Situated in Nassuti village, the Good Samaritan Integrated Primary School gardening project was launched in 2010 with the joint aim of providing better nutrition and prospects for the physically disabled students and to create a demonstration site that would act as a learning center for the surrounding urban community. The garden is designed to allow children with disabilities to participate, study and acquire practical life-skills that can lead to greater independence and better lives. The 60 participating pupils learn basic traditional and environmentally sustainable farming techniques as they cultivate vegetables like beans, peas, a diversity of leafy vegetables and other crops like bananas, maize and fruit trees in irrigated, split-level gardens on school grounds. In addition to encouraging students to pass on their new knowledge to their families, the project invites the local community to participate – families of pupils, the surrounding farming community, students from other schools, agricultural experts and so on – to broaden the discussion about local food production and encourage wide-spread adoption of sustainable approaches.
Good Samarithan primary school, Nassuti village, Kasese District
Samuel Ssennyama, Fred Migadde