzer
Project Leader:
Lee Koelzer
Mukono , Mukono Uganda

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