1. Karambi

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    Karambi Group of People with Disabilities was founded in 1995 by a group of people with disabilities in response to the discrimination, isolation and exclusion faced by people with disabilities (PWDs) within Ugandan society.

    Karambi Group of People creates a model of inclusion for persons with disabilities by promoting human rights, accessibility to social services for PWDs, economic empowerment and skill development; ensuring availability of food and increased income among persons with disabilities; and respecting nature by involving them in environmental conservation.

    It has rehabilitated 350 PWDs, economically empowered over 140, and trained 75 in permaculture.

    On its six acres of land, it has established a food forest, permaculture gardens and an irrigation system that is enabling it to produce organic foods in all seasons throughout the year.

    It also operates a skill training and demonstration centre and has scaled down permaculture to primary schools, so that young people can learn how to work with nature while producing the needed nutritious foods.

  2. YICE Uganda

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    YICE Uganda works with refugees in Bukompe refugee settlement and the neighbouring communities, seeking to provide smallholder farmers with access to regenerative agricultural training and flexible financial services to reduce hunger and poverty.

    Bukome Refugee camp is one of the smallest camps in Uganda and attracts little attention from local government and development partners. The camp is home to over 2800 refugees, 75% of whom are women and children. Over 90% of the households survive on small-scale farming and  grow on the same pieces of land every season.

    They are consequently forced to use fertilizers and dangerous pesticides on their farms, which affects local biodiversity, degrades the soil, reduces food productivity and has led to food insecurity, poor child feeding and a lack of income. Massive deforestation for charcoal burning has also occurred in the area.

    YICE Uganda has been working in Bukompe refugee settlement to engage the camp’s residents around sustainable farming techniques (including Permaculture, tree planting and the production and use of organic fertilizers). Over 100 women farmers have been trained in Permaculture farming, and 20 Permaculture gardens have been established.

  3. SCOPE Uganda

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    In September 2014, several Ugandan organizations came together to form the Schools and Colleges Permaculture Program (SCOPE) Uganda. In doing so, they aimed to create a ‘common space’ that encouraged information sharing and collaboration between like-minded organisations.

    It was hoped that Permaculture’s principles could be taught nationwide, better preparing Ugandans for the challenges presented by climate change.

    In a nation where 70% of the population is under 25 and nearly 50% is under 14, it was clear that schools had to be the entry point into communities.

    Now a network of 23 organizations, SCOPE Uganda works with schools to ensure youth gain the practical skills education needed to foster ecological, climate-smart and sustainable landscapes. Integrated land use design and Permaculture education is used to create food forests on previously barren school compounds. By targeting rural areas (as opposed to urban areas), its work directly supports areas that feel the burden of food insecurity more.

    SCOPE Uganda has so far worked with 3766 youth and 159 teachers to create, maintain and monitor eleven Food Forests in seven different districts.