Association in Uganda founded

Under the leadership of Denis Maniragabe, the "Lake Bunyonyi Community and Island Schools Association" was founded in January 2017. This was a prerequisite for the German authorities from the Ministry of Finance to accept the Islandschool Uganda e.V. as a charitable/non-profit association ("Gemeinnützigkeit") in Germany. From the setup, we have now two associations working hand in hand:

  • Islandschool Uganda Association located in Boeblingen, Germany - this association will initiate donation activities and collect funds to build the solar ferry and help the Island school in other means
  • Lake Bunyoni Community and Island School Associationlocated in Bwarma, Uganda - this association will be the main recipient of the funds collected by the Islandschool Association and will then also be responsible to run and maintain the solar ferry

Prototype of solar ferry delivered

Based on an older model, Henrik Richter-Alten - the student from the University of Emden in charge of the main design of the ferry - delivered a working prototype for the solar ferry. It currently runs on sunshine only and will mainly be used to promote the project at conferences, events, etc.


start of something new


As a institutionalized means to support the Lake Bunyonyi Secondary School in Uganda, current and former employees from Hewlett Packard (now Hewlett Packard Enterrpise and Hewlett Packard Inc.) held their first association meeting to found the Islandschool Uganda Association in Germany (there it is called “Inselschule Uganda e.V.”). With unanimous votes, the following positions where confirmed (details here):

  • President: Gerfried Kroeger
  • Vice President: Sabine Single
  • Treasurer: Volker Jaksch
  • Secretary: Cecile Giraud-Jacquet