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Sustainable community development in the Mgahinga community


The Mgahinga Community Development Organisation (MCDO) is an umbrella group comprising of several groups, associations and educational facilities, united by a common goal of improving the lives of the people of Mgahinga. MCDO supports the development of sustainable projects that result in a harmonious and positive coexistence between the Mgahinga community and the surrounding environments, that benefit the community economically and that preserve local environments and species.

Lake Mutanda and the surrounding Mgahinga community are situated in the shadow of the Virunga Mountains. This south western corner of Uganda is truly at the heart of the African continent, where the mountain range straddles the borders of Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo; and provides a haven for the endangered Mountain Gorilla, while diverse lakeside forests, wetland and farmland habitats boast some of Africa’s most beautiful animals and plants.

The greater Mgahinga community supports a rural population. Kisoro, the principle town in the community is a popular destination for travellers taking a rest from tracking the elusive mountain gorilla. While the community offers a superb respite for travellers and tourists, the residents of Mgahinga do not benefit from the same high standard of living. Local community groups are now striving to provide a sustainable, environmentally and economically viable future for their families.

The MCDO Founder

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MCDO founder Sheba Hanyurwa and Head of Scientific Research
Sandra Gray with Mt Mgahinga in the distance.

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