Reforestation and Traditional Healing in Uganda

“To plant trees then, is to restore the homes of the ancestors. To plant trees is to make vibrant again the available connectivity of the people and their belief system. It is reforestation, and it is ecological restoration, but it is also cultural restoration.” Visit our GlobalGiving campaign HERE to support Restoring Native Trees and Empower Women Healers. Sunrise in Uganda We awoke to the sun rising, and the crisp…

The Trees of Acholiland

A quick glance at Northern Uganda and you might think that it’s another Serengeti.  It is a home to rolling savannah, to vast horizons seen blurred through the dust-heavy air.  Sunrises and sunsets are red giants rippling mirage-like, and indeed in the region’s protected areas and natural parks the iconic big game of sub-Saharan Africa does roam. But the image is a recent and artificial one.  Yes, giraffes and elephants…

A Forest for the Trees – Uganda

For most who know it, shea butter evokes exuberant health, youthful skin, and perhaps a faint trace of connection to the African continent. At home in many a bazar in Europe, Asia, and America, shea (Vitellaria paradoxa, family Sapotaceae) is also widely consumed in its homeland for a variety of uses. Yes, for skin care, and also as a surprisingly delicious cooking oil added to flavor beans. For the Acholi-Luo…