It is EMI's privilege to partner with the Bethany Land Institute (BLI) in Uganda in developing a master plan to help grow this fruitful ministry that is providing Uganda's rural poor with an integrated education in sustainable land use, economic entrepreneurship, and spiritual formation through an intensive two-year residential program. EMI originally performed a master plan for BLI in 2016 but the ministry has recently received ownership of another site, creating a need for a revised master plan. BLI is an agriculture training program that is responding to three major challenges in rural Uganda: environmental degradation, food insecurity, and poverty. This master plan will help BLI equip their students to respond to these challenges with an educated, Christian worldview.
The EMI team will be assisting BLI with architectural programming, master planning, and developing phase one building designs (i.e., site office, wood, and metal fabrication structures), plus building concepts and locations for the rest of the campus. The team will also provide a site assessment, and recommendations and engineering conceptual designs of site civil (i.e., water supply, stormwater, wastewater treatment, and electrical systems for the campus infrastructure and electrical distribution). This revised master plan will focus on the 23-acre portion of the site where the educational facilities and demonstration farm will be located and providing agricultural consulting for site layout and irrigation for the 120 acres of agricultural land.
EMI is excited to support BLI in serving their community and students through education and discipleship. Please prayerfully consider joining us in October on this exciting and Christ-centered project in Uganda.
Scott Sammons, EMI US Trip Leader