The start of the project.
Musasa Primary School is located in the Rwenzori mountain range in rural Western Uganda. The school has about 740 pupils. Most pupils live in very simple mud and wattle houses on steep slopes.
The area had no electricity until recently when the Government put a line down the valley, however the school is not connected to it. This means that in the evening families rely on the use of paraffin lamps.
Very few pupils are able to achieve the division 1 grade which allows them to move on to higher education. This is mainly due to lack of resources. Usually only town or private school pupils are able to achieve grade 1. The children are keen to progress and learn. We have already provided the school with 12 solar lights
See Solar Cook Solar
International President Ann Garvie’s appeal in 2013-2015 is See Solar, Cook Solar. Supporting projects to use solar power as a renewable energy source. A project plan will be put forward for a grant to provide solar panels and solar cookers to the Rwenzori region and the schools we support.
Having solar power should enable pupils to have a better chance to progress as it will power laptops for the pupils to use. The solar panels would enable lights and laptops to be used for evening study at school and make the environment safer.
Solar cookers will provide an alternative to using wood from the local protected forests. This will be a more economical and environmentally sustainable alternative to the traditional cooking methods. The school currently buys fuel using funds which could be used for educational activities.