End of October, new solar panels, batteries and converters arrived on the island purchased by our association to finally provide the girls dormitories (in total 3 buildings) with electricity and LED lights. The students cannot wait to be able to read at night or do their homework after sunset. The renovation is a combined effort from a support group from Belgium (roof, walls, and windows), the headmaster of the school (new beds) and our Uganda Island School Association (electricity). This great cooperation is planned to continue also for other buildings.
Building a solar ferry for the children and patients of the Lake Bunyonyi Island Schools and hospital has been postponed to 2022 due to the pandemic.
The majority of the funds have already been collected. For the last push, a small team decided to paddle 100km in 3 days on Lake Konstanz with kayaks. Basically following the students and patients in Uganda that strenuously have to paddle to their island school or hospital in dugouts.
Last year, the two electric engines were cycled for, this year we want to paddle for solar panels.
At the HPE Distribution Partner Conference 2019 in Munich, a fundraising activity for the Musana Ferry was started. With the engagement of around 430 participants, backpacks for the students of the Lake Bunyonyi Island Schools in Uganda were packed. The backpacks were filled with pencils, pens, eraser, sharpener, watercolours, crayons, solar calculators and solar lights. Additionally, the participants of the conference added a personal message to the students in Uganda. Beginning of February, the backpacks were handed out to the students in a joyful ceremony with the common theme: These backpacks are not just a gift, they are a commitment to go to school and get a degree.