SANYU JUNIOR SCHOOL
Sanyu Junior School is a primary school located just a short walk from our volunteer camp. In Luganda, the language of the region, "Sanyu" means "happy", and a happy learning environment is what we promote. The school is one of our permanent projects on Bugaba, and its needs are constantly changing. Currently, we provide a volunteer English and Mathematics teacher to supplement the three local teachers, swimming lessons, and fun games between classes. We aim to provide a creative educational experience that promotes academic appreciation, curiosity, and critical thinking.
We are also currently working on building two brand new classroom buildings, and a new work room to store tools and teach trade skills. As it stands, the school has roughly 60 children enrolled, and not nearly enough space or accommodations to effectively teach them all. Children are squeezed into small, often flooded, classrooms, where there are usually two or three different classes going on at the same time. With two brand new buildings, the children will have the space to learn and grow as much as possible, without worrying about disturbing other lessons. In addition, a new work room will not only add storage to the school, but give space to teach valuable trade skills that children can turn into future careers.
THE VOLUNTEER CAMP
Our volunteer camp is currently under construction at our brand new location. As it stands, we have one safari tent, and a large camp tent to accommodate one volunteer, a hot water shower and flushing toilet, a small kitchen, and solar energy that supplies the whole site with electricity and WiFi. As a bonus, our camp site is home to several different tropical fruit trees, and has a stunning view of Lake Victoria!
We have been working hard to complete a fully functioning indoor kitchen and second toilet block, set up more large safari tents under proper roofs, build a chicken coop for fresh eggs, and install a fire pit for evening leisure time. We hope to expand our camp enough to comfortably accommodate eight volunteers, who will be fully involved in every project, both in and out of the camp.
WATER PURIFICATION SYSTEM
After perfecting our water purification system on Banda Island, we are working on installing an identical unit here on Bugaba. Water will be pumped from a well near the beach, to a purification tank several meters uphill. The system will be located halfway between our camp and Emily's Orphanage, with pipes running to both locations. Then, we will all be able to enjoy clean, drinkable, high pressured water straight from the taps. Eventually, the system will be running on solar energy alone, with pipes running past the orphanage and to the school.
THE KIDS' CAMP
Not only is our camp home to volunteers and founders, but a wild bunch of children, ages 9-16, as well. The kids come to live with us for a variety of different reasons, including medical problems, abandonment, or unsuitable home conditions. Our kids act as though they’re brothers and sisters, and have regular chores and responsibilities around the camp. We aim to give every child who comes to live with us a comfortable and stable life, while preserving their childhood, culture and heritage. They have full integration into the village, school, and nearby orphanage, maintain regular contact with their families, and cook traditional meals.
The children are housed just above the volunteer camp, in four separate tents, with a sturdy, temporary roof. We are working on building proper roofs, and installing larger safari tents so the children have more room to spread out. The kids will also have their own proper toilet nearby, so that they don’t have to walk far, as they do with the only current facility.
EMILY’S ORPHANAGE (BUGABA ISLAND ORPHANAGE)
Emily’s Orphanage is a huge reason why we moved to Bugaba in the first place. The orphanage is home to roughly 60 children of all different ages, who came to Emily for several different reasons. They live like one big family, and all work together to take care of one another.
Although Emily has done an excellent job maintaining the space and looking after the children, they need space to grow, as well as amenities and resources to service their growing population. We currently provide food support each month, and are working with them to figure out how we can help in other ways. We hope to provide them with as many resources as we can, as well as a strong support network for years to come.