I’m happy to report that the Buyanga Primary School farm now has 550 banana trees in the ground starting to grow! We’ve been working hard for the last 3 weeks plowing, digging holes, preparing the soil, planting trees, and installing an irrigation system. Now we pray for rain and wait patiently for 9 months until we can enjoy the fruits of our labor.
View a slide show of the progress at Buyanga »
Best farming practices
Throughout the process of developing the farm, the school is placing special emphasis on teaching the kids best farming practices. Uganda is blessed with good soil and plenty of water, and it is very common for families to own the land on which their home sits. However, sadly, most families have limited farming experience and knowledge. As we attempt to kill two birds with one stone, we are teaching the children how to farm, so they can go home and teach their parents. While some families will in turn be able to increase yields on their own, we hope to give others new trees from the farm as it naturally expands.
Ready for expansion in March
Although my time at the Buyanga Primary School is now up, the project is just getting started. We’ve successfully planted 1 acre of banana trees, and are ready to expand when the rainy season comes in March. When all is said and done, we hope to have planted 5 acres of corn, 2 acres of beans, 1 acre of matoke (a different kind of banana), 1 acre of sweet potato, 1 acre of cassava, 1 acre of vegetables, and 1 acre of pineapple.
Lunch for 80 will become lunch for 800
And if all goes as planned, in just a few years, the school will have enough food to serve a lunch line of 800 instead of the 80 it serves today.
Support the Buyanga farm
Consider buying a fruit tree or basket of seeds to help support this project. Or, make a direct donation in any amount to the Sustainable organic farming project.
Cheers — Michael Gotter
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Radnor Middle School Pen Pals are going to freak you out!
This year’s fundraiser to grow and sustain our projects in Uganda features The Warehouse of Discarded Children, Abuelita’s Empanadas, Ugandan handcrafted jewelry, cool headbands, and a bake sale.
Thursday, October 27 from 4-8:00 at Radnor Middle School, Radnor, Pennsylvania
Read more about the haunted house fundraiser and Radnor’s projects in Uganda on the Radnor Pen Pal blog.
Exploring fundamental life questions
It is Rachman’s fervent desire and the purpose of Global Village Connect to improve American student’s awareness and understanding of life in Uganda. Rachman shares his experiences through conversing with students and engaging them in his music. The robust question and answer sessions allow U.S. students to explore some very poignant and fundamental life questions. Bringing Rachman to your school is part of Global Village Connect’s mission to assist educators in providing awareness, support materials and even exchanges to enable American students to become global citizens.
Global Village Connect provides a global perspective for your students to addresses such universal issues as hunger, poverty, education, child labor, overcoming hardships, and sustainable improvements for communities. Our community connections allows your students to maintain relationships with peer schools in Africa, Asia, and Central America.
As your students get to know more about partner communities, we work closely with you to plan service projects and implement solutions benefiting students and their communities on opposite sides of the world (e.g., Give a Goat, community ovens, building wells or school farms.). Global Village Connect provides classroom materials that enhance writing, storytelling, multicultural studies, economics, geography, and technology components to supplement your existing curriculum.
Arrange a school visit
For more information or to arrange for Nachman to visit your school, contact Joanne at Global Village Connect.
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It was a day of celebration for the entire Buppala community and for Global Village Connect. On our last day in Buppala – part of our March community outreach trip to Uganda – we shared in the delivery of 50 goats, our largest distribution of goats to date.
There were smiling children and goats everywhere, meeting for the first time. An added bonus – each new goat came fully adorned with a funky, tie-dyed collar and leash made by students at Radnor Middle School.
View a slide show of some of the goat recipients »
The goats will change the health and welfare of these families. Thank you to students, friends and families at Meadowbrook (Golden Valley, Minnesota), North Junior High (Hopkins, Minnesota) and Radnor Middle School (Wayne, Pennsylvania) for raising funds to support kids’ education through our Give a goat project.
The lost art of the pen pal is alive and well at Radnor Middle School and Buppala Primary School. They have shared words and pictures and wonderings for seven years now. During our March community outreach trip these pen pals show what it’s like to have a friend very far away.
View slide show of Buppala and Radnor pen pals »
You’re a part of us, and we’re a part of you. We follow your progress and celebrate your milestones. We are your cheerleaders far away, and we’re so lucky to have you in our lives. I know the feeling is entirely mutual.
Students at Radnor Middle School have been busy crafting funky, tie-dyed collars and leashed for the 50 milk goats that will be delivered to children at Buppala Primary School later this month. The goats — funded by Radnor students, friends and families — will change the health and welfare of multitudes of families.
Through a pen pal exchange between the two schools, the village of Buppala has been transformed over the past seven years. Radnor students have learned that they have the capacity to literally raise up a village, and Buppala students are learning that they can sustain an organic garden, develop a small business from their crops, and feed each student a healthy meal every day they attend school.
Sixth grade teacher Jodi Sabre will be traveling to Uganda to help deliver the goats to Buppala families and will share pictures and stories on her blog.