Reaping Their Harvest: Improved Nutrition and Education Access in Uganda

Reaping Their Harvest: Improved Nutrition and Education Access in Uganda

Location:
Jinja, Uganda
GESI Team:
Lynne Fort, Billy Gendell, Robert Liu, Rebecca Reeve
Partner:
Foundation for Sustainable Development
Development Sectors:
Education / Youth; Fundraising; Agriculture; Nutrition
Apply to the Program  
Summer 2011

Project Background

At a school in Uganda, GESI interns working with St. Eliza’s Community Development Organization met students who could not afford to pay for the school’s required lunch program. These students would therefore have to miss class, or engage in child labor to pay for school. The interns saw that a small farm was flourishing on school grounds, but that two acres of additional land were unused. Working with the staff at the school, their NGO partner, and a local agriculture expert, the GESI interns planted maize and beans on the unutilized land. They calculated that the crops themselves and the revenue generated from selling crops could feed over 500 children each year, more than the 417 students who were currently enrolled at the school. In the years since the project began, the harvests from the expanded farm have lead to better nutrition for students and improved attendance.