Joseph Mbusa, Light to The Child
Western Uganda is an eclectic part of the East African country, housing the snow tipped Rwenzori Mountains, Queen Elizabeth National Park, endangered mountain gorillas, tree climbing lions and small villages where elephants often mistakenly find themselves. One of these places is Kitobo. In Kitobo one will often find government services out of commission due to isolation, lack of electricity and natural disasters overtaking agricultural land. Joseph Mbusa is dedicated in advancing this community and will expand on his project, Light to The Child.
With his initial seed grant from The Pollination Project, Joseph provided energy saving solar lights to rural families to help their children maintain their educational requirements. Joseph also wanted to create an environment that fostered an interest in literacy and the light allowed for all to read at all hours. In addition to the above, by transitioning from kerosene, paraffin candles and firewood for lighting purposes, households save money and exposure to pollution and its related diseases.
The $300 flow fund is going to allow Joseph to expand his project to more recent concerns in the community. Land slides have taken away much needed agricultural space and Joseph plans on using the funds to plant trees and grow mushrooms to reinvigorate the space. He also plans on purchasing more energy saving lights for households.
Noted by one of our field staff, “The type of work that is being done is creating tremendous progress.”
East Africa Hub Grant