Newsletter, Autumn 2016
 

Singing Gorilla Projects facilitate and fund community based projects in a remote part of Uganda that improve the welfare of communities and enriches the lives of individuals.

The Singing Gorilla Projects are:
1. Creative Projects
- The village, Nkuringo, has its own thriving music school with now over 60 students performing music and drama with the "Lets Play Music" project.
2. Community Projects - "Water Wealth Driving Health" project installs water tanks to capture rain water for drinking and washing, in a part of the world where there is no running water. Water filters are also installed to provide fresh, clean drinking water without having to boil it first.
3. Education Projects - supporting school development and infrastructure through child sponsorship. The "Light to Read" project, is a solar energy distribution project to help children study more effectively that also includes a computer laptop distribution programme.
4. Health Projects - our "Step Up to Health" project has built a community health clinic and funds the training of medics and nurses.



The October 2016 trip - The health clinic, water tanks and water filters

The October visit saw Chris Read and Luisa Aldridge visit the project to check up on water tank installations, the schools that are supported and the newly finished health clinic, which is called The Nkuringo Green Hill Hospital. Above is a picture of the clinic with solar panels installed as well as 5,000 litre water tank, kindly donated by Caroline Bews.

Project status during the October visit
Community Projects - Six tanks were installed as part of the Water Wealth Driving Health  initiative in the remote areas of Soma.
 
Whilst these areas are not too far from Nkuringo as the crow flies, the terrain is extremely hilly and pretty hard going. There are no roads for vehicle access, so the water tanks have to be manually transported from Nkuringo by a gang of men to the ultimate destination which is no mean feat.



The community that stretches over the Nteko Ridge and Lake Mutanda areas has over 40 water tanks to share over this extensive area. This is a vast improvement on what had before, where children and woman had to trek many hours a day to collect water, often from unclean sources. Water Wealth Driving Health has been not only been transformational to the community, but is physically the most recognisable effect of the work that Singing Gorilla Projects undertake.

Water tanks are sponsored by companies and individuals. Some individuals will club together to fund a part of a tank. At £650 each, they are pretty good value for money. This covers the costs of purchase, transport to the area, guttering, bricks, cement and installation.

Sponsors of water tanks for this recent trip included:
- The Investment Network
- Caroline Bews
- Phil Blatchford
- Laura Di Lisi
- St Denys Church, Kent


A huge thank you to all the sponsors.

Water filters
More community  water filters were distributed on this trip to Schools in the area as well as family sized filters to members of the HIV community.


Here the family filters are being used by the HIV community.
Education Projects 
The Ntungamo School
 - Singing Gorilla Projects are supporting all the schools in Nkuringo. Special attention has been turned to Ntungamo School, the government school. Singing Gorilla Projects has funded the accommodation block for the teachers, a kitchen and dining facility, the latrines block and the newly established baby class. The picture below is the kitchen block that was constructed by Singing Gorilla Projects and Lawrence the school cook.


The provision of lunches for the children has had a transformational effect on not only the academic results but it has also seen an increase in the number of  pupils attending the school. This will continue to increase each term. With food being provided, the children no longer have to travel home (some over considerable distance) for lunch.

Singing Gorilla Projects has funded the development of the kitchen, supports the salary of the cooking staff and funds 25% of the posho (maize based carbohydrate) for the school. The parents are expected to fund the remaining costs and supply additional vegetables and beans. The menu is supplemented by vegetables grown in the school garden that is looked after by the kids. 

Singing Gorilla Projects raises funds for the school by providing a sponsorship programme of £170 per year per child. This fee will provide for school uniforms, school lunches, shoes, text books, support for the teaching staff and much needed maintenance of the school facilities.

For less than a cup of coffee per day, sponsors will be able to support not only a child but also a school and community. Money raised under this campaign will go to help fund lunch for a term, a cook and cooking facilities. If you would like to find out more about how to sponsor a child, drop me a line ... contact me or download the brochure and have a look ... download

The food store showing the beans and a sack of posho that is fed to the children.

 

Health Projects - The Nkuringo Green Hill Hospital is ready to start providing services. The building has now been fitted with solar power, plumbing, lighting and a fridge. The centre has a reception area, a dispensing area, a laboratory, two treatment rooms and an office.


Further developments for 2017 will be the construction of an admissions block to admit patients for overnight stays. It will have three wards for males, females and children respectively together with a separate latrine and shower block.
 

Forthcoming Events

The February 2017 trip - drop me a line if you are interested in coming to Uganda in early February.

Download the Singing Gorilla Projects information leaflet - download here

How to help?
If you are interested in supporting Singing Gorilla Projects with donations or getting involved physically with helping out, drop me a line on cread@dthomas.co.uk

 To give a donation go to our JustGiving page https://www.justgiving.com/singing-gorilla/
 

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