Rev. Jozeti Baluku

Rev. Baluku Jozeti, Masika Pamela, Wilson – Tree Planting for Environmental Conservation

Date grant awarded: August 24, 2019

Taking place in the southwest district of Kasese, Uganda, Tree Planting for Environmental Conservation helps prepare nursery beds for tree and fruit seedlings to the Nyakabingo Corridor. This area slopes the Rwenzori Mountains, covering the hilly areas of Rukoki, Mahango, Muhokya, Kilembe, and Nyakabingo sub-counties. Additionally, the work aims at sensitizing the community about the importance of planting trees since the hills in this community have become bare resulting to soil erosion, leading to soil exhaustion and landslides that have destructed property and claimed the lives of more than ten people every rainy season since 2010.

The project aims at restoring the lost beauty of the green environment in the foothills of Rwenzori’s. Reverend Baluku Jozeti was motivated to do this project when he visited Rubirizi District and found out the people there had done a lot by ensuring that all their hills are covered with trees. The environment there is green and cool and does not experience serious landslides, floods, and soil erosion. From learning from his neighbors, he hopes to make impactful and sustainable change. The grant funds will assist to setting up the nursery bed that targets to have 20,000 tree seedlings supplied to the community.