| Jan 23, 2023
Native Seeds Project Complete
We’re excited to report that in 2021 we successfully said farewell to our Native Seeds Project in Gulu, Uganda. As a small non-profit, WildFF focuses on projects where we feel we can make a long-lasting impact. This entails creating an exit strategy, generally after 3-5 years, which entails integrating education and training with the local communities we partner with.
In 2015, WildFF started collaborating with the Wise Women Uganda (Mon Ma Ryek), a communitybased organization of women healers, to conserve and restore the forests of northern Uganda. We are proud that our work helped this community find new opportunities close to their heart after decades of civil war–and widespread forest loss:
— 130,000 native trees of 20 local varieties planted
— Provided the tools and training the community needs to implement landscape-scale restoration
— Funded literacy classes for the Wise Women and financially supported a VSLA, a community savings and microloans program
— Partnered with 130+ farmers to plant trees on their land
— Conducted numerous climate resilience workshops in each of the 10 communities
The program is now well-established with paid staff. It includes a seven-acre nursery and agroforest demonstration site, including two native tree nurseries, and hosts year-round programs that bring education, income-generating activities, and tree planting activities to 30 villages in the Gulu District.