- Name of Organization: Mubako Community
- Location: Near Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda
- Website: www.pearlsofuganda.org
- Phone: +256-414501866 / +256-772657700
- Price range: free for guests of supporting lodges
- Google map coordinates: +2° 14' 53.78", +31° 31' 9.65"
The remote community of Mubako is located beside the sprawling savannah of Murchison Falls National Park, in the arid, sun-drenched northwestern region of Uganda.
The village is a collection of traditional thatched mud huts around a central clearing, where villagers gather to escape the midday sun und the shade of a large tree. In this dry climate, the community cultivates cotton and cassava, which is ground into bread flour or fermented to make gin.
Mubako has a small craft shop selling carved wooden sculptures and hand-woven items made by community members. At dusk, the local cultural groups Alur and Campfire perform vibrant songs and dances around the campfires of local lodges, accompanied by the beautiful sound of the adungu. This instrument, originating from this region, is made of cowhide and twine. The harmonies of the various-sized adungus, against the backdrop of a Nile sunset, are wonderful.
Making a Difference:The Mubako Community has no access to Murchison Falls National Park, which means the people cannot hunt or fish there. By generating income through village tours, the sale of handicrafts and cultural performances residents are able to benefit from the Park, as it brings tourists to the region.
Farming is difficult here thanks to the dry climate, and a limited diet can lead to malnutrition. There are few economic opportunities here, but with the money they earn from tourism, the community is able buy produce from local markets.
Furthermore, the money enables residents of the community to pay their school fees, and to support a local nursery, which has around 90 children aged from 2-6 years.