Employees tell their stories

It has been the first time that our dear colleague Susanne, project manager at Fairventures Worldwide, visited the project area in Uganda.

In a photo series she gives an impression of her experiences.

 

This is Uganda, located in the east of Africa. The red line describes my travel route.

 

On January 21st it was time – our representative office in Kampala was ceremoniously opened.

 

Our small team from left to right: Jeanne, Thembo, Ruth, Wilfried and Patience.

 

Father Modest, assisted by our Country Director Patience, blesses the new office.

 

Impressed guests and our pavillon in the background that was build by Simon a young, Swiss wood engineer who supported our project for a couple of months.

 

Simon and Johannes, checking the quality. The carpenter KAVA in Kampala kindly provided Simon with the necessary tools and space.

 

The sculpture made of bent glued wood beams is placed in the garden during the opening ceremony.

 

Visit of a market in Kampala – the colourful variety of the offered goods and the relaxed atmosphere are striking.

 

The cooking is done exclusively with charcoal. And not only there, everywhere! This is one of the main reasons for the enormous decrease of forest areas.

Together with Johannes and a team that had arrived from Germany in the meantime, the journey continued from Kampala to Hoima to the Sankt Simons Peter’s Vocational Training Center.

Financed by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and supported by the Leitz company, young people at Sankt Simon Peter’s Vocational and two other schools are taught a new course on the topics of forestry and agroforestry.

Now a picture of me, Susanne, the traveler. Here in conversation with Father Joseph, the director of St. Simon Peter’s School, which belongs to the Catholic diocese of Hoima.

 

Per nursery, 18.000 tree seedlings are used for demonstration gardens and for distribution to pupils and farmers.

 

This is a 10-month old Albizia Coriaria planted on test fields that are funded by the Heidehof Foundation.

In three intensively experienced weeks in Uganda I got an insights into our projects and the life of the Ugandan people.

What I have seen and experienced has fascinated me:
Our dedicated team, which is enthusiastic about the project and brings in knowledge and commitment; encounters with friendly, humorous locals; the decelerated rhythm of life. And last but not least the feeling of creating a long-term contribution to environmental protection and to the rehabilitation of life supporting systems.

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