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Under Nicky’s Care for Africa (NiCA) we are supporting Bwama Primary School. After our donation of a canoe to the school in 2017, and especially after providing a first motorboat in October 2018, the number of pupils (around 200 in September 2017) has started increasing fast.
This increase concerns two groups of children. There are the children from further away, who were previously not going to school at all and who are now offered opportunities to do so; and there are those children who were previously walking many hours, even having to climb steep hills, to another, far away located school, because they didn’t feel safe crossing Lake Bunyonyi using a dugout canoe.
Due to the undisputed importance of education for each and every child, the increase of the number of pupils is nothing but great news! The school can offer around 300 children a place. We have of course been foreseeing this growth and for that reason, and also because one motorboat alone cannot solve the huge problem of time-management that the school is facing, more motorboats are going to be needed. Yet, while it is our goal to provide those motorboats in the near future, funds will also be needed to solve the problems described below.
– There is a very urgent need for landing docks for the motorboat(s). In the days when the school only had the much more unsafe canoes, getting in and out on the banks was not a big problem. Yet, a motorboat is much higher than a canoe, so boarding and disembarking a motorboat, which is docked on a bank where there is no jetty, causes problems for everyone. In addition, the banks also get damaged due to the mooring of the boat twice each day.
There are about five places where the students of Bwama Primary School gather. In the morning they gather there to be picked up by the boat, late in the afternoon they are also transported there with the boat.
Since the school itself already had a landing dock, no measures have to be taken there. However, for the five gathering places mentioned above it is desirable that landing docks are also built there. In the future, next motorboats will of course also benefit from these landing docks.
Cost per jetty 2,200,000 UGX (depending on the exchange rate is equal to about €550, -)
Update per 30 January 2019: First Much Needed Landing Docks Have Been Constructed.
– Due to the increased number of pupils, the number of life jackets is lacking. Around 100 more of them will be needed. Every child shall have its own life jacket and is (together with its parents) held responsible for it. The school has developed a good administrational system, with the life jackets having a number written on them and a list being kept that combines each number with a child. Very regularly, they are checking if all life jackets are still there. Whenever a child leaves the school, it is due to hand in its life jacket, so that another child can start using it.
The price of each life-jacket is currently 100,000 UGX (depending on the actual exchange rate that equals around €24,-).
– For us to be able to provide the school a next motorboat, the amount of 19,000,000 UGX needs to be raised (depending on the actual exchange rate that equals around €4.600,-).
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(Updated 30 January 2019)