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Musana Ferry - help children to reach their island school with solar power

A project from Inselschule Uganda e.V.
in Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda

At Lake Bunyonyi/Uganda, many students cannot reach their island school. The association is building a solar ferry that allows all children access to education and helps to stimulate commerce by adding transportation capacity, all powered by the sun

G. Kroeger
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About this project


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School was setup on a small island in the middle of the Lake Bunyonyi in Southern Uganda to leverage buildings from an outdated leprosy isolation camp.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? Getting to school from around the lake requires boats that are
  •  Scarce ( there is just not enough boats)
  •  Dangerous (the typical dugouts tip over very easy)
  •  Very slow (dugouts weigh 1t)
  •  Expensive (fare for motor boats are high)

The solution: Musana Ferry. 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. The ferry will be owned by the Lake Bunyonyi Secondary School and can support the community also with transportation across the lake during school hours. It can be used as an emergency boat to bring patients to the hospital on the island as well.

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.
  • Energy: Solar/Batteries exist, but not enough to provide consistent energy needs of the school
  • Internet Acces/ Wifi: The island only has 2x3G + moderns and no Wifi network yet to also support mobile phones and tablets.
  • Science Labratory: Equipment to teach is very limited and could need many additions

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.
  • Sciences: 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.