Advocating for Human and Nonhuman Lives in Uganda
Kevina weaves mats to support her family, although she is already in her 80s.
What we do
We are a vegan foundation dedicated to an ethics of care for both human and non-human lives in Uganda. Through local programs such as child welfare initiatives, teenage counseling, women empowerment, early education for children and women, and plant-based food distribution, we foster impoverished orphans, children, youth, and single-mothers. Each of our programs also encourages participants to make choices informed by compassion for non-human animals. By raising awareness of the intersections between human health and planetary health, between human and non-human animals, our volunteers work directly with locals to enable them not only to realize the immediate goals of the foundation but also, in part, the long-term vision of a vegan world shared by Dash and numerous other visionaries.
Podrska volunteers gather fresh veggies and fruits for distribution.
Urgent Fundraiser July 2021
For At-risk Ugandans under 2nd COVID Lockdown
We have just launched another fundraiser as Uganda is under a more severe lockdown than the previous one. Our goal now is to distribute plant-based food to two other categories of at-risk people:
1) The homeless – especially women, children, and refugees – who live on the streets in Kampala;
2) Those infected by COVID -19 and housed in local clinics and village hospitals.
Podrska volunteers will provide fresh vegetables and grains to vulnerable families who can cook them. We will also provide cooked food to those who do not have the means to cook. Please contribute generously to help us support the vulnerable during these difficult times!
Please click to contribute: https://gofund.me/cc2e08ea
Dash Meizler, the founder of the organisation, distributes vegan food parcels to the beneficiaries.
Our Vision and Mission
We envision a world governed by equity, compassion, and justice not only between human beings but also between human and non-human animals.
We enable communities and families to respond to their basic needs and those of non-human animals.
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Arvind (l.) and Martha (r.) break a boundary between human and non-human animals through silent communication..
We use the expression “non-human animals” not to insult any human beings but to recognize and respect the numerous ways in which we are all connected with what or whom we dismiss as “animals.” For all our differences from other species, we are all also animal bodies united in our struggles for survival, for sustenance, and for shelter. We share with non-human animals significant commonalities that evolutionary scientists no longer regard as distinctively “human”: cognition, social communication, playfulness, capacity for suffering, and even a sense of justice. At Podrska we thus question the human-animal divide and the violence done against “the animal” in the name of the “human.”
In speaking of human beings as “human animals” we join hands with and other decolonial thinkers and activists like Aph Ko and Syl Ko as well as food justice pioneers like Lauren Ornelas who speak up for both human animals and non-human animals. Like them, we believe that both human and non-human animals should not be exploited and that we can fight for both causes at the same time.
Volunteer with us!
We envision a better and safer world for humans and non-human animals. To realize this vision, we seek the engagement of volunteers more than ever. Come and volunteer with us today!
Daniel Turbert, a photographer and volunteer from the USA, visited Podrska where he conducted a workshop on photography for the kids.
Unlike large well-endowed charitable organizations that have their own offices and physical infrastructure, we at Podrska operate within already existing institutions. To achieve the goals and objectives of Podrska, our volunteers work directly with various rural and urban communities and institutions such as NGOs, Community-based organizations (CBOs), primary, secondary, and high schools, as well as faith-based institutions.
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What we have achieved
- With our school campaigns, we have already reached out to 2560 students.
- With our Child Program, we have positively impacted the lives of 150 children.
- With our Lady Program, we have been working with 50 women.
- The Vegan Food Program targeted 150 children and 50 women, all of whom all still being supported by Podrska.
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