Finally, Kamwanyi residents welcome call to green environment By Cate Nanyonjo

Photos: In Kamwanyi, Kampala

Photos: The social mobility space in Kamwanyi, Kampala

When the Ghetto Go Green project was launched in Kamwanyi, a suburb of Kampala, the implementers
of the project faced an uphill task convincing the community to embrace it.
There were calls for the people to green their environments, for instance their compounds, by planting
trees and establishing urban gardens. In many of the homes where the objectives of the project were
introduced to the community, the reception was lukewarm.
However, the situation took a different turn recently when the second wave of COVID-19 hit Uganda.
Some of the people who had not been welcoming of the suggestions to green their environments were
the ones this time seeking information on how to plant herbal trees in their compounds. They visited the
social mobility space to not only embrace the green environment, but also ask how best they can have
their own gardens at home.
The surge in the number of COVID-19 cases increased the rate at which people were steaming, with
some using some of the herbs that are found in the social mobility space in Kamwanyi.
Their change of heart came amidst a surge in the number of people being admitted with COVID-19
complications, as well as the deaths being reported as a result of infections by the virus. As a result of
the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, President Yoweri Museveni announced a total lockdown
in the country on June 18. The lockdown is expected to last 42 days.

 

By Cate Nanyonjo

Community Journalist