In Ugandan rural communities, being able to raise food and livestock on a small scale is an essential life skill. For many children attending primary school will be the only formal education they receive, so any practical experience in agriculture and animal husbandry is extremely helpful. These topics are included in the Ugandan National Curriculum but are usually only taught in the classroom.
The Uphill Farm Appeal is raising funds to establish a small demonstration farm and ‘kitchen’ garden at Uphill Junior School to allow pupils to put the theory into practise and give them valuable skills to take within them when they leave school.
The produce that they grow/raise can be sold to raise funds for the school or used to supplement school meals. We have the land, and staff with agricultural experience – what we need now are the tools, seeds, livestock and wooden buildings.
You can gift the gift of life skills and sustainability. Please give generously.
UPDATE MARCH 2019: Following discussions with the school and local advisers during our visit to Uganda in February, plans are being made to start a school vegetable garden (and perhaps also a trial piggery project) as soon as the next rainy season begins.
This initiative is being run in parallel with another new project, which aims to teach the primary care givers in the school community how to grow and cook a wide range of nutritious fruits and vegetables to improve the quality of their families’ diet. Click on the link to find out more about the Uphill Nutrition Project.
Preparations are already underway in the school grounds: