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Forming Leaders in Integral Ecology for Rural Transformation in Uganda

Who Are We?

Bethany Land Institute provides Uganda's rural poor with a two-year, residential integrated education program in regenerative agriculture and economic entrepreneurship.

Inspired by Pope Francis' 2015 encyclical Laudato Si', BLI employs the notion and practice of Integral Ecology to empower local students and communities to combat three major challenges in Uganda: environmental degradation, food insecurity, and poverty.

BLI works within the Laudato Si' Action Platform, actively pursuing 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, BLI Commissioned Caretaker

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BLI News and Information

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…

Celebrating Laudato Sí Week 2021

By tmurray | May 24, 2021

Newsletter 5/24/21 Pope Francis’ encyclical letter Laudato Si’ was released in June 2015. Five years later, in 2020, Pope Francis invited all to celebrate its fifth anniversary by protecting families and future generations through action to care for our common home. Laudato Si’ Week 2021, May 16-24, celebrates the end of the Special Laudato Si’ Anniversary Year.Here are…

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