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Langeti integrated initiative

Langeti is a global approach, a response to the challenges that Cooperative Growth – Uganda and its partners have identified in Moyo District, in the West Nile region of Uganda. Its name is inspired, in fact, by a very common institution among the peoples of Africa: The place of the bonfire. Traditionally, the flame was lit at sunset, but due to the impact of colonization and capitalism, many communities have lost it. According to our analysis of the situation, this was the most important institution among the Ma’di, who gathered the family around the bonfire to share anything we can imagine in relation to human life. It was the place where tales and fables were told, lessons were given, conflicts were discussed and resolved, punishments were established when necessary and, above all, food was shared. Each household brought a plate to the Langeti and everyone shared it until it was exhausted. Then, another dish was shared with the same idea.

Based on the characteristics of this ancient institution, we have identified three fundamental values ​​that should have been part of natural communities, or at least would fit very well into their idiosyncrasy:

  1. Synergy: It is a way of understanding nature, not only human, through which our existence is a permanent interaction with the environment, in co-implication, joining forces in the same direction.

  2. Integration: This value tells us that no one is left behind or nothing is left out of the middle. Talks about a deep sense of belonging and identity. In a community, no one is expendable, so relationships between members have to be developed.

  3. Empowerment: When everything is shared, knowledge is always transmitted from those who have it to those who have not yet acquired it. There is no possession of knowledge, there is only sharing, making the whole community stronger.

To be able to reinforce these values ​​in the communities that Cooperative Growth – Uganda works with, Langeti has to be shaped by a series of actions that lead in that direction. For this reason, three sub-projects are being developed in Moyo.

status of the projects

future plans

The period between 2022 and 2027 is the most ambitious of our NGOs. After many years with a single project, we are now working on three and very different specialties. Also, we went from an annual budget that did not exceed €20,000 to go beyond €100,000. To be able to manage these funds properly, Cooperative Growth – Uganda has also recruited more dedicated staff, most notably in the Administration and Finance position.


To cover the operating expenses of Vura Music and Manuela, we have a solid base and we do not believe that we will have problems in this regard in the coming years. Even so, in order to develop the activities of the Manuela Project properly, it is necessary to build new facilities. We have a clear goal to start building the Center for Children with Special Needs in 2022, but current funding will not allow us to go beyond the surface level. In addition to everything we have already said about the Manuela Project, we would like to insist on the new possibilities that the new building would give us:

  • Increased capacity to accommodate children with special needs of any kind

  • Increase in the quality of services offered

  • Possibility of offering services to other members of the community, including victims of accidents, injuries, pregnant women, the elderly, etc.

  • New economic income derived from the services offered to other members of the community apart from children with special needs

We do not want to stop insisting that operating expenses are well covered and that we are not looking for continuous support, but rather one-off support that gives us the push we need.

Regarding Ruddu Hwe, we have big plans for the future, including the construction of a mini-factory for fruit and vegetable processing, for which the land has already been acquired. After completing the construction of the Bilinyo Cultural Center, the funds could be used to restart the project, but for the year 2023 we have no assurance of continuity.

In order to have greater guarantees for the future, Cooperative Growth – Uganda needs to do prolonged work to attract new members. In Uganda, working with both refugees and nationals, there are a wide variety of organizations working in areas similar to ours, so seeking their collaboration to implement our systems would be a real possibility.