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What have we been up to in Uganda?

At the start of June, we donated £175.00 to our partners, The Zuri Project Uganda, to support development projects in a coffee growing region in Uganda. After consultation with our Ugandan partners, we've decided that this money will be used to facilitate a process known as 'gap filling' at our coffee plantation at Kihembe Community Vocational Secondary School. Since we opened our doors in 2017, we're proud to say that we've planted 1500 coffee trees at the school site as part of our commitment to sustainable community development in Uganda. We're growing our coffee organically, and due to unavoidable challenges such as pests and too much sunshine due to climate change, many of the trees that we've planted have died....

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Happy Martyrs Day

Martyrs day is a big deal in Uganda, with many people literally walking across the country to celebrate and commemorate. However due to COVID19, this year's Martyrs day will be noticeably different. Ugandans are very religious in general and Martyrs day is a day where Christians come together to remember the persecution and ultimate murder of Christians who were put to death for their religious beliefs between the period of November 1885 and December 1887. Given the significance of the term 'martyr' - many Ugandans celebrate June 3rd as a way of respecting the fact that throughout history, many believers preferred death to the renunciation of their religious beliefs. Even if you're not religious, I believe there's an important lesson...

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A new kitchen during lockdown in Uganda!

We thought that we'd bring you some good news from The Zuri Project. In spite of being locked down by COVID-19, the team in Uganda managed to build a new kitchen at Kishunju Nursery & Primary School. Read on to hear more about it! Just before the nationally enforced lock down due to COVID-19 began, our team in Uganda were busy constructing a new kitchen block at Kishunju Nursery and Primary School. Back at the beginning of March, we held a meeting at Kishunju with the board members of the school, the teaching staff and members of the PTA to listen to their concerns and to learn about their priorities for the school going forward. The meeting was fruitful and...

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Locked down in Uganda

I've seen reports on various media sources about UK nationals being 'stranded' in various locations across the world, including Uganda.  Although I may be categorised in that bracket, I certainly wouldn't say I'm stranded! Uganda is a beautiful place at the best of times and during this lockdown, the peace and tranquility of the Ugandan countryside has been grounding.  It seems that COVID-19 has effected almost every country on earth and Uganda is no exception. Although there are comparatively few cases here when compared to the US, UK and other parts of Europe, the lockdown measures imposed by the government have been strict and long. Being forced to stay at home (for the majority of the time) hasn't been all...

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Promoting Ugandan Entrepeneurs

I say to pretty much anybody who is willing to listen that Uganda is full of entrepreneurs. There are so many individuals and community groups doing wonderful work in Uganda and I want to share a couple of them with you in this post. First up is Lamaro Studio. Based in Gulu in Northern Uganda, Lamaro Studio is a unique gift store that provides a curated selection of eco-friendly items made by women designers and artisans in Uganda. All of their items are ethically sourced and they are made of one-of-a-kind items from women that are part of community based groups. You can follow some of their work on social media by using the hashtag #UGwomeninbiz. Led by Norah, who...

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