Yesterday, we started building a fence around the Juru Greenhouse in the Nakivale Refugee Settlement. But it’s a big job, and our work wasn’t over yet!
Yesterday, we started to pour the foundation of a fence that would help keep out animals eating their very precious crops. Today, we’re adding the poles and wire to make the fence complete.
The greenhouse is only a few months old — it opened in July 2018, which makes it the newest of four greenhouses we help manage in the area. But though a young operation, it’s a mighty one.
The garden’s incredible success has had a great impact in the community. Not only does it act as a demonstration center to show people how to manage backyard gardens, but it has produced so much food that members of the community were able to open a market in a remote area of the Nakivale Refugee Settlement.
Andrew, one of the ARC staff members who helped with the inauguration of the greenhouse, emphasized to us how much the fence would help keep the success and momentum going. “There is a lot of community energy put together into this greenhouse,” he explained. “But their biggest challenges have been their ability to water crops and animals grazing on the gardens. Last year, we lost an estimated $6,000 worth of crops because of these problems. The water tank ARC has installed and this fence will help prevent this from happening again.”