Progress Continues in Uganda
Despite unimaginable challenges, the Kayunga community in Uganda continues to work to promote human values and sustainable development. Its most recent project is the Sunflower Project. Sunflower is a two-season crop. A bi-annual harvest provides for a more stable income source while lessening the impact of a poor growing season. Sunflower can be mix-cropped, allowing the growth of other crops like corn, sweet potatoes, or nuts. Sunflower seed can be consumed personally or can be sold. The rest of the plant can be used as animal feed.
The Butakoola Village Association for Development (BUVAD) is empowering community members through the cultivation of sunflower seed for oil, as opposed to the increasingly unprofitable but culturally popular coffee crop. Coffee has become unprofitable in Uganda for a variety of reasons including disease, climate change and international competition. For this reason BUVAD has turned to alternatives encouraging diversification of crops among Ugandan farmers.
Central to BUVAD's goals is the Sunflower Garden at St. Michael's Bwetyaaba Primary School, one of the pioneer farms. The purpose of this garden is to educate children on how to grow sunflower and how to make money from the crop. The students in the focal areas grow and harvest the seeds, BUVAD buys the produce from them and the students can use the money to buy lunch and school supplies that they otherwise may have gone without as observed in most schools.
Global Backpack Project commends BUVAD for the tireless work it is doing in the Kayunga District of Uganda and continues to actively support the children of Bwetyaaba Primary School by equipping them with sturdy backpacks and essential school supplies. At GBP, we envision a world which supports education for all girls and boys so they may reach their unlimited potential in school and life.
We hope you will join us at the Back-to-School Fun Run on September 2nd in Portland to help raise funds for children both locally and overseas. If you are not in Portland, please consider making a $20 donation to provide a new backpack and school supplies to one student at the Bwetyaaba Primary School. Together we can help children succeed in school, one pack at a time.
Thank you for your continued support!