Project information

Environmental & Renewable Energy Learning centre

To develop a learning centre to communicate and support the education of individuals and institutions regarding Uganda's rich and diverse environment, to promote environmental conservation and the use of renewable technologies in Uganda, and to support sustainable local enterprise

January 2016 - July 2016

Charity information: Stepping Stones - Uganda

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  • Need


    Uganda's environment has suffered as a result of unsustainable exploitation of the country's natural resources and unregulated development without any considerations of the socio-economic and environmental implications. In more recent years, steady economic growth and foreign investment have facilitated a new sense of development and progress. Nevertheless, only 11.5% of Uganda's territory is currently under conservation protection and the environment is recognised to be under growing pressure.


    SSU believes that the root causes of environmental degradation must be addressed, and a holistic strategic approach must be adopted. At the same time, immediate, practical and hands on local and national initiatives are also required. Conservation and management programmes are more likely to be successful if individuals understand the value and key risks relevant to the region. A learning centre would facilitate engagement of stakeholders to promote environmental conservation in the region

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Secure farmland suitable for the learning centre in the central district of Kayunga.


    » Phase 1 is NOW COMPLETED SSU have successfully secured 21 acres of farmland in the central district of Kayunga

    What success will look like

    The acquisition of land provides a level of commitment on behalf of SSU to forge partnerships with targeted organisations to form a collaboration in delivering a successful project

    Aim 2

    Collaboration with stakeholder groups, including; Local & International NGO's & Local Government


    » NOW UNDERWAY - SSU is currently in discussions with a number of both local and International organisations, Government officials and departments.

    What success will look like

    Success will be forming partnerships with 'specialism' focused organisations to provide technical input to both the planning and delivery of this project. E.g. A climate change NGO

    Aim 3

    Raise £12,750 to install security fencing around the site


    » Fund raising events in both the UK and Uganda

    What success will look like

    Donors and investors will receive regular photographic reports on the progress of each stage

    Aim 4

    Secure funding to fully implement the learning centre


    » Fundraising events Grant proposals Seek private investors & Stakeholder groups

    What success will look like

    The project will be supervised by Richard Woolley, the senior project manager based in Uganda. Donors / Investors will receive regular comprehensive project and financial reports.

  • Impact


    The learning centre will be developed in collaboration and will feature as an integral part of regional and national environmental education and awareness creation efforts. The centre will provide a channel to enable national policy to cascade down to grassroots level and directly impact local communities, providing educational opportunities to local people with an emphasis on youth. Educational learning opportunities at the centre would be focused on biodiversity and particularly land use.


    There is a risk that one or more of the partnering organisations may decide to leave the collaboration. Although each organisation is chosen for a particular technical expertise, SSU has dealt with the risk by fostering close links with a plethora of NGO's and organisations to ensure we are best placed to replace any exiting partner.


    A comprehensive Monitoring and Evaluation protocol is in place to ensure that the centre remains on track to achieve the documented aims and objectives. Reports will be compiled collaboratively, ensuring that both donors and stakeholder groups receive a comprehensive quarterly report.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £12,750

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,000 Chain Link Fencing secure fencing around complete site
      £1,400 Labour Labour to install 1,160 metres of fencing
      £700 Transport Transporting of materials to site
      £650 Security Employing security company for 1 month during installation
  • Background


    The learning centre will be located in the district of Kayunga, Central Uganda, approximately 60km from the capital city of Kampala.
    Kayunga provides an ideal location for the centre, nestled in the central region, is home to an estimated 361,483 residents, 96% of whom rely on subsistence agriculture. Kayunga provides an idea location for this project.

    - Centrally located
    - One of Uganda's biggest farming regions
    - The land acquired by SSU borders Ssezibwa wetland


    Open to any interested party, however, the centre will actively target subsistence farmers and students.
    Farmers - to increase the value of their harvests through better and more efficient farming practices so that they can improve their lives without damaging the natural resources they rely on.
    Students - To encourage and promote environmental conservation projects within their school environment
    It is anticipated that the centre will benefit 24,000 farmers / students in year one alone.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    SSU is a young charity, since forming in 2013, we have achieved a considerable amount.

    This project will only be successfully delivered by forming a collaboration of local & International NGO's, private companies, government bodies and private donors.

    Although the vision and idea has been formed by SSU, it is the partnerships that they will form that will ensure a successful and long lasting project is implemented.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Richard Woolley - Chairman Stepping Stones Uganda

    Richard is permanently based in Uganda. Richard has built up an influential network of colleagues within NGO's, local government and private companies