Mgahinga Community Development implement a wide range of programs around Mgahinga and Bwindi Gorilla National Paks.
Mgahinga Community Development Organization (MCDO
Mgahinga Community Development Organization contributes to early childhood development through the support provided to Mgahinga Community Junior School. The school, which adjacent to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, has enrollment of about 150 pupils.
The Education Sponsorship Scheme is one the most successful projects run by MCDO. The project provides tuition and school fees support to vulnerable children in Kisoro district. As of 2017, more than 150 students have benefited from this flagship project.
The MCDO Student Exchange Program (SEP) is a north-south collaboration that dates back more than 10 years ago when MCDO started hosting groups of Swedish students in Kisoro district. The students are driven by the desire to learn about Ugandan society, including local cultures, education system, etc..
The CEEP is a pilot project currently being implemented at Mgahinga Community Nursery and Primary School. Daktari Andorra, the Association for improving the health and welfare of African livestock, is the prime recipient of the project and the local implementing partner isMgahinga Community Development Organization (MCDO).
MCDO is actively working with local communities in Kisoro to prioritize tree planting, seed propagation, potting of seeds and transplanting of seedlings for improved conservation education to equip community members with relevant skills to preserve the environment through afforestation and contribute to climate change mitigation strategies.
Mountain gorilla tracking is the most lucrative tourist activity in both Bwindi and Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks. MCDO is investing in Community Based Tourism (CBT) as a means to boost incomes for the local population at the same time advocating for gorilla conservation.
Agriculture and Livelihoods
MCDO has invested in promoting agriculture as a livelihood and food security mechanism. MCDO supports a local farmers group - Gisozi Farmers Duterimbere Association (GDFA) to establish food security initiatives such as Irish potato growing which acts as source of income and food in the area.
MCDO has supported implementation of a bee keeping project which started with 50 beehives. The overall aim of this project is to promote sustainable agriculture and environment conservation hence contributing to improvement on community health and poverty reduction.