- A partnership to create 3,980 job opportunities
- A professional bird tour guide earns 150 US dollars per day
- 1,081 bird species in the Albertine areas
Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU) has entered into a partnership with Bird Uganda Safaris Limited, a birding tour company to establish 3,980 job opportunities for young women and men over a 5-year period.
The partnership is in collaboration with the Mastercard Foundation as part of the Young Africa Works–Enhancing Lead Firm Structure for Youth Employment in Uganda.
Samuel Yalew Adela, Country Head, Mastercard Foundation noted that under this partnership, work opportunities will be generated in birding tours, cultural tours, other nature tours, tour drivies, food and craft production, cultural dances and value chain.
This will be implemented in the districts of Kiruhura Kazo, Isingiro, Mbarara, Rubirizi, Bushenyi, Mpigi, Buikwe, Mukono, Masindi, Hoima, Kasese, Bundibugyo, among others.
According to Stephen Asiimwe, the Director - Policy and Business Development at PSFU, This intervention is timely because, the tourism and hospitality sectors across the globe have taken perhaps the greatest hit from the COVID-19 pandemic and any effort to boost the sector is highly appreciated.
Bird watching is the fastest growing outdoor recreation activity in Uganda.Steven Asiimwe
Reports from tourism sector shows that, Uganda has 1,081 bird species in the Albertine areas.
85 of these are rare species and within East Africa are only found in Uganda.
Commenting on the partnership, Mr. Herbert Byaruhanga- Managing Director Bird Uganda Safaris Limited noted that Uganda enjoys substantial economic benefits from visiting birds