Growing fruit for children offers a unique chance to teach them about the importance of healthy foods and nutrition. Fruit trees take advantage of Mother Nature's, natural resources system and deliver shade, soil conditioning,food for human and wildlife. This program has among its components, issues that address health, water and sanitation, environmental awareness, tree planting with particular emphasis to multi purpose trees and species especially fruit trees for nutrition in schools
There are many primary and secondary schools in Lira district lacking good compounds suitable for studying i.e. lack shade trees. Cooking and water heating in all these schools is done using firewood which is now scarce thus experience feeding problems. As a result, there has been massive deforestation and in many schools, expenditure on firewood accounts for 50-60% of the total school's kitchen/boarding budget.Pupils lack access to nutritional values derived from fruits .
This project will encourage more children to taste and enjoy more fruit and vegetables and thereby reap the long-term benefits of consuming at least five portions a day recommended for good health as both children and adults. Tree planting is also a practical way of introducing and integrating Environmental Education in schools. Schools in different parts of the district can also be mobilized and trained fairly quickly, with minimal logistical/administrative cost implications
This project is to support and encourage schools to establish their own tree woodlots with emphasis on diversity in tree species, with a view to achieving self-sufficiency in firewood supply, improve on nutrition and make schools livable places adequate for study meanwhile make the difference in reversing environmental degradation in Uganda.This shall involve teachers, parents and the pupils. Fruit Tree species will range from Mangoes,Avocadoes, Jackfruits,Pawpaw, Passion fruits, Oranges,Guavas