Thanks to your generous donations, we have achieved great changes within the gold mining communities in Busitema Subcounty, Uganda. We were able to supply the miners with security equipment for safer mining, sustainable water filters and, last but not least, goats! With bigger goat herds they don’t have to depend on gold mining as their sole source of income – and no longer have to endure undignified working conditions. With these achievements in our pocket, we feel confident to take on even bigger challenges. Our next project focuses on generating income alternative for the miners but on a larger scale. Together with the miners, we will implement a bee-keeping project that offers a sustainable, and eco-friendly income alternative.
• Improvement of security standards in the mines by handing out mining equipment
• Training in the correct handling of security equipment
• Training in jewelry making
• Support of efforts to diversify income generating activities
• Supply mining groups with small herds of goats as an income alternative, particularly for women
• Enhance health and safety in the communities by providing them with sustainable water filters and condoms.
• Start of bee keeping trainings for a sustainable business opportunity (March 2017-March 2018)
THIRD VISIT UGANDA
Earthbeat Foundation promotes awareness of ethical and environmentally responsible gold mining. We address everybody along the supply chain, from miners, over distributors and producers, all the way to the consumer. Earthbeat Foundation is promoting socially and environmentally sustainable ways in the gold mining industry. In this context, we initiate and support projects, which are based on respect for nature and human rights.
Pheew, we really couldn’t have done it without Jurij! The freelance graphic designer from Kazakhstan and Berlin has helped us with so many fantastic things, like graphic design, photoshop, technical know how and pretty much everything! Check out his website with some really interesting street art: www.frameless.cc
Jonathan came with us on our trip to Uganda! He helped us document all our amazing impressions and was always in the right place at the right place to capture everything we saw in film and photo. He also did a wonderful job filming and editing our documentary.
The sound studio for music and interactive design based in Berlin, Kling Klang Klong, has created the perfect sound and music for our documentary film about the trip to Uganda and the local people. Watch the movie and see for yourself the beautiful sounds of Kling Sound Klong. More of Kling Klang Klong here: http://www.klingklangklong.com
The Berlin design agency Goldener Westen has greatly helped us with the design of our Instagram clips about the dark side of the gold… You can find the amazing clips on our Facebook and Instagram page and on our Youtube channel. Head over to the Goldener Westen Homepage to see many more cool designs here: https://www.goldenerwesten.net
Serap Kara advises lifestyle brands and non-profit organisations on how to develop sustainable value chains with a focus on global resources and social impact. At the interface of economy, ecology and lifestyle she has worked with founders in the jewelry, fashion and creative industry to promote a global awareness for resources and craftsmanship. Her passion is to create holistic value chains that harmonise systems for future generations.
Currently pursuing his master’s degree in international development, Loris is deeply concerned about and involved with local development in sub-Saharan Africa. Greatly interested in issues of global environmental justice. Not only through his scientific background, but also due to his many trips to Africa, Loris is a great supporter of Earthbeat’s HEARTBEAT UGANDA project.
Ruben travelled the world to work on several projects that aimed to save and protect local craftsmanship and communities. In this context, he also supports the Earthbeat Foundation with documentation and photography on our Uganda journeys. He also began his studies as an Interior designer at Burg Giebichenstein, known as one of the best art universities in Germany. Ruben believes that production and design need to be in line with respect and fairness.