The conservation project being implemented by MCDO at Mgahinga Nursery and Primary School in Kisoro started from September 2017 and ends February 2018. The project is being supported by Daktari Andorra, the Association for improving the health and welfare of African livestock. The project focuses on the integration of conservation education in preserving both the environment and wildlife. The project encompasses all possible strategies on community to promote environmental sustainability and resiliency to climate change through engaging community members and school children in tree planting, proper sanitation and hygiene.
Through the CEEP project, children and community members have been introduced to environmental conservation strategies by engaging in the following activities:
MCDO is among the selected Civil Society organizations who attended the Post COP 23 feedback Workshop and Roadmap in Kampala, Uganda. The workshop intended to discuss the results from twenty third Conference of Parties (COP23) that took place in Bonn Germany (6th -17th November). The workshop took place on 5th-6th December 2017 at Silver Springs Hotel in Bugolobi-Kampala.
As a follow up action, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in collaboration with the Climate Change Department-Ministry of Water and Environment (CCD/MWE), ACODE, EMLI Bwaise Facility, Climate Action Network-Uganda (CAN-U) & ENR CSO Network convened the Post COP23 feedback workshop.
The workshop intended to bring together all stakeholders to discuss and reflect on the outcomes of the COP23 in the context of Uganda's needs and aspirations. Various stakeholders, including commissioners, various CSOs and members of parliament in-charge of climate change were involved to create awareness on the ongoing strategies towards climate change concerns.
A paper detailing key actions to be addressed by government and other stakeholders was generated. The paper was submitted to the Climate Change Department in the Ministry of Water and Environment, which informed the Government position for COP 23 discussions in Bonn, Germany.
KAMPALA, 18th September, 2017 - On 12th September 2017, Mgahinga Community Development Organization (MCDO) participated in the national Global Environment Facility Civil Society Organizations (GEF-CSO) Network meeting that was held at Kampala Kolping Hotel. MCDO was represented by Program Officer, Godfrey Habumuremyi. The meeting was hosted by the RFP for East Africa, Environmental Management for Livelihood Improvement Bwaise Facility (EMLI) and the GEF-CSO Network Uganda Chapter supported by the Government of Uganda, GEF Small Grants Programme and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) under the CSO-Government Dialogue Project.
The capacity building meeting was organized to update members on a number of GEF related matters aimed at building member capacity and also identify needs for further capacity development. Among other issues, members were informed that there is need to update the network membership and the minimum requirements for updating membership are; an annual report and an audited report.
In recommendation, members found a need for GEF-CSO government Dialogue project to facilitate exchange visits and experience sharing amongst GEF members to enhance capacity on how to implement successful GEF projects.
Kisoro, Uganda – Mgahinga Community Development Organization (MCDO) will join MbiriMbiri Association (MMA) On 12th August 2017 to celebrate 20 years of partnership. The much anticipated ceremony which will be gloried by friends and supporters for MCDO and MMA, will be held in Helsingborg, Sweden. Three staff members from MCDO will attend the festivities on behalf of the communities in Kisoro.
The collaboration between MCDO and MMA dates back to the early 1990s at the time when Amajambere Iwacu Community Camp was the only project run by the communities in Mgahinga. MbiriMbiri Association was founded by students from Osterlen Folk High School who picked interest in development work during their research studies in Kisoro. MCDO and MMA have worked closely for more than a decade to advance education and conservation efforts.
MMA has invested heavily in supporting education sponsorships for young men and women in Kisoro district. As we celebrate this important milestone, more than 150 students have benefited from this flagship sponsorship program. Additionally, MMA has facilitated establishment of new partnerships between MCDO and institutional partners across Sweden such as Nicolai High School, Volunteer Travels, Hallands 4H, and many others. As we plan to prioritize education as the best investment to empower communities, fight poverty, and promote self-reliance, we appeal to our partners to walk this path with us.
Happy 20th Anniversary MbiriMbiri! Looking forward to more years of collaboration.
Are you in Sweden and interested in joining MbiriMbiri’s 20th Anniversary celebrations on August 12th, check MbiriMbiri Association Facebook page for details.
