Beacon of Hope Uganda: Trees for Youth Development in Uganda Mukono, UgandaMukono, Uganda Year Founded: 2006 Organization type: nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector Project Stage: Start-Up Budget: $1,000 - $10,000 Website: http://beaconofhopeug.org/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/beaconofhopeugFacebook: https://facebook.com/beaconofhopeuganda/ Travel and tourism Education Youth development Climate change Conservation Project SummaryElevator Pitch Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences. Beacon of Hope Uganda designs and conducts programs which contribute to the welfare and social productivity of disadvantaged individuals and communities with an emphasis on women, children and youth. WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?" What if we don't plant new trees, how will the world look like in 100 years? About Project Problem: What problem is this project trying to address? Uganda has lost nearly a third of its forest in the last two decades and could lose most of its tree cover in about 40 years unless measures are quickly taken to reverse the situation, environmentalists have said. Since 1990, it has lost over 99 million trees, primarily for use as cooking fuel. Increased urbanization and rapid population growth are slowly but steadily impacting on the environment and little is being done to avert a looming crisis Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific! Beacon of Hope Uganda wants to teach kids and youth about sustainability, alternative energy, and respect for the earth because if it can engage them in active participation today, these people will be better prepared for the choices they will make in the future. Impact: How does it Work Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities. The project will also generate external benefits such as: • Providing additional nutrition to youth and their families; • Providing additional income from the sale of fruit, seeds, nuts, oils, and other products; • Providing additional income from the sale of seedlings which can be used to purchase items such as school uniforms and supplies; • Establishing additional projects such as vegetable production, apiculture, and animal husbandry; • Beautifying and reforesting lands that were deforested, and the trees Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years. The Trees Project is created to: • Facilitate tree nursery projects at village schools or on other nearby lands; • Plant trees; • Inspire environmental education in village schools; • Improve nutrition; • Boost economic development; and • Help reduce the impacts of global climate change. Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact? BoHU plans to plant 50,000 trees in 2014, the first year of the project. BoHU project goal is to help improve nutrition and food security, and raise incomes by implementing tree nursery projects at schools in rural villages in Uganda. BoHU has an aim to help make conservation and prudent management of natural resources a central focus of education in Uganda. Printer-friendly versionDownload PDF Comments I recently went to Uganda and participated in Beacon of Hope Uganda programs and I really enjoyed my volunteering Project in Uganda. Beacon of Hope was everything I was looking for! Everything went well, the hope centre project and the school is well organized. There are about 3 Isaacs at the centre and all the teachers I worked with were very kind and caring. I was able to get to know the Ugandan culture very well. The accommodation at the volunteer house in Mukono town was also comfortable and all meals well prepared, very tasty. 3 weeks was very short, every day at the hope centre was a new day for me, enjoyable and purposeful. My experience in Uganda ranks as one of my all time greatest. I struggled at first to keep up with the daily tasks and the conditions but after just a few days I loved everything. Everyone there never stopped smiling and laughing, no matter the day or how they felt. It was inspiring. Thank you BoHU team and see you soon!