The Ugandan Camillian mission organized a series of activities related to CADIS project monitoring activities and the celebration of the Season of Creation from September 15 to 20, 2023. Seminarians, scholastics, religious, lay volunteers and project beneficiaries participated in the programs.
Among the highlights of the celebration is the promotion of ecological conversion and resiliency among poor disaster affected communities through a program of community-based sustainable fishing methods at Lake Victoria. Forty fishermen completed the training and practicum for two years. Prior to the training they engaged in an unsustainable fishing method which was prohibited by the government. Only later, they realized that it is not so much by having a bountiful catch every time they go fishing but it is having more fish in the lake for the future generation. They go out to catch just enough to maintain and earn savings for their families as well as for the members of their association. They learned to use fishing gears that will not sacrifice the small and growing fishes; respect the breeding season of fish; maintain cleanliness in the lake. They resort to this way in order to mitigate the impact of climate change on the lake as its temperature is rising and the wind is intensifying.
The Camillian seminarians in Jinja watched the movie “The Letter”, inspired by the encyclical of Pope Francis Laudato Si'. After the viewing, they shared their experiences, reflections and insights of the movie. They presented some practical initiatives which they plan to realize in the seminary and in the maternity clinic such as the creation of the Laudato Si' garden for the patients and the greening of the vacant lot with a variety of ordinary vegetables and endemic fruit trees. Uganda is blessed with fertile land and abundant water because of the Nile river, Lake Victoria and the vast protected marshlands all over the country.
The Camillian scholastics in Fort Portal participated in 4-hour sessions and discussions in two days on the challenge of Camillian prophecy in our times. They tackled and have extensive exchange of ideas on how to promote ecological conversion and resilience to the poorest of the poor deprived of the fundamental access to healthcare services. All of them are convinced that the way forward is to engage in an authentic metanoia (ecological conversion) process in order to become models of community transformation and excellence. In this way, they will be able to influence and work with others towards ecological conversi'on and resilience of communities often affected or prone to natural and human-made disasters.