BUDONDO INTERCULTURAL CENTER
POPULATION, HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT (PHE)
The PHE Program works with households in rural communities and aims at empowering families to sustain themselves and their environment.
The drivers of extreme poverty; poor health, gender inequality, food insecurity, population pressures, unsustainable natural resource use and biodiversity loss, are interconnected and often coexist, acting synergistically to adversely affect one another. Attempts to address these issues are likely to be more effective if they acknowledge this interconnectedness, and take a whole system approach to the challenge of sustainable development. Working towards sustainable agricultural production, environmental conservation through good soil fertility and water retention practices and tree planting have been a fundamental part of the activities of the program. Budondo Intercultural Centre promotes Population-Health-Environment (PHE) integrated approach, an interdisciplinary model, to respond to the interconnected challenges faced by ecosystem and the communities dependent on them.
The program creates an enabling environment for diversification of food production to enable families obtain balanced diets, ensure food security and generate household income.
Our Model Households strategy which is the centre of integration of the PHE approach is a pathway to directly working with families. These are homes that have all aspects of Water and Sanitation (WASH), knowledgeable about maternal and child health, use and/or advocate for family planning, practice sustainable agriculture and agroforestry, use firewood saving stoves and accept other community members to visit for learning purposes.
Energy Saving Stoves
There is no electricity in Budondo and the surrounding communities. The only source of energy is firewood and this has put a lot of pressure to the trees. The current form of wood burning consumes a lot of wood and smoke to produce daily meals for families.
The energy saving stoves are made using 100% locally available materials such red soil, dried leaves and banana stems. The stoves consume less firewood and generates less smoke which could be otherwise be detremental to people's health.
Water and Saniation
We currently focus on handwashing skills and construction of a hand washing facility in every houeshold that is made of locally avaibale materials. The tippy tap is a set of of simple materials that enables one to wash hands with soap after using the latrine without touching of its constituent parts that could be a source of germs.
Train families on how to use dried plant leaves such as dried banana leaves to burn in and around their latrine pit halls. The burning leaves produce smoke and ash that neutralizes faul smell and completes renders the latrine free of flies that would contaminate food and utensils around the house.
Maternal and Child Health
One of the components of the PHE approach is maternal and child health. We aim to increase capacity of families to produce the number of children they want at a time interval they want ot have them. We incoporate family planning as part of the PHE trainings.
During such session, a team of medical staff from Suubi talk about maternal and child health and share with the participants the kinds of services that be accessed at Suubi.
Community Nursery Bed
A central nursery shed which constitutes a community nursery unit is home to tens of thousands of different tree species including coffee robusta, bathdavia, graveria, calliandra, grafted mangoes, oranges and pawpaws.
The nursery unit is run by a group of community members participating the PHE trainings. This together with BIC Demo Farm are sites for practical trainings and demonstration of the different sustainable agroculture practices. Germinate seedlings are shared amongst PHE trainees to go plant in their homes and the supplus is sold to the general public to raise income for Suubi Health Center.
An agroforestry demonstration site was established on a four acre piece of land. Over 4,000 seedlings of grafted mangoes, oranges, pawpaws were planted and intercropped with bathdavia tree species and banana plantations. Calliandra trees were planted in a form of ridges to bar water run-offs.
The Agroforestry demonstration unit is run on permaculture princples and it is learning site for both Budondo Intercultural Center and other local government agricultural programs.