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Challenger Profile at a Glance

Meet AYOWECCA Uganda , 2021 International Climate Action Challenge Eco-Champion award-winners!


  • #08 – AYOWECCA Uganda

  • Location: Uganda

  • Registered Challengers: Jonathan Olwenyi, Agatha Nanyire, Catherine Awor, Obbo Moses, Ochieng Daniel Ologe

  • 90-Day Challenge Period: September 1 – November 30, 2021

Impact Highlights

During the 90-day challenge, AYOWECCA Uganda:

  • Planted 1,800 fruit trees in schools and health centers in Tororo District, Eastern Region, Uganda.

  • Gave posho flour and beans to an estimated 500 of the most vulnerable families hit by the hunger crisis.

  • Trained 365 young adolescent girls and women on how to make reusable sanitary towels hosting trainings at a youth center, a court hall, and district headquarters.

  • Jonathan Olwenyi, founder, traveled to COP26, met with Ugandan ministers, and appeared on Scottish TV during COP26

Tree planting details:

  • Planting dates: September 2 – October 18, 2021

  • Sites: Four primary schools and four health centers in Tororo County

  • Tree types: Mangoes, pawpaw, oranges, jackfruit, avocados and guavas

Video Script

Hi, are you concerned about social and environmental issues? Join us! My name is Jonathan Olwenyi. I’m the founder of AYOWECCA Uganda, a community youth- led non-government organization founded in Uganda, east Africa in 2018. During our 90 days of challenge, we managed to plant 1,800 fruit trees, both in schools and health centers.

We trained 365 young adolescent girls and women on how to make reusable sanitary towels. I traveled to Glasgow for COP26, where I met with Ugandan ministers, made very many friends, did two interviews with Channel 4, a Scottish TV station. We need to increase more awareness and create understanding of climate change, speed up on efforts to reduce the impacts. We need to fight for the rights of nature and the rights of indigenous people, because the earth belongs to all of us.


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