From our Partners: “In Uganda’s Lake Victoria Basin, HoPE is alive,” Pathfinder International

I want you to first understand that people don’t lead their lives in silos.

You see, the drivers of extreme poverty—like poor health, food insecurity or gender inequality—are undeniably interconnected.  A person is not just affected by one, but a combination: one’s livelihood may depend on cutting down trees. Cut down too many trees, and the resulting environmental degradation jeopardizes that livelihood, which affects the family’s health and food security. It’s all connected.

Similarly, in the Lake Victoria Basin, where the population is expected to double in the next 20 years, one cannot address the growing needs of these communities without reproductive and maternal health and rights. Threats to biodiversity such as overfishing cannot be overcome without also weaving in issues around food security and livelihood.

We must look at all of them, together. As an conservation organization, we have always asked: how can one challenge be resolved without addressing them all in a holistic and integrated fashion?

And that’s how my organization, the Ecological Christian Organization (ECO), came to sit at the table with Pathfinder International and other partners, thinking about a new project called HoPE-LVB.

Click here to read the full commentary by Charles Kabiswa of Pathfinder International at Pathfinder International’s website.