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.
Small Grants Program Briefing meeting for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Uganda under the Global Environment Facility (GEF)
The GEF focal point in Uganda in collaboration with Ministry of Finance Planning and Economic Development organized a stakeholders meeting to have interactions on progress about the SGP grant making process for OP6 in Uganda. The meeting was a national stakeholders briefing on Small Grants Program (SGP) to enlighten various organizations on the strategies and areas of focus while addressing the global concerns of climate change and conservation. The meeting also discussed the: Country allocation for Uganda under SGP, Country strategy paper, Access modalities for SGP and the status of key on-going projects.
Represented by Godfrey Habumuremyi, Mgahinga Community Development Organization (MCDO) was among 30 Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) under the Uganda UNDP/GEF-CSO Network who shared their experiences in the workshop held in Jinja-Kampala. The CSOs who participated in SGP Briefing scheduled from May 15-17, 2016 in Jinja - Kampala were from all over Uganda.
MCDO is still committed to implement to contribute to the GEF focal area of biodiversity conservation through collaborating with young generation to help them realize their big role today and future in sustaining of our environment. We believe that one way of achieving this is to actively involve the community especially youths and school children. The children participate in conservation education under school exchange programs where school children from various conservation areas share their best practices and methodologies they employ to contribute to the conservation the environment in Kisoro district.
MCDO therefore will continue to partner with other conservation actors and well wishers to ensure the implementation of the conservation education in communities and schools.
Mgahinga Community Development Organization was invited to the GEF CSO workshop together with other 29 Ugandan CSOs.
MCDO has launched a construction project at Mgahinga Community Nursery & Primary School. Once completed, the new classrooms will provide ample space for learning for the over 150 children getting an education from the school. If you would like to support our construction efforts, please donate here