Basic School Facilities
Bugabira School aims to create a clean and pleasant environment for staff and students. The school buildings are designed to maximise air flow for ventilation; an important concern in the tropical Ugandan climate.Recently installed solar panels provide electricity to the boarding school dormitories. Other basic needs are met with simple and economical means, with good hygiene practices being of the utmost importance.
- Concreted and covered pit latrines, with ventilation to prevent smell. Separate facilities exist for boys and girls.
- A Tippy-Tap. This is a hand washing system where a foot pedal is used to move a jerry can, releasing water in a stream that is then captured in a shallow stone-lined pit. The no-touch system minimises germ proliferation.
- A wooden drying rack to store eating utensils off the ground, away from dirt and insects.
- Covered and well-ventilated cooking area for all-weather food preparation
- An energy saving stove. This simple mud and grass mound is designed to direct heat towards pot-sized openings, allowing numerous dishes to be prepared at one time, with the fire wood normally used for just one pot.
- Plates and cups for each students
Bugabira School has developed agricultural facilities in order to improve the nutritional value of the school meals provided each day to all students. Ensuring that the children receive sufficient amounts of vitamins, protein and carbohydrate is important when many go hungry at home and therefore struggle to concentrate on their studies!
We have planted a vegetable garden to produce cabbage, peppers, eggplant, onions, carrots and tomatoes.We have also recently acquired has a milking cow and a chicken house (with 250 egg-laying hens) meaning that students will soon be able to regularly consume milk and eggs. Remaining produce will be sold in order to finance free school places for needy students. You can read more about this initiative on the Current Projects page.