Singing Gorilla Projects was setup to develop community projects in Uganda.
visit February 2017
As dry season turns to the rainy season, the community are rolling up their sleeves to start building again. Mixing cement needs water, and the only water that’s available after the dry season is rain! Building has started at the remote primary school of Suuma, only 6 km from Nkuringo as the crow (or sun bird) flies but it takes me a good three hours to get there up and over the hills. A new classroom is being constructed to house the increasing intake of children. Population is growing by 3.2% per year with 80% of the population under 35, there is a strong demand for schools both primary and secondary. This area is called Nyabwishenya, it’s a sub county of the Kisoro District. Its one of the most remote in Uganda. However despite the remoteness, around each bend in the path or above you in the hills there are gaggles of dirty ragged children with smiles as broad as can be. As you move around the area the echoes of children shouting muzungu muzungu remind oneself that you are a curiosity worthy of their persistency.
Last week we had our first board meeting for the Nkuringo Green Hill Health Centre. The centre has been running for two months and has seen over 600 patients. As we enter the rainy season the incidence of Respiratory Track Infection (RTI) and pneumonia is expected to increase. One of the items on the board meeting agenda was to predict the drugs that would be needed for this upsurge in illness bought on by the damp. When the patients visit the centre we also track not only their physical village location but also whether the kitchen is located in the living area of the homesteads and whether animals live inside as well. There seems to be a higher trend for RTI on households where wood burning for cooking is done inside the homesteads. Our next board meeting is in May as we enter the next dry season. We shall see what trends there are to report then.
The big project of last week was the locating of a water source to feed the health centre water tanks. Four hundred metres below at a distance of 2KM as the sun bird flies, is the nearest source of water. We have now mapped the hill side where the water needs to be bought up and the locations for holding tanks. We are planning to use a technology called hydraulic ram to move water uphill under pressure without the use of a generator or a pump. We continue to search for ways in which we can implement sustainable projects in which the local community can maintain. We expect this to be complete this year.