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

A Kairos moment

By tmurray | October 27, 2020

Read Fr. Emmanuel Katongole’s article on Covid-19 as a ‘Kairos’ moment in the Notre Dame Keough School of Global Affairs newsletter.

Listen to Fr. Emmanuel on Near and Far podcast “Putting Laudato Si into Action in Uganda.”

By tmurray | April 24, 2020

In Memory of John Ssembatya, BLI Farm Manager 1974-2019

By tmurray | October 25, 2019

With deep sorrow we share the loss of our Farm Manger, John Ssembatya, on 5/10/2019. John was taking milk to his customers on his bicycle and had an accident en route. John was the first, and until now, the longest serving BLI staff member, having joined BLI in 2014, and we will greatly miss him.…

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