Uganda is a landlocked East African country about the same size as the United Kingdom.
The weather and climate around the year is similar to Kenya’s although much of Uganda is wetter.
The landscape is mainly plateaus and mountains but there is plenty of water because of Lake Victoria and the River Nile also flows through the country.
The work of Seeds for Africa has been mainly with primary schools in the regions around Kampala, the capital. The districts included Mpigi, Mukono, Rakai and Masaka. In all, seventy seven schools have been involved in tree planting and vegetable gardening. The key objective is to impact on nutrition, sustainability and conservation of the school environment.
The children have grown oranges, avocados, pawpaw, mango, jackfruit, jamboree, guava, tangerines and bread fruit. The vegetables they grow include snow peas, okra, snap peas, eggplant, yams and green leafy vegetables.
Competitions have been run in the various districts to encourage successful growing. The children really enjoy this and take part enthusiastically.
Children learn to build frames for the vegetable seedlings to help protect them from the sun. Dried grass is also used to help protect young plants from direct sunlight.
St. Michael’s Girls’ School near Jinja has been developing their gardens with help from Seeds for Africa.
Reach the Needy Association Appeal
Reach the Needy Organisation wants to build on the gardens they have already established to support the most vulnerable members of their society near Jinja in Uganda. They need vegetable seeds, water tanks and funding to train their people in growing techniques and nutrition. They especially wish to grow local crops. Can you help?