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We try as much as possible to be transparent.  We want to make sure that every donation is put into the right use in fighting poverty hunger and poverty. We want to protect the environment, mitigate, and adapt to climate change. These audited reports shows how we have been performing for the last 3 years

In the last 8 years of operation, CIBIC Have so far registered the following achievements;

  1. In 2011 Mr. Tusingwire John Bosco began researching why many people were not contented with nature conservancy in Bwindi and were burning the forests and killing the animals. Their answers indicated poverty, hunger, and malnutrition were killing many people. Children did not attend school due to their inability to pay school fees and related expenses. There was little hope for a bright future. A small meeting was held asking how to address these problems. It was decided to approach the local tourist lodges about purchasing locally produced agriculture rather than importing it from Kampala. And to promote agri-tourism to the lodge’s guests.

  2. In 2012 CIBIC began with 10 community members from the local Buhoma village lead by Mr. Tusingwire John Bosco. The organization started community farm experimental plots to learn how things can work better in the local setting. It started with one small mushroom growing house accommodating 20 gardens, 3 traditional beehives, and a small plot of land growing vegetables. This confirmed locally produced agriculture could outperform imported produce, and a more efficient market could be sustained by facilitating cooperation among our over 300 small farmers.

  3. In 2013 CIBIC won a grant from Rufford Small Grants for nature conservation for a piggery project to demonstrate to the local community and reformed poachers an alternative livelihood to poaching as their source of meat. Seven groups of 10-15 members each were supported with a male and a female pig. The piggery project also demonstrated soil fertility practices utilizing pig manure as fertilizer and crop remain to supplement pig feed and reduce feed costs. The demonstration garden later raised money to extend gravity water piping, storage, and distribution in various points of the farm. Both demonstration goals were successful.

  4. In 2014 CIBIC created and led a social-economic partnership with Uganda Wildlife Authority (Bwindi National Park) and Batwa Development Program to enable 100 women in mushroom farming. The mushroom project was so successful it won the 2014 African SEED AWARD. The award was presented in Nairobi where CIBIC was pleased and proud to represent the partners. This award and its publicity led to expanding the mushroom growing business from one to six villages and opened new markets in the major towns of Kanungu and Kihihi.

  5. Also in 2014 CIBIC attracted the Bees Abroad Foundation to help support the Batwa Pygmy beekeeping project through training workshops and field outreach to their apiaries by several beekeeping experts from Europe who regularly come to Uganda to teach the Batwa to be better beekeepers. These projects include 120 hives. The training covered equipped the beneficiaries with the knowledge to make Kenya Top Bar hives, make good apiaries, manage and work with bees in hives, harvesting, and honey processing. CIBIC is now able to supply Quality honey and the brand name “Bwindi Batwa Honey” continuously sells the product to the lodges and the general public in Uganda and a few exports. CIBIC also teaches the farmers skills to make bee wax candles, face and body lotions, and lip balms from the bee wax. As pollinators, the 10 million bees from these hives mitigate climate change and assist the food production system.

  6. In 2015 CIBIC established a relationship with Brigham Young University, a USA-based University, whose students help the organization to expand its mushroom project at the demonstration center by constructing more mushroom houses and procuring a vehicle to transport mushrooms and other products to the market and deliver supplies to the farmers in time and on-demand.

  7. In 2016 CIBIC received the fish flies and seed funding from Bwindi and Mghinga Conservation Trust to accommodate 4000 fish flies in its demonstration fish ponds. These ponds have now been expanded to raise 8000 Tilapia and Catfish.

  8. In 2017 CIBIC successfully requested a second grant from the Rufford Foundation to carry out conservation awareness that persuaded poachers to reform and find alternative livelihoods like vegetable growing and animals rearing through revolving loans and by providing access to a cooperative market. The grant was utilized to build a business center to provide a market where these farmers can sell their produce. The grant allowed CIBIC to purchase a plot in Nkwenda Trading Centre and build a cooperative grocery, restaurant, and cooperative society. CIBIC and its many beneficiaries are deeply grateful to Ruffords Small Grants for nature conservation.

  9. In 2018 CIBIC completed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Batwa Development Program (BDP) to help the Batwa exit poverty through self-sufficient agriculture. Over 400 Batwa are now able to practice sustainable agriculture, sell their produce to make an income, and grow their own food. This partnership has support from the cooperative facility funded by Rufford Foundation and the Brigham Young University students. Some of the BDP partners are now members of the cooperative society and are good creditors.

  10. In 2019 CIBIC worked with its members to grow and expand the farmer’s cooperative society, now with 68 shareholders and 77 subscribed members. The society was registered in 2018 with offices in Bwindi Nkwenda Trading Centre and recently held its first annual general meeting.

  11. In 2019 CIBIC also found it important to work with Reformed Poachers and Batwa talented young men and women to form a program of will, dance and drama for the purpose of promoting awareness on climate change mitigation measures, environmental health, alternative livelihood projects as opposed to poaching and teaching people to reform from poaching and be self-sufficient.

In 2020 CIBIC started demonstrating how to recycle plastics by turning it into art and craft and building houses made of plastics instead of burnt soil bricks