Forming Leaders in Integral Ecology for Rural Transformation in Uganda

Who Are We?

Inspired by Pope Francis' 2015 encyclical Laudato Si', Bethany Land Institute employs the notion and practice of Integral Ecology to respond to three major challenges in rural Uganda: environmental degradation, food insecurity, and poverty.


Working within the Laudato Si' Action Platform we actively work toward the seven Laudato Si' Goals. We recognize the inherent connection between the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor, and our program equally recognizes the importance of education, environmentalism, and sound economics.

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"Strategies for a solution demand an integrated approach to combating poverty, restoring dignity to the excluded, and at the same time protecting nature."

Laudato Si' 139

Our Three Pillars

“I want to be a part of the change I want to see, mainly the restoration of Mother Earth.”


- Paul Muzalugamba, Current BLI Caretaker Trainee

BLI Staff
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BLI News and Information

NEWSLETTER: 2022 President’s Letter

By Emma Ziegler | December 14, 2022

Dear friends and partners of Bethany Land Institute (BLI), I have been thinking about you over the Thanksgiving weekend. We at BLI have a lot to be grateful for this year. As I reflect on what has been an extraordinary year for BLI, my heart is filled with gratitude for all that has been realized and…

NEWSLETTER: Public Launch Update

By Emma Ziegler | October 12, 2022

Dear BLI friend, we are excited to share an update with you. BLI is officially launched! On July 29, over 1,400 people attended the BLI Public Launch on our Nandere campus. Kampala Diocese Archbishop Paul Ssemogerere and Honorable Justin Kasule Lumumba (from the office of the Ugandan Prime Minister) both took part in the ceremonies,…

Notre Dame News

By Emma Ziegler | September 28, 2022

Recently, our friends at the University of Notre Dame have shared a few stories about Bethany Land Institute. The most recent story was released by ND Stories. It follows BLI’s journey from its inception with the founders to its recent official launch. It also includes the following beautiful video showcasing BLI’s work. READ HERE. The…

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