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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

The Institute is Open!

By tmurray | April 8, 2021

Spring Update 2021 Greetings to you and your loved ones from all of us at Bethany Land Institute.We wish you a happy and blessed Easter Season.And, we are delighted to announce that our new campus is open!The awakening of Spring and the Easter season brings new life – and so it is for BLI. On…

Reflections from BLI volunteers – 3/14/21

By tmurray | March 14, 2021

We first were introduced to Fr. Emmanuel by our daughter Sara in April of 2016. Fr. Emmanuel was looking for someone to volunteer to coordinate the building of a dream; a campus for Bethany Land Institute. By time we met him a White Paper had been written that outlined the vision for BLI. Land had…

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. https://keough.nd.edu/a-kairos-moment-prophecy-and-hope-in-the-time-of-covid-19/

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