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Community Initiative For Integrated Rural Development

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  • Lwengo, Uganda
Organization Description
Community Initiative For Integrated Rural Development (CIIRD) is a registered not for profit community based organization in Lwengo district, Uganda. The organization was founded in 2011 and registered in with Lwengo District Community development Department under NGO/CBO 2010 and local Government act 1997 to alleviate poverty and address environmental challenges among smallholder farmers in different communities of Lwengo district especially in Kkingo SubCounty; reduce food insecurity and improve on livelihoods of rural pro poor farmer families through Agroforestry and farm enterprises.

Lwengo district (Uganda) has suffered the worst effects of climate change where smallholder farmers have experienced harsh climatic conditions such as prolonged drought, poor rainfall distribution, crop failure and loss of livestock yet small holder farmer families entirely depend on their farm lands for food and income to sustain their families.

We work with impoverished smallholder farmer families which are supported through capacity building to ensure food and nutrition security, engage them in profitable nature based farm enterprises and conserve the environment through sustainable land use management practices. The farmers we work with are faced with both socio-economic and environmental challenges that have lead to the vicious circle of poverty. We therefore work with communities to mainstream HIV/AIDS and gender issues in communities, raise awareness HIV/AIDS control among youths in and out of school and empower women.

Our Agroforestry project

We promote Agroforestry and environment friendly farm enterprises that enhance sustainability of smallholder farms and improve their resilience towards climate change through use of climate smart and organic farming practices to grow food crops and improved livestock management for increased food supply and income generation for their families.

We also promote sustainable agriculture land management (SALM) practices that enhance soil stability and fertility for increased farm productivity. In the project we provide free tree seedlings to farmers to plant on their farm lands to integrate them with other farm crops which enhances farm productivity and conserves the environment as well.

In this project, we are currently developing ‘One model home at a time’ where the established model homes demonstrate the best land use management practices which leads to higher adoption of the practices and technologies.

We work with schools in our Eco-schools project where we organise students/pupils into Environment clubs, sensitize them about climate change and its effects, conduct on school tree planting, waste management and conduct community tree planting around their schools and let the young people engage their leaders on issues affecting the environment in their community. This helps to bring up responsible citizens with a heart of environment stewardship. We also organise and conduct ‘Tree planting campaigns’ where we engage different stakeholders like local leaders, the general public and partners in massive tree planting campaigns on public land such as hospitals churches and other degraded lands.

We have a demonstration farm in Luteete village where we demonstrate all the sustainable Agroforestry farming practices. At the farm, we have a tree nursery where we raise agroforestry tree seedlings to distribute to community members for free. We also have dairy cows, pigs, chickens and ducks. These animals and birds provide manure/waste that is used to produce bio fuel used on the farm.

The farm is a multiplication center for pigs that we distribute to the community at a subsidized price.

Treasure woman and youth project

In rural communities like Lwengo, women spend much of their time looking for firewood, fetching water and looking after their children and husbands. Here we work with women to improve their livelihoods through skills development such as craft making where they are able to make hand bags, table mats, hats and other products which they sell to earn income besides their domestic work.

In Lwengo, we have a very high rate of unemployment among youth; this is because they don’t have employable skills and drop out of school due to HIV/AIDS. CIIRD is now empowering these youth with life skills so that they can use them to be self reliant.

The youth are also engaged computer lessons, music dance and drama activities, paper bag making, candle making, and liquid soap making which they sell to earn income. The drama skits made by the youth group are used to raise awareness in the community on issues affecting the community such as domestic violence and HIV/AIDS in an educative and entertaining way.
Environment, Law / Human Rights, Women
Skills Needed
Communication, Agroforestry, Sustainable land use and management, Community development, Environment conservation, Human rights, Art and Craft, Music and Drama, Fundraising , Videography
Accommodation Provided - Minimum Stay: 1 week
Average Cost per Week ($USD)
$65 per week
Estimate only - contact this Organization for actual costs to Volunteer
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • 3 Meals per Day
  • Homestay
  • Local Transport

Costs do not include Flights, Visas, Vaccinations, Insurance, Spending Money, 2-Meals-per-Day, 1-Meal-per-Day, Volunteer-Hostel, Airport-Pickup-and-Drop-Off, Internet
Zaake Godfrey
Community Initiative For Integrated Rural Development Average Ratings
I spent 6 weeks with Community Initiative for Integrated Rural Development as a part of a longer trip in Africa. This was the most interesting experience on my travels and highly recommended, even though I would recommend to stay a longer period of time. During my internship I was a part of a multitude of community projects with a focus on agroforestry and organic farming. My supervisor, Godfrey, had a vast knowledge of the local environment and traditions, but also about the (great) challenges of climate change and how to adapt to them. He was good at English, and very communicative and flexible (which was needed, since the rain season lasted three weeks longer than “expected”). Among the projects, we built a tree nursery and prepared tree seedlings, we planted trees and produce,...
My experience with CIIRD was great. I worked together with the community in Kkingo and with two different schools. I helped out with work concerning environmental conservation and sustainable agriculture, for example nursing and tree planting of agroforestry trees and fruit trees, making of wood saving stoves, and start-up of an environmental club at a local secondary school.