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Bethany Land Institute USA Ltd

Forming Leaders for Rural Transformation and Integral Ecology in Uganda

SOUTH BEND, IN   |  http://bethanylandinstitute.org

Mission

BLI was born in response to three challenges: food insecurity, ecological degradation and poverty in the rural communities of Uganda. Our mission is to form leaders who will serve as catalysts for rural transformation through an integrated education program in sustainable land care, economic empowerment and environmental leadership. Bethany Land Institute represents a new model: an integrated approach to fight poverty, restore dignity and care for creation. Our goal is to inspire similar models that can revitalize rural livelihoods in Uganda.

Ruling year info

2016

Founder & President

Fr. Emmanuel Katongole

Main address

PO BOX 6391

SOUTH BEND, IN 46660 USA

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EIN

81-2170242

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Agricultural Programs (K20)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Forest Conservation (C36)

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Bethany Land Institute

BLI addresses three problems in rural Uganda: Food Insecurity, Poverty & Ecological Degradation
Founded by three local Ugandans, our 2-year residential institute focuses on Environmental Education, Ecological Conservation & Economic Empowerment.
Comprised of two campuses in the Luwero District, students learn to care for the earth, focusing in three areas: Organic & Sustainable Farming, Marketing & Business Skills, Reforestation & Agroforestry. This is taught through an integrated approach known as Integral Ecology.
Our student classes are comprised of 50% women & 50% men. As they graduate from the program they take loans from our Savings & Credit Co-op to begin their own farm projects.
The goal of BLI is the transformation of rural Uganda (and Africa) back to a flourishing ecosystem capable of sustaining an organic agricultural economy. BLI is forming students to be leaders in their rural communities to achieve this goal.

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Reforestation and Agroforestry is another pillar of BLI. Our campuses have the last remaining natural forests in the Luwero region. They are now under our strict protection, and are models for the community to learn within. Invasive species have been removed and replanting of indigenous trees is underway as we expand the forest footprint. As a result, wetlands are returning, providing much needed water for agriculture. Also present are medicinal plants and herbs. Residing in the forests are monkeys, fox, deer, small animals and over 100 species of native birds. They are bringing back a flourishing ecosystem that benefits all of the surrounding communities.
Through agroforestry, trees are planted alongside vegetable gardens, each supporting the other through permaculture methods. Among these tree types are fruit producing, herbal supplements and hardwoods for shade. BLI’s goal is to plant 1,000,000 trees by the year 2050, with over 90,000 trees planted in the last 2 years.

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Bethany Land Institute USA Ltd

Board of directors
as of 02/23/2023
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Board chair

Emmanuel Katongole

Notre Dame University, Keough School of Global Affairs

Andrea Cate Crary

Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado

Lori Giovanni

Sara Hohnstein

The Isaachar Fund

Robert Johnson

Maureen Newsome

Kevin Sandberg

Executive Director, Center for Social Concerns, Notre Dame University

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