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Empowering Girls with Fruit Trees for Climate Change Mitigation, Nutrition and Food Security.

In the heart of Uganda, where vibrant communities and lush landscapes intersect, we embark on a journey that not only nourishes young minds but also fosters environmental stewardship. Imagine this: rows of saplings stand tall, their roots digging deep into the rich African soil. The air is filled with the promise of growth, and the sun's gentle warmth on the land. These saplings, soon to be fruit-laden trees, are more than just greenery; they are the embodiment of hope, health, and transformation.

Empowering Girls with Fruit Trees for Climate Change Mitigation, Nutrition and Food Security.

Access to fresh and nutritious food is a fundamental right that every child in Uganda deserves. Yet, many schools in this beautiful nation face resource constraints that hinder the fulfillment of this basic need. The impact goes beyond the surface, affecting students' overall nutrition and leaving them vulnerable to micronutrient deficiencies, including a lack of vital nutrients like vitamin C, crucial for their growth and development.

Through this project, we step onto the fertile ground of possibility. With determination in our hearts and shovels in our hands, we empower girls to plant fruit trees in their communities across Uganda. These trees, in their infancy, symbolize more than just fruit-bearing potential; they represent a promise of a healthier future for Ugandan children. As these young trees take root, they stand as silent educators, teaching us the profound significance of fruit intake in our diets. Fruits are a rich source of essential vitamins, minerals, dietary fibre, and antioxidants, all of which play a pivotal role in maintaining overall health and well-being. Among these essential nutrients, vitamin C stands out as a key player. Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin found abundantly in fruits such as citrus fruits (oranges, lemons, grapefruits), guavas, strawberries, and papayas, to name a few. This vitamin is essential for several critical bodily functions: 1. Immune System Support: Vitamin C is renowned for its immune-boosting properties. It enhances the production and function of white blood cells, which are the body's defense against infections and illnesses. 2. Iron Absorption: Vitamin C enhances the absorption of non-heme iron (the type of iron found in plant-based foods), helping prevent nutritional anaemia prevalent in menstruating school girls.

As we support girls to nurture these fruit trees in Ugandan schools and communities, Kyobe Foundation does more than address nutritional deficiencies, the fruit trees contribute to environmental conservation and climate change mitigation through the following; Mulch and fertilization; Tree leaves and organic matter from the trees canopy can be used a s mulch, conserving soil moisture and suppressing weed growth. As these materials decompose, they enrich the soil with nutrients, minimizing the need for synthetic fertilizers. Pest control; Fruit trees in agroforestry systems can act as natural pest repellants or hosts for beneficial insects, reducing the need for chemical pesticides. Water conservation; Trees help retain moisture in the soil, reducing the frequency and quantity of irrigation required for plants. Soil health; The root systems of trees stabilize the soil structure, reducing erosion. This prevents soil loss and the need for costly erosion control measures. Biodiversity; Agroforestry encourages biodiversity, creating a balanced ecosystem that can naturally regulate pests and diseases, reducing the need for interventions. Carbon sequestering; Trees capture and store carbon dioxide, helping mitigate climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Enhanced sustainability; Agroforestry promotes a holistic approach to farming, benefiting both the environment and the farm’s long term productivity. This can lead to improved farm resilience and reduced vulnerability to external factors. Kyobe Foundation intends support community and school clubs with seedlings to plant and nurture 10,000 fruit trees in 200 schools, with each school receiving 50 seedlings, providing a sustainable source of fresh produce and improving the nutritional status of school children in Uganda by ensuring consistent access to fresh, vitamin C-rich fruits, reducing the prevalence of micronutrient deficiencies such as anaemia amongst menstruating girls due to vitamin C deficiency needed to absorb iron and enhancing overall health.

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