Climate and Biodiversity Initiative

To create an impactful resilient generation that restores and replenishes nature and empowers the most vulnerable people.

Vision

Championing harmonious living between people and nature through empowering people, improving wellbeing and restoring nature.

This is a youth-led initiative in Uganda established to; To facilitate an impactful resilient generation that restores /replenishes nature and empowers the most vulnerable people. Our work explores broad social- economic and environmental areas such as climate change, activism ,environmental degradation, and skilling the youth, sustainable development, gender equity, refugees and governance among others. One of the key themes the initiative focuses on is raising climate change awareness and nurturing activism in Uganda and the world at large.

What we do

Uniting and empowering youth, women, children and grassroots to restore nature, adapt to and mitigate climate change.

Projects

The Trees for Life

In this project, we aim to restore degraded land, fight deforestation and replenish both our environment and communities. We are focusing planting on fruit trees to contribute to healthy communities and restoring native tree species and non-invasive tree species. We are committed to planting not less than 1M trees in two years. Our approach involves planting trees in schools with students and teachers as stewards, planting in institutions that agree to take good care of the trees, in community land, during the commemoration of national and international days and birthdays.

Our approach

We are using tree planting as one way to educate the masses about environmental
conservation and spreading climate change preparedness.
We are mentoring school and community tree pioneers who will continue planting
trees and protecting the environment
We collaborate with technical foresters to ensure we plant the right tree in the right
place for the right reason.

Trees give us life, why not protect, and restore them? Support us by donating to purchase and plant trees.

Climate Change Awareness and Resilient Communities (CCARC).

Raising climate change awareness in the most vulnerable population and nurturing activism in Uganda is one of the key foci. The climate change reality is unequal and unjust. Those that contributed the least are suffering the most and do not have much information on the crisis, how to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Faced with pests, droughts, landslides, floods and unpredictable seasons leading to loss of lives, incomes, property, culture is the reason we should act on climate change now!

The national curriculum does not integrate climate education, we are taking leadership on this by:

We hold climate change / environmental awareness and innovation competitions in
primary, secondary schools and universities. Through: art, poetry, essays etc
We will be nurturing innovative climate-smart and low carbon youth initiatives for a
net-zero future.
We will mentor young activists and facilitate them to become 21-century leaders to
solve environmental and social-economic problems.
We organize online and in-person events to raise climate change awareness and
organize campaigns on climate justice, wildlife conservation, end deforestation and
swamp degradation, end plastic pollution and all crucial causes.
We train and build capacity for the youth, women and communities in tree
management, nursey bed operations, clean energy and briquette making and
entrepreneurship
We collaborate and advocate for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Peace,
justice and Security.

WASH Project

An estimated 450 school days could be gained if the Sustainable Development Goals related to safe water supply and sanitation are achieved and the incidence of diarrhoeal illness is reduced.
One way of achieving this is by providing schools with safe drinking water, improved sanitation facilities and hygiene education that encourages the development of healthy behaviors for life. This strategic approach is known as Water, Sanitation and hygiene.

The strategy helps fulfill children’s rights to health, education and participation, and has been widely recognized for its significant contribution particularly those related to providing access to primary education,reducing child mortality, improving water and sanitation, and promoting gender equality.

WASH in Schools not only promotes hygiene and increases access to quality education but also supports national and local interventions to establish equitable, sustainable access to safe water and basic sanitation services in schools. Poor sanitation, water scarcity, inferior water quality and inappropriate hygiene behavior are disastrous for infants and young children and are a major cause of mortality for children under five. Those conditions are also detrimental to the health of school-aged children, who spend long hours in schools. The physical environment and cleanliness of a school facility can significantly affect the health and well-being of children. Disease spreads quickly in cramped spaces with limited ventilation, where hand-washing facilities or soap are not available, and where toilets are in disrepair. Too often, schools are places where children become ill.

Objectives of this project

WASH in Schools aims to improve the health and learning performance of school-aged  children – and, by extension, that of their families – by reducing the incidence of water and sanitation-related diseases. Every child friendly school requires appropriate WASH initiatives that keep the school environment clean and free of smells and inhibit the transmission of harmful bacteria, 

WASH in Schools also focuses on the development of life skills and the mobilization and involvement of parents, communities, governments and institutions to work together to improve hygiene, water and sanitation conditions. 

