SLINT-Uganda Hosts Students from Canada and the US Again

From 7 to 11 June 2011, SLINT-Uganda hosted 14 student volunteers from Canada and USA at its field project sites in Kyankwazi district. The study visit was organised by Operation Groundswell, an organisation based in Canada (http://www.slint.org/groundswell_studyvisit2_news.html )

During the study visit, the volunteers took part in a Participatory Technical Training Workshop on Solar Energy and assisted in the installation of solar lighting systems in Butikiro and Kiyuni villages, which they donated to the community. The volunteers also worked on a community tree nursery at Butikiro where they potted seedlings raised from the tree seeds that were donated to SLINT-Uganda by the New Forests Project based in the USA.

The objective of the study visit further provided an opportunity for intercultural interaction and mutual learning between the local people and the volunteers. It followed a similar successful visit to two villages last year which was also organised by Operation Groundswell.

During last year’s visit, the volunteers conducted two seminars and worked on the establishment of two school tree nurseries at Nankandula and Kyamulalama Primary Schools in which more than 200 students participated. The volunteers also took part in a Refresher Training Workshop on Beekeeping which was conducted by a company known as East African Beekeepers Equipment Limited and also visited the two community apiaries at Butikiro and Kiyuni established with support from SLINT-Uganda.

Speaking at the end of the visit, Mr. Josh Layton, the Trip Leader from Operation Groundswell East Africa, said: "It has been an amazing experience for Operation Groundswell to support and work with SLINT-Uganda in providing solar lighting to this community." He thanked the community members for the warm hospitality they extended to the volunteers. He said Operation Groundswell looked forward to further working closely with SLINT-Uganda and the community in the future.

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