NAPE trains Kigaaga Women’s Group in advocacy drama

Kigaaga being one of the sustainability villages affected by Oil refinery, Airport construction and pipeline establishment, community members in the area have embarked on using drama as a tool of information dissemination and training to defend possible human rights abuses that come with oil developments.
The members of  Kigaaga oil Refinery women Development  Association (KORICWODA)  are using drama to advocate against land grabbing, poor compensation, Environmental degradation and food insecurity in areas of Kigaaga village in Buseruka sub-county, and Kyakatemba and Butimba in Kiziranfumbi sub-county respectively.
The Advocacy drama is aimed at empowering and building resilience through knowledge sharing, confidence building encouraging participation in decision making focusing on Environmental degradation- deforestation and climate change targeting groups like youths, the disabled and Women.    
Penina Ruhindi, the group chairperson says the knowledge that is got from Community Green Radio programs is composed into advocacy drama to sensitize people who have no access to radios a factor that leaves them out on issues of land grabbing, poor compensation, and environmental degradation and food insecurity among others.
Mobilization and creating awareness on new developments, for example enlightenment of the people on the problems that affect them also entertaining and revealing some gaps between affected victims and the Government through NGOs like NAPE’s Sustainability school project is one of the reasons drama is used.
Story by Nyegenya Vincent

COMMUNITY GREEN RADIO AWARDED FOR SUPPORTING BUNYORO KINGDOM PROGRAMMES

Uganda Community Green Radio is among the distinguished institutions in Bunyoro Kitara kingdom that were awarded for supporting the Kingdom development programs.
The institutions and distinguished individuals were awarded on 11th June, 2017 during the 23rd coronation anniversary of the Omukama of Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom, Solomon Gafabusa Iguru I.  
The certificate of appreciation which is signed by the Kingdom Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Norman Lukumu was received by Julius Kyamanywa, the Community Green Radio Station Manager on behalf of Mr. Frank Muramuzi, the Executive Director of the National Association of professional Environmentalists.
Before the function, the Bunyoro Prime Minister told journalists that the Community Green Radio was doing a very commendable job in mobilising communities at the grassroots to do development work and participate in environmental protection and conservation activities. He also said that as a Kingdom, they were happy to have a radio that was prioritizing the cultural norms of the people that were central to community sustainability and cohesion.
NAPE has been working with the kingdom to promote the growing indigenous seeds, conserve the environment and strengthen cultural governance systems by identifying the potent sacred natural sites among others.
The coronation function was relayed live on Green Radio. This year’s coronation anniversary was held under the theme, “Culture for Sustainable Agriculture and Environmental protection.”
The function was also attended by Allan Kalangi, the Manager of NAPE’s Sustainability School program under which the Community Green Radio was established.
Mr. Frank Muramuzi, the Executive Director of NAPE said cultural heritage is one of the best ways of protecting the environment.
“Any society with no culture is a non-progressive society even in environmental protection terms. That’s why at NAPE we work closely with Kingdoms and other cultural institutions,” Muramuzi noted
The Omukama was enthroned on June 11 in 1994 after cultural institutions that had been abolished in 1967 were restored.

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