Ekisande is a Belgian non-profit organization that supports the local communities of Bwera, Uganda. Through education, vocational training and health care Ekisande aims to have a lasting effect on the Bwera community.
Thanks to previous projects, a primary school with ten classrooms and a health care center have already been built in Kisebere, near Bwera. The health care center is already powered by a PV-system and the installation for a clean water supply is currently under construction. Electricity and clean water are however not yet available at the school. The goal of our project is thus to provide the school with electricity by installing a PV-system and with potable water by installing a water tower with a solar pump.
Additionally, we also want to make sure that the project is beneficial to the community in the long term. That’s why a charge shop will be built as well; charging cell phones for a small fee making use of renewable energy and giving people the opportunity to buy clean water from the solar pump installation. The profits of this shop are to be used exclusively to maintain the installations and for the good of the local community.
Ryan De Koninck
7. Finishing up
After a couple of weeks where we unfortunately had less work to do, we had to pick up the pace again. In the last two weeks we still the completion of the solar pump installation, Jimmy's wedding, Yaro's and Renosh's birthdays, and the problem of the drillers before...
8. The end of an adventure
As we are preparing for our flight back to Belgium, we would like to end things on a more personal note and take time to reflect on the impressions and experiences we had the past 2 months.
6. Finding gold
Helping at Mama Sabina As we were still waiting for the battery to arrive and the drillers to come, we continued helping at the mama Sabina health centre. As real engineers, we replaced 4 light bulbs. Afterwards, we unpacked some medical devices that had been donated...
5. Let there be light!
The work continues This week, we mainly worked on the installation of all the sockets, lights and switches. Together with our fearless friend Chris we climbed the structural skeleton of the roof to lay all cables and junctions, while wending of the devil's servants,...
Welcome at the school After the hassle in Kampala, everybody was ready to get their hands dirty. An escort of bodaboda’s led us to the school, with deafening, constant honking to announce our arrival to the entire village. This resulted in even more people staring...
3. Getting to know Kisebere
After spending a couple of days in the urban jungle of Kampala, it was time to head for the bush of Kisebere. Early in the morning, we started our trip to the small village near Bwera, located in Eastern Uganda just besides the Congolese border. The Kasese district,...
2. Goodmooorning Kampalaaaa!
Ngenda eli e'Kampala, the place of many impala translated from the local Luganda. Where we have not yet been lucky enough to see an impala, Kampala is a bustling capital city that is home to up to 2 million Ugandans. The huge crowds and traffic seem far from cozy, but...
1. The start of an adventure
Hi there! In this blog, we will share our seven-week-long adventure in Bwera, Uganda, where we will build installations to provide an elementary school with electricity and potable water. Just a couple of weeks from now, we will take a plane to Kampala to start our...