EMERGENCY ELECTRICAL NEED!!! 3/22/21 From our Uganda School Manager Ron:
Our village power transformer broke in early January 2021, so we have been using our school power generator ever since.
Sadly, that broke down four days ago, and the mechanics could not fix it because the motors burned out. We are still partially functioning with a generator a friend owns who brings it back and forth from Kampala... and the gas for it is very expensive.
The government cannot replace the transformer now because of big demand across the country and corruption from the electric company.
The timing is terrible. Due to Covid-19 we have had limited time to do national exams and they are competitive, so students revise their books at night, with exams coming up at the end of the month.
Three days ago we bought candles that we use for those night classes. It is not safe for the children, and the education ministry doesn't want candlelight because of smoke and increases the chances of fire outbreak. It is also unhealthy for the children's eyes.
We are having a hard time without power, including during the day. This affects our water well pump, security lighting, power for electronics, etc., making it very difficult to run the school properly and feed our children.
Electricity in Uganda is very expensive, so solar power will relieve the administration of high power bills. We need to install a solar power system as quickly as possible for reliable lighting and to help cut those costs dramatically, as we will then have no bills with solar power, and a far more reliable system.
Since many communities do not have electricity and often have an unreliable power supply, there are many companies from around the world now supplying solar panels and batteries to Uganda, which keeps the material and installation costs lower. Many schools and medical facilities now have solar as alternative energy. In Uganda solar for lights is easy to install.
The solar engineer who came out to give us a quote said they use German solar equipment that is very reliable.
I also checked on power generators and they are quite costly. A new one costs $5,500 with a monthly gas fuel cost of $400. That becomes far too expensive as along with all the other needs, it has to run the whole night, every night, for our security lighting.
Praying we will be able to make this switch to solar very soon, as this situation is severely limiting the education of our children now and not cost-effective. Thank you to anyone who can help us with this dire need, Ron
Please click HERE to donate to this urgent need, and please send the url address of this page to anyone whom you think may help us. Thank you and love from all of us. ♥♥♥
UGANDA LOCUST PLAGUE, COVID-19, AND FOOD SHORTAGE CRISIS
Uganda and several other countries in East Aftica experienced a locust plague of Biblical proportions in late 2019 and well into 2020 - causing extensive food shortages, hoarding of food, and the danger of millions of people starving to death. Our Ugandan Manager Ronald Katongole continues to work tirelessly to find food at decent prices for our children, yet we still need ongoing funds for much more as the costs for food have skyrocketed even since the locust plague abated.
The Ugandan government has also placed many restrictions on travel due to the Coronavirus. Other than what food we can grow in our organic garden, we rely on food purchased in large quantities and safely stored at our school. With the ongoing shortages and high food prices, we worry all the time about feeding our children.
If you would like to help keep our children fed and nourished through however long the shortages and high prices exist, please click HERE. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. ♥♥♥
(Photo at left is of locusts in the streets.)
SAVING ORPHANS AND ABUSED CHILDREN
There are so many children in need in this area of Uganda, and we want to help as many of them as possible. In order to do this, we built an orphanage building - one side for girls, one side for boys - so children from greater distances may also get an education.
In addition, we often save children from abusive situations, and bring them to our school, where they end up living with a teacher. Once such girl named Jane was about to be exchanged in marriage for meat and tobacco - at the age of 12. She now happily attends our school, grateful for her safety and new life.
The tragic stories og these children are heartbreaking. Our goal is change what in the past were inevitable outcomes into new lives filled with joy, hope, health, peace, and opportunity through education.
If you would like to help us continue to provide beds, bedding, lighting, etc., into our orphanage building so children in need may move in, please click HERE. Thank you. ♥♥♥