The foundation

The foundation "Klima schützen - damit Kinder leben können" (Protect climate - so children can live) has its seat in Germany: Bethlehem r. 51 - D-26871 - Papenburg ( It has already been acknowledged by the authorities and received from the tax office Papenburg the non-profit character. The foundation engages itself particular in the districts Hoima and Masindi in Uganda and co-operates with the action "Sternsinger". As the diocese Hoima refers to the entire region, statistic numbers refer to this area.

The catholic diocese Hoima was erected 1965; it is in the middle west of Uganda and borders beyond the Albert lake at the western arm of the Large East Africa niches to the democratic Republic of the Congo. The diocese has 35 parishes with a total population of 1,4 millions humans and an annual growth rate of 2,5-3% while the majority lives in rural areas, in which the standard of living is very small.

Most humans live below the poverty line. A household lives on less than a dollar per day. Besides there is a high illiteracy of 42% and still the population here is very young with an average age of 18-19 years.

Hauptwirtschaftsaktivität in der Diözese ist die bäuerliche Landwirtschaft.

Main activity in economics in the diocese is the rural agriculture. This kind of the agriculture takes place on very much limited possessions ashore, often this is less it than 2000 m²). The rudimentary methods of production are limited to hand heels as substantial tools of the cultivation. Small live stocks were held and likewise it gives slightly trade; everything else is nevertheless less than a bearable situation for the poor ones.

In social regard the diocese is inhabited by humans of most diverse ethnic background. There are for instance the Banyoro, Bakiga, Banyarwanda, Alurs, Lugbara, Batooro, Baganda, Bafumbira, the refugees from the Congo and some internal refugees from north Uganda shaken by the twenty-year-old war.

Father Gerald reports: The food crisis of the needy and other humans in the diocese Hoima.

Needy and other humans in the diocese are serious affected by the insufficient food offer. This is valid in particular for HIV/AIDS houses and also for from children led families. Due to intolerable poverty troubles coupled with HIV/AIDS there are many needy children, whose hope is only directed toward the church.

Click here to enlarge and reduce...On this background - among other things - the Don Bosco farm is composed also for the supply of the children families with our support. The goal is to develop the farm to a center for the lasting development of more rural areas.

The farm is 15 miles away from Hoima and Masindi next to the Butiaba-Nyantonzi road and belongs politically to the district Masindi. Until 2010 it was large up to 42 hectares, which the bishop had bought with our support. The farm is independent and is led by Father Gerald who also is trained as farmer. The areas are on a long-term basis leased by the diocese.

With support by sponsors adjacent properties of 68 hectares could to be acquired of an inheriting community. These areas still must be cultivated, have however clay/tone occurrences and a small source of water. A drillwell for water supply was down-brought.

On the farm bananas, peanuts, pineapple, avocados and sweet potatoes are cultivated. Children families will become supplied and the products are sold on the local markets. The farm holds approx. 300 chickens, approx. 100 goats and 45 cows and cattle. The separation of the plant production from the cattle husbandry is urgently necessary.