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

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BLI News and Information

Gaining Global Recognition

By Emma Ziegler | April 19, 2022

BLI is now also featured on the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology’s Laudato Si’ webpage. Later this year, it will be featured in the Forum’s newsletter. These features are a testament to BLI’s success as an institution that lives out integral ecology. Everyday, we continue to answer to the cry of the poor and the cry…

BLI Visitors: Sanyu Maria’s Reflection

By Emma Ziegler | September 11, 2021

The following is a reclection written by recent Notre Dame graduate Maria Orjalies Riberas. She traveled to BLI in July 2021 and will be returning in October: “As when adjusting to life in any new country, it’s fairly common for one to find themselves in constant cultural shock, lost in translation, and dependent on those…

BLI Visitors: Kirabo Emma’s Reflection

By Emma Ziegler | September 11, 2021

The following is a reflection written by Emma Ziegler, a recent Notre Dame graduate. Emma traveled to BLI in July 2021 with Father Emmanuel and wrote this reflection on the experience: “Traveling to Bethany Land Institute in Nandere, Uganda, I expected to find a dulled version of the institute I had seen in photos and…

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