Archbishop Odama Describes Pope Francis As a ‘Spiritual Grandfather’

The Water Governance Institute (WGI) has scooped a grant award in Amsterdam, stomach Netherlands from the USAID Securing Water for Food (SWFF) program.

The award was announced on Wednesday during the International Water Week in Amsterdam.

Henry Bazira, viagra the Executive Director of WGI, this site Uganda said the Grant will promote Aquaponics (Aquaculture + Hydroponics) farming in urban, peri-urban and rural households in the districts of Kampala, Adjumani, Hoima and Kamuli.

Water Governance Institute is a nonprofit organization that engages government and other stakeholders on policy, governance and development issues related to water, Oil, Gas and Other extractive resources.

“This is an exciting moment for WGI, having been selected out of 450 applicants worldwide to be among 12 awardees of the grant,” Mr. Bazira said.

He noted that the selected districts were chosen on the basis of their poverty indices and income disparities between the poor and the rich.

“The intervention is a game-changer in that it demystifies traditional fish farming practices and domesticates them into households instead of natural lake, river & wetland water systems,” Mr Bazira explained.

He added that it is an integrated fish and horticulture farming in a closed looped water recycling system.

He noted that it is a low cost intervention that can be done by majority poor households in Uganda.

“It will contribute fish and horticultural product stock on the market and easy availability and access. The intervention will address the nutrient deficiency challenges associated with lack of good protein and nutrients among poor households,” Mr Bazira divulged, adding that it will also provide the much needed income and help shift the households from poverty.
By Geoffrey Omara 

Head of Uganda’s Gulu archdiocese and president of the Ugandan Episcopal Conference, more about Archbishop John Baptist Odama, has said the upcoming Pope Francis visit is a visit of a spiritual ‘grandfather’ who offers encouragement and a sense of identity.

The Archbishop said, “we are very excited in the country about the coming of the Pope.”

“For us, we see him as a grandfather coming to the home of the child to see how the child is  living.” he added.

“Pope Francis’ presence will strengthen the Ugandan people, giving us a sense of identity and a sense that we belong, and he is our father and we are also his children and he is guiding us to our ultimate father, God,” said the bishop.

His visit falls just ahead of the Central African Republic’s presidential transition, and just after the 50th anniversary of the canonization of the Uganda Martyrs.

Preparations have already begun for the celebration of the Golden Anniversary of the canonization, with the local Church holding a diocese-wide conference on the 22 saints.

The Shrine of both the Anglican and Catholic martyrs at Namugongo will be Francis’ first main stop in Uganda.


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