Thanks to KAFRED and its partner, the Uganda-North Carolina
International Teaching for the Environment (UNITE) Program, on 22 April,
celebrated Earth Day for the first time. With over 1,500 people in
the celebration was a great success--bringing environmental conservation to
forefront of the day.
was primarily funded by local funding sources, and KAFRED was pleased to
transportation for Bunoga Primary School, performance by the Nyange
Dance and Drama
free tours of the Bigodi Wetland. Other support was provided by
Andrew and Brothers, Caltex of Kamwenge, Uganda Wildlife Authority,
Royal, Kibale Forest Camp, Kiko Tea Estate, and other local anonymous
Speeches were made by local politicians, the Uganda
Wildlife Authorities Chief
the Kibale Conservation Region, and Michelle Slavin of UNITE. The Master
of Ceremonies for the
Kamugisha Vincent, head teacher of Rwengobe Primary School. Professor Edward Rugamayo of Tooro Botanical Gardens,
pictured below, was the chief guest. He helped children of Green Circle
School plant trees, and addressed the gathering.
The celebration included performances
schools and community groups, cooking and alternative energy
movie showings, Bigodi Wetland tours, a raffle, and an exciting matooke
peeling contest, which is shown below.
Bigodi Secondary School performed, as seen here:
A KAFRED employee explains how a solar oven works:
KAFRED is proud of its staff and members and of the
teachers for coordinating such a successful event and is looking forward
Earth Day 2011!