Projects as inspiration for imitation

On this page I would like to present the results of my 4 year project.

Each year, I visited 3 dioceses and documented projects with the respective CWM leaders, which could be very interesting for the groups and suitable for imitation. In doing so, I followed the hypothesis that there is enough know-how in Uganda to be able to drive development forward on their own – without outside help.

Teaching garden of Fr. Francis. Dokumantation

Fr. Franzis is the right hand of the Bishop of Kasana- Luwero and a very active chaplain of the CWM. It is very amazing with which great ideas he initiates many initiatives or implements them himself. On the land of his parents he is experimenting together with other committed people how to do efficient, high-yield ecological agriculture in Africa. For example, in the pictures you can see how passion fruits grow tall without wooden frames and so-called Umbrella Trees and spread over the wide branches. Ripe fruit can then simply be harvested overhead.
Or instead of fencing a site, plant a suitable tree variety every 2 meters. Already after 1-2 years you can attach wire to it. Thus, the property is fenced in the same way as if you had taken stakes that rot after 5-6 years. On top of that, you can regularly harvest wood from the trees.

Katechisten cooperative  Dokumentation

450 catechists run an agricultural cooperative, also accompanied by Francis. They not only harvest fruits, vegetables, coffee and other things such as wood, but they automatically learn modern organic farming.



Coffee cooperative of 368 farmers Dokumentation

These farmers have joined forces to use a large machine to hull the coffee and prepare it for sale. This allows them to achieve a much higher price on the market than if they sold it directly after harvesting.



Food Bank cooperative Dokumentation
With the help of Caritas, the 60 members of the cooperative built a warehouse, a mill and a market table. They can now temporarily store their harvest until the price is appropriately high and then sell it. In the past, they always had to sell immediately after harvesting and obtained a low price because all the farmers rushed to the market at once. The market table was built along the main road, guaranteeing considerable customer traffic. The profit of the last two years was so remarkable that they even built themselves an administration/meeting building.
Village builds school itself Dokumentation
A school principal, who had just retired, suggested to the community – which was 6 km away from the nearest elementary school – that they build a school themselves. Until it was ready, the children were to be taught in the old dilapidated church and outside in the open air. The community was happy and hired 4 teachers who were willing to teach under these extremely primitive conditions. The atmosphere was very positive and you could see from the piles of sand that construction was about to begin. The people in charge were convinced that in one year the building would be ready.

Agricultural machinery factory Dokumentation

Since 1995, CWM Gayasa cashier Joseph Kavumba has built a substantial agricultural machinery factory that designs and manufactures very small hand-operated to large processing equipment. An engineer by training, he develops the machines together with customers and manufactures them with 15 to 25 employees, depending on the order backlog. He has built everything from the beginning without outside assistance. It is hard to believe when you see the considerable machinery.

Decoration project Kampala Dokumentation

This project was developed by Annet with her two daughters in 2013. They furnish all kinds of parties with desired decoration. It is so successful that they were able to build their own house in the middle of the slam and have already invested considerably in the company



Catering women group Mbuya Dokumentation

In 2004, Matha and the CWM women’s group began feeding people at a large church festival. The women brought all the cooking utensils, plates and cutlery from home and cooked at the festival site. This was such a great success that they raised a considerable amount of money with which they were able to purchase their first equipment. Continuously the project grew, so that in 2015 they were able to register a company. Today, 40 women work in the project and they are very well equipped. They even have their own truck with which they can transport the food to the clients. The biggest and continuous job is to feed the staff of a company with 280 employees twice a day. Most of the women previously lived on the streets and have not only found a job here, but a new family.

Semi-professional brick production in Kajjansi


Francis, the cashier of CWM Kajjansi, has built this brickyard on a small piece of land with his family and meanwhile 6 employees. From the profit they could already build a nice house for the family. It is hard to believe the primitive means they use to produce bricks of exactly the same quality as if they came from a large brickyard. Video


 Project Resty and Joseph

Kajjansi  Dokumentation

In 2002, Resty and Joseph started growing various crops and processing them into products such as wine and juice. The various fruits and vegetables also sold well at the market. The peanuts they grew themselves were also packed into small bags and sold. They produced exercise books and liquid soap. In the meantime they have built a very nice big house and pay the school fees for 5 of their own and five admitted children.


Deaf carpentry Kajjansi Dokumentation

Charles – a very active member of CWM – has a very good command of the deaf language. This prompted him in 1996 to set up a training carpentry workshop with deaf people, where these young people can not only do their training, but also live. In addition one must know that in Uganda handicapped humans have it very heavily and are extraordinarily grateful for such a assistance. Already 3 of the trained carpenters have built up their own workshops.


Women’s Project Butema-Hoima Dokumentation

The women’s group de CWM Butema developed this project to enable girls who have dropped out of school for various reasons (drop outs) to train as seamstresses, hairdressers, arts and crafts and decoration. They were given the space by a member of the women’s group. It is amazing the creativity in this project and the positive atmosphere in which the training takes place. In addition to custom-made clothes, used clothes are also sold.



Youth group carpentry Butema Dokumentation

In 2017, the CWM youth group founded a carpentry workshop in a garage. 15 young men and women work there and thus automatically learn the carpentry trade. It is amazing with what primitive tools they achieve this high precision. Our donors were willing to donate 100 chairs for the St. Kizito Kindergarten. They completed this order in 2 months

Creative Primary School Dokumentation

Noas Ark Elementary School is extraordinarily impressive. Lawrence has been building his school since 2008. From very primitive equipment, he is developing the facility into a very modern, creative and hands-on school. The whole family is not only involved with heart and soul, but also with a lot of pedagogical and methodical imagination. Here the slumbering wealth in Africa becomes apparent.

Ecological training center   Dokumentation

Elisha from Mityana started to build up this very interesting and important training and research center already in 1994. With students from the university (who can also take a degree here), representatives of agricultural associations and also simple farmers (who can afford it) he develops and trains with his 20 employees on the basis of strict ecological principles a highly efficient agriculture adapted to African conditions, but close to nature without any chemicals. He shows in a very vivid way how Africa could not only feed itself, but would have enough potential to export food.