Helping a community school in uganda develop
The Lake Bunyonyi Christian Community Vocational and Secondary School (LBCCVSS), was set up in 2006 due to high demand for education and vocational skills in the local area. The school is located on the shores of Lake Bunyonyi in the far south-west corner of Uganda, close to Rwanda. In this rural community the majority of pupils live too far from the school to travel in every day, so most board and many are orphans.
The school charges very low fees and around 40% of pupils, who are unable to pay, are admitted for free. It is funded by its sister charity the Lake Bunyonyi Development Company, which runs a tourist camp on Bushara Island. Both organisations were set up and are run entirely by Ugandans from the local area, with no state funding.
The teamwork involved in working alongside the local craftsmen and builders to construct our projects, is one of the most rewarding parts of the process
Bunyonyