Program and on going activities

Climate resilience and adaptation

Science informs us that the impacts of climate change are advancing at a faster rate than anticipated and may have irreversible effects on our natural systems. The effects are already huge as seen in the loss of crops and the resulting instability in the price of food products in our communities. The information about climate change and adaptation is lacking in our communities and where the information is available, they are very scientific and people tend not to pay much attention to them.

Therefore, we has been mobilizing and sensitizing communities in their area about climate change and the need to adapt to the ever changing climate. We are currently mobilizing women into a group with the help of our partners to train them on best alternatives and sustainable practices they can adopt to remain resilient even in the face of harsh weathers.

Land rights and gender equity

Following the commercial oil discoveries in the Albertine region in 2006, a lot of oil infrastructures are being developed and as a result many people are being displaced from their land to pave way for construction of different infrastructures. For instance, in 2012 government of Uganda through Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development acquired 29sq km of land covering 13 villages in Kabaale-Buseruka displacing 7,118 people to pave way for construction of Uganda’s oil refinery. ORRA has since then, been at the forefront to mobilize and empower communities in these areas to be able to engage with government and oil companies to demand for fair, adequate and prompt compensation.

We are also closely working with women, children and the elderly while promoting land rights of project affected persons to ensure equity during the compulsory land acquisition processesd. This is because women constitute over 70% of agricultural labor force and yet, despite their enormous contributions, most of them neither enjoy the proceeds of their labor nor do majority of them own productive resources such as land. This is also common for the children and the elderly especially when it comes to large land acquisition. Therefore, the lack of women, children and elderly participation in decision making and access to and control over resources put them in a vulnerable position that requires special consideration.

Environment and extractives

Oil and gas drilling has negative implications for our lands and communities. Drilling projects operate around the clock, disrupting wildlife, human health, recreation and other aspects of community lands.

ORRA is providing a platform where directly project affected communities, local leaders, cultural and religious leaders come together to discuss environmentally related concerns that is likely to come with major oil and gas infrastructure in the region. Several infrastructures such as oil pipelines, central processing facilities, water abstraction facilities, oil refinery, waste management plants, oil roads among others have been proposed and these infrastructures have different impact on our ecosystems and community livelihoods, which thus require awareness creation and engagement with the government and the developers to ensure that the activities are done in an environmentally conservation manner and protection of community livelihoods.

Food and agriculture

This is one of our key programs where we have been mobilizing and sensitizing communities on food security. Under this program, we mobilize communities in groups especially we have formed groups of women and youth who are trained with the help of agriculture experts on harvesting and handling produce, animal and pest control, produce treatment, produce storage, tree planting and watering. We have also managed to give out 5,000 fruit tree seedlings to communities in Kabaale, Nyakasenene, Kigaaga, Kijumba, Nyahaira and Katooke areas.

With the different activities of oil and gas in the Albertine region, many people are selling off their land to speculators to buy boda-bodas living out their traditional economic activities which is agriculture to venture into small retail businesses. Therefore, it was based upon this background that ORRA designed this program to help its communities to improve on their agriculture practices to be able to tap opportunities from the oil and gas sector in the region.