About Us

Community Initiative For Integrated Rural Development (CIIRD) is a registered not for profit community-based organization in Lwengo district, Uganda. Founded in 2011 and registered in with Lwengo District Community development Department under NGO/CBO 2010 and local Government act 1997.

Focused in the Kkingo subcounty, our goals are to:

  1. Alleviate poverty and address environmental challenges among smallholder farmers
  2. Reduce food insecurity and improve the livelihoods of poor rural farmer families through Agroforestry and farm enterprises.

Lwengo district (Uganda) has suffered the worst effects of climate change. Farms are affected by issues such as prolonged drought, poor rainfall distribution, crop failure and loss of livestock.

With the help of local and international volunteers, we can

  • Ensure food and nutrition security
  • Engage farmers in a profitable nature based farm or handicraft enterprises
  • Conserve the environment through sustainable land use management practices.

Erik Nelsson – Sweden

I spent 6 weeks with Community Initiative for Integrated Rural Development as a part of a longer trip in Africa. This was the most interesting experience on my travels and highly recommended, even though I would recommend to stay a longer period of time. During my internship I was a part of a multitude of community projects with a focus on agroforestry and organic farming. My supervisor, Godfrey, had a vast knowledge of the local environment and traditions, but also about the (great) challenges of climate change and how to adapt to them. He was good at English, and very communicative and flexible (which was needed, since the rain season lasted three weeks longer than “expected”). Among the projects, we built a tree nursery and prepared tree seedlings, we planted trees and produce, such as white cabbage, and attended work shops with local farmers. In general, it was a very pleasant experience and I hope to be able to return in the future to see the development in the area!

Experience in Uganda

Shelby Chau – Canada

For two weeks, I was volunteering with a women’s group located in Kasaana. The women made handicrafts such as mats, beads, and bracelets. The project was flexible; I was involved in activities such as product development, fundraising, and improving marketing. I stayed with Godfrey and his family during my time. Not only did they prove that Ugandans were very hospitable, but they were also very accommodating. Godfrey was very well informed and flexible. He let me see different aspects of Uganda, by introducing me to a local school, the women I volunteered with, and also different cultural aspects. Everyone I had interacted with was very friendly and eager to learn about my culture as well. With this project, I know my impact will be going very far! To conclude, I had an amazing time filled with culture and empowerment. I highly recommend!


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