Help children to reach their islands school!

Bunyonyi Secondary School was setup on a small island in the middle of the Lake Bunyonyi in Southern Uganda to leverage buildings from an outdated leprosy isolation camp. While school on an island sounds idyllic, it does create a barrier for many potential students to even reach school.

What is the problem?

The Solution: Musana Ferry

What else?

Getting to school from around the lake requires boats that are

- scarce (there is just not enough boats)
- very slow (the typical dugouts weight 1t)
- expensive (fare for motor boats are high)

Musana is the word for sunshine in one of the local languages. We want to design and build a solar ferry that can transport all students to and from school for free, powered by the sun. Designed by students from the University in Emden/Germany and built locally. In addition, we will support the local school association with multiple other projects, like providing food for the students at the school, purchase books and school supplies, improve internet access or invest in stabilizing energy production.

Allow all children to get an education at Lake Bunyonyi and donate to support this endeavour.  

Longterm and Shortterm Projects

Our goals in order to help the students in Lake Bunyonyi Secondary School on Bwarma Islands

Solar Ferry
 

Objectives

Our Objectives: Fund and build a solar ferry that • Is owned by the Lake Bunyonyi Secondary School • Picks up kids for school and takes them home afterwards • Serves as an emergency boat to bring patients to the hospital on the island • Can support the community with transportation across the lake during school
Energy
 

Energie

Solar/Batteries exist, but not enough to provide consistent energy needs of the school, i.e. to run multiple PCs or Laptops at the same time. Thus there is a need to diversify energy production to ensure enough energy also during changing weather patterns.
Internet Acces/ Wifi
 

Internet Acces/ Wifi

The island only has 2x3G + moderns and no Wifi network yet to also support mobile phones and tablets. Uganda recently introduced e-registration for national exams as well.
Solar Ferry
 

Solar Ferry

Current prototype developed by the students of Hochschule Emden Leer
 

Science Labratory

Equipment to teach is very limited and could need many additions
Achieving the Goal
 

Achieving the goals

These are the steps we will take to realize this goal: 1. Design ferry concept by involving University students for boat construction with these requirements 2. Find parts in Uganda (or other sources) 3. Find engineer to oversee construction 4. Complete assembly of ferry by the students from the school 5. Define schedule and routes

Lake Bunyonyi Secondary School on Bwarma Islands

The Lake Bunyonyi Secondary School is the main recipient of all the donations you are willing to give to the cause.
The following facts show why this school is so special and in need of our help.

 

 

 

Science Focus

The School mainly focuses on the sciences. Biology, Chemistry and Computer Science are only some of the topics the students discuss in class. We want to encourage this enthusiasm for the sciences by helping the school with their funding.

 

 

Boarding School

About 200 students are part of the school's boarding school. With that, the students save their travel to school. Of course not everybody is able to get a place in the boarding school. This once again underlines the need for the solar ferry

 

 

Teachers

19 teachers are currently employed at the school. The school's goal is to educate resourceful change agents for the community!

 

 

How did we get involved?

Another project in Uganda to fund a house for an "SOS Children's Village" in Fort Portal let us to Lake Bunyonyi and it was decided that the next purpose for our social engagement was right there.

 

Uganda

This equitorial country in the midst of Africa mixes breath-taking beauty with severe economic difficulties.
It still ranks as one of the poorest nations in the world. Many lakes and the Nile basin dominate large portions of the geography.

 

Uganda and bordering countries

The southern part of the country includes a huge portion of Lake Victoria, shared with Kenya and Tanzania
 

Poverty

Uganda is dominated by poverty in agricultural rural areas, but has also shown economic growth in recent years
 

Travel Safety

Uganda is safe to travel
(at least in the southern part)
 

People

People from Uganda are very friendly, but they like to keep their distance

Lake Bunyonyi and Bwarma Islands

Lake Bunyonyi is in the south west of Uganda, of volcanic origin and one of the deepest lakes in Africa.
Bwarma Islands sits right in the middle and has a history as a leprosy isolation camp that now serves as a school.

 

High Elevation

Lake Bunyonyi is at an altitude of ~2000m and thus practically withough mosqitos and malaria
 

Volcanic Origin

Lake Bunyonyi is one of the deepest lakes in Africa (up to 900m) and consists of 29 islands
 

Bwarma Island

The island is located in the middle of Lake Bunyonyi and stretches about 1000m and 800m
 

Times of Crisis

During leproscy crisis in 1930s, Dr. Leonard Sharp isolated and treated infected people on the island. Dr. Sharp build a hospital, a church and small houses.