Weja Nick, Anyacoto People for Natural Life (APENALI)
In addition to running a self-funded private school for children in Anyacoto, Uganda, Weja Nick is providing rural Ugandans with the tools they need to make informed decisions about their diets and overall health.
Every year thousands of Ugandans die from manageable and preventable diseases due to a lack of awareness about proper farming methods and nutrition. In rural areas like Anyacoto, villagers believe that sugary sodas are healthy simply because they’ve been manufactured by large international corporations, even going so far as to feed their infants the sugary drinks.
Through his project, Anyacoto People for Natural Life (APENALI), Weja and a group of concerned villagers are teaching the residents of Anyacoto about the adverse health effects of sugary sodas while providing them with healthy alternatives.
Over the next 12 months Weja will hold community outreach meetings where he will show locals how to create tasty beverages from locally grown, organic produce. In addition, Weja will purchase a blender for community use, as well as donate his family’s land to train impoverished youth in the cultivation of various species of fruit trees.
GRANT AWARD DATE: August 11, 2015