While there are many approaches based on differing cultural insights and environmental and social realities, any 

WASH in Schools intervention should include:

1. Sustainable, safe water supply points, hand-washing stands and sanitation facilities;

2. Fully integrated life skills education, focusing on key hygiene behaviors for schoolchildren and using participatory teaching techniques; 

3. Outreach to families and the wider community.

Climate Education

Climate change due to environmental degradation and deforestation has taken a large toll on world’s economy in greater ways than we are comfortable admitting. In 2008, a report by LTS International showed that the average temperature in Uganda would increase by 1.50C by in the next 20 years, and it would be up by 4.30C by the 2080s. This calls for quick action. As such, you would think that the government is putting in a large effort in educating the young generation about how to protect and preserve the environment so as to curb the impending danger, but Alas! The efforts are little to none. There are still large gaps in the implementation of the climate education that was introduced by the government, and these are what our climate education campaign and Trees for Life Green Schools Project is seeking to fill. 

Objectives of this project

To help school going children understand and address the impacts of climate crisis, empowering them with the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes needed to act as agents of change
 
Increase participation in and understanding knowledge of climate change impacts related to environmental protection so that students learn the importance of being a good steward 
 
To provide success stories about what school going children and others are doing to help protect and conserve that natural environment to encourage schools and class rooms to learn outside and take action
 
To enable school going children understand their role in protecting and conserving the natural environment

Hope and leadership Programme (HLP)

We are working to empower the most vulnerable children, refugees and girls. Those facing child and gender-based violence, those denied the right to education or have no access to basic needs. The programme advocates for gender equity and imparts the young people we support with life and leadership skills for sustained wellbeing and a brighter future.

We appreciate life and the people around us. We cannot achieve any of our goals if our girls are not in school, are homeless, sexually abused, children lost etc, that's why we have several projects and programs to include everyone.

- Atuheire Rowena

What we are trying to do

In the education and leadership project, we adopt on-ground transparent
due diligence to single out the most vulnerable refugees, young children, girls and
boys that have faced violence, who without support are unable to access education.
We support them by paying school fees, books, pens and other scholastic materials.
So far, we are in pipeline of supporting 2 out 10 identified children due to resource constraints.  
Unemployment and limited entrepreneurial skills are some of the key challenges
facing the youth in Uganda. Our skilling aspect of the programme aims to create a
lasting solution to challenges being faced by various groups of people identified e.g.
the refugees, youth in urban and rural areas with no resources, including people with
passion in different areas. The program will equip people of different age groups with
hands-on skills, business development skills to enable them to start and sustain their ventures. 
Skills will include; climate-smart gardening, digital marketing, bakery, welding,
sewing, design, weaving, tourism and hospitality. 
We envision establishing a Skills and Leadership Centre in the future.

Your donation will aid us in sustainably supporting more children and if you would like to directly support any of the children, please get in touch us peopleandnatureinitiative@gmail.com

Meet The Team​

Mugisa Paul

Co-Founder

Ugandan climate change activist and humanitarian. Paul is a graduate of a bachelor’s degree in science education biology and chemistry. 
Paul is currently pursuing a second bachelor’s degree in environmental science and management at Kampala International university. He conducts charitable work in schools, hospitals and refugee camps. He advocates for free domestic violence families and communities, advocates for girl child education, promotes a good healthcare system for the girl child on the African continent. 
Paul advocates for environmental conservation and biodiversity protection measures.

Rose Kobusinge

Support Team

Ugandan climate justice activist and humanitarian. She is a graduate of a master’s in environmental change and management from the University of Oxford. Rose is currently pursuing postgraduate research in sustainable energy futures in displaced settings. In her free time, she organizes, hosts, speaks and moderates youth events on climate action, activism, conservation and sustainable development. Her passions include; advancing climate and social justice, the inclusion of African youth voices in climate action, biodiversity conservation, social inclusion and empowerment of the most vulnerable children, women, youth and refugees.

Atuheire Rowena

Secretary

A graduate of Makerere University Business School with a bachelor’s degree in commerce. I am passionate about climate change, women, girls and refugees rights.