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

BLI Summer 2019 Update

By tmurray | October 25, 2019

Dear Friends, I have just returned from Uganda, and thought that you would enjoy an update on the happenings at BLI. This was my first trip to the Bethany Land Institute, and although I am updated every month, seeing it in person left me even further impressed by the progress that our staff has made.…

Fr. Emmanuel participates in Vatican “Path of Nonviolence” Conference in Rome

By tmurray | May 6, 2019

Early this month, I had the honor of participating in a conference in Rome on “Path of Nonviolence: Towards a Culture of Peace. Organized by Pax Christi International and the Vatican Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development, the two day conference reflected on the Christian call to nonviolence in the midst of various…

New Land for BLI!

By tmurray | May 6, 2019

We are excited to share and celebrate some wonderful news with you. In addition to the land that we own and have been cultivating for the pase four years, through the generosity of the Kasana Luweero Diocese (KLD) we have been offered an additional 160 acres on which to build our campus! We have entered…

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