Over the last 10 years, Mgahinga Community Development Organization (MCDO) has worked closely with education institutions in Sweden to promote cross cultural learning. MCDO hosts groups of students every year who come to Uganda to learn about different issues ranging from public health, education and environmental justice. Majority of the students come from three high schools in the Swedish southern county of Skane. As of 2017, the high schools are Nicolai, Olympia and Tycho. We are so glad to have students from Skolstaden - Helsingborgs visiting Kisoro, Uganda this time again. Read more about this collaboration here.
Mgahinga Community Development Organization climate change impact mitigation strategy is centered on tree planting as means to combat deforestation and the rising CO2. Since 2011, MCDO has planted 800 indigenous trees and 2,200 agro-forestry fruit trees around Mgahinga Gorilla National Park (MGNP) and Lake Mutanda in Kisoro, Uganda. The tree planting campaign is projected to not only reduce human encroachment on MGNP and Lake Mutanda wetland in search of firewood and construction materials, but will also help in carbon sequestration. With uninterrupted growing forest cover, MGNP and Lake Mutanda will continue to play a critical role in regulating the local climate and water catchment for the neighboring communities where only 7% of the population has access to piped water.
Here at Mgahinga Community Development Organization we are excited to share progress of a 5-classroom block construction at Mgahinga Community Primary School is on going as planned. The construction workers and the local community are all contributing resources to see the construction of the classrooms completed soon. The classrooms will accommodate up to 400 pupils upon completion. The plan is to have the classrooms ready by February 2017. If you would like to DONATE to this construction project, please do so.
Update on the ongoing Global Environment Facility (GEF) Extended Constituency Workshop for East Africa in Madagscar
Antananarivo, Madagascar - Represented by our Program Officer, Godfrey Habumuremyi, Mgahinga Community Development Organization (MCDO) has participated in the 2016 Extended Constituency Workshop (ECW) that has brought over 12 countries from GEF - East Africa Constituency to discuss modalities geared towards environment conservation.
The ECW workshop brings together GEF focal points, national focal points from the main international environmental conventions (biodiversity, desertification, climate change, and persistent organic pollutants), representatives from the civil society, GEF Agencies, and the GEF Secretariat. These workshops are an opportunity for participants to meet with their counterparts from other regional countries and other GEF partners, to discuss and review policies and procedures, and to share lessons and experiences from development and implementation of GEF projects and their integration within national policy frameworks.
Through the ECWs, there is Capacity building to enhance the participation of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in collaboration with GEF agencies and governments to have an impact on the drivers of climate change and land degradation.
During the day three discussions, participants reviewed the Paris Climate Agreement and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which are the core aspects in conserving our planet. However, it is also critical to appreciate the integrated participatory approaches where communities, Civil Society Organizations, governments and GEF agencies have interlinked roles to play to realize the impact on drivers of climate change, land and environmental degradation. Therefore, multi-stakeholder involvement is a key to the successful achievement of the environmental conservation strategies.
Still the focal areas of biodiversity, climate change, chemicals and waste, land degradation, international waters and sustainable management of forests remain the focus of GEF stakeholders to register long lasting environmental impact.
Kisoro - 24 July 2016
Mgahinga Community Development Organisation and other Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) from across the East African region will convene in Antananarivo, Madagascar for the 2016 Global Environment Facility (GEF) 2016 Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW). The workshop which will be held from 26 to 29 July, is geared towards bringing together CSO representatives, the GEF Secretariat, GEF Focal Points and other GEF implementing agencies to discuss GEF priorities.
As one of the leading advocates for biodiversity conservation in and around Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in southwestern Uganda, it is a huge opportunity for MCDO to participate in this important meeting. Not only will MCDO use the workshop as a platform to highlight the progress made on biodiversity conservation, but will also learn new and innovative ways to improve our programs.
In partnership with Daktari and local veterinary personnel in Kisoro district, Mgahinga Community Development Organization has again embarked on animal vaccination in communities adjacent to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
The 2016 summer veterinary exercise commenced with a radio talk show at Muhabura FM to create awareness on the public health focusing on the interlinked interactions between people, domestic and wild animals. Mobilizing the community members to actively participate in this important cause is one of MCDO's focus. The vet team has so far provided veterinary services to communities in Muramba and Nyarusiza sub-counties in Kisoro district. MCDO and partners will continue to work to ensure that any possible spread of disease from community livestock to the wildlife (focusing on Mountain Gorillas) in the protected area can be eliminated.