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November 2017

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November 2017 - The water project

The water pipe project is an initiative to move water from a stream, up 100 metre hill to a holding tank that can be used by the local community. The technology that is being used is called hydraulic ram technology. Singing Gorilla Projects, has engaged in a UK company, Water Powered technologies to install the pump. https://www.waterpoweredtechnologies.com/

  1. The hill that the water will move up. The pipe has been dug into a trench.
  2. The hydraulic ram pump.
  3. The holding tank for the pipe, with a tap to dispense the water.

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November 2017 - Parents day

Singing Gorilla Projects supports a number of primary and secondary school as well as vocational schools in the Kisoro District of Uganda. The Parents Day was an opportunity for Pious, the manager of the education projects, to talk to the parents of the school kids on their role in the education of their children. A day of speeches and a picnic lunch in the trees was provided and a good time was had by all.

  1. The kids settling down for the speeches.
  2. Ntungamo Primary School putting on drama on the importance of parents in education.
  3. A celebratory dance to say thank you. Videos of the day.
  4. A picnic lunch served in the trees.

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November 2017 - Dream challenges helps at the schools

Dream Challenges a UK based event organiser visits Nkuringo to work with Singing Gorilla Projects at the Ntungamo Primary School and the Nkuringo Secondary School.

  1. Chemistry classes at the secondary school.
  2. A sexual health class with Dream Challenges doctor, talking to the secondary school kids.
  3. Working with the nursary class at St. Christophers.
  4. Helping out at the Ntungamo Primary School.

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October 2017

The school at Mulore receives the Singing Gorilla Projects survey team for the first time. A water tank will be installed in November. https://youtu.be/k0HahAB57mU

October 2017

The classroom at Suma is now complete and ready to enrol the children. https://youtu.be/jvRJRC08WO0

October 2017

Water tank installations in Rubugurihttps://youtu.be/fhXNjYcY9IU

October 2017

Singing Gorilla Projects trustee, Karen Read, raising money for Singing Gorilla Projects with a group of intrepid cyclists by cycling the Dalmatian coast in Croatia. Support Karen here

October 2017

IndigoFest again will be supporting Singing Gorilla Projects by donating proceeds from the performance. The concert will take place on Friday 19th January 2019 at the Capitol Theatre in Horsham. Hosted by comedian Tim Vine, we are expecting another sell out night. A new version of Pathway will be performed, a song that bought together the Singing Gorilla Music School with schools in the south of England - here is Pathway in 2015 https://youtu.be/vhvm1-rr88M

October 2017

Teaching at the Ntungamo School in Nkuringo with some young volunteers Emma Read and James Read

October 2017

The October Newsletter.

September 2017

The Volcano House is now complete and ready for SGP to move in.

September 2017

The School at Mulore.

  1. The kids are kitted out with new sports shirts courtesy of the Crondall (UK) Triathlon.
  2. Thanks to the sponsors who have supported the project.

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July 2017

The Volcano House.

May 2017

The May trip and project review.

April 2017

Well done to Julie Thompson who runs the 2017 London Marathon for Singing Gorilla Projects and raises over £800.

April 2017

The Nkuringo Green Hill Health Centre in Nkuringo receives it's operating licence.

March 2017

The water pipe project for the Nkuringo Green Hill Health Centre.

March 2017

The Suma school construction has now started in earnest - have a look at the progress that is being made.
The Suma Project

Our goal is to raise this $8,000 (£6,500) before March 31, so that construction can begin.

Kevin and Dawn Smith of Chicago have pledged a 100% MATCH FOR EVERY CONTRIBUTION, up to a total of $4,000 (£3,250). This match is DOLLAR-for-DOLLAR (POUND-for-POUND). With this matching, your contribution has twice the impact! So let's dig deep, and see what we can do for the kids at Suma, Uganda! $4,000 from you will result in $8,000 raised and enough to build the classrooms and latrines!

March 2017

The water pipeline.

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.

February 2017

Open for business. The Nkuringo Green Hill Health Centre has seen over 300 patients in the first four weeks of operations.

February 2017

The February 2017 visit, three more water tanks, water filters, building a new class room for the primary school in Suma and a check up on the Nkuringo Green Hill Health Centre.

The class room at Suma in need of repair.

February 2017

Our Clinical Officer, Isaac, his story.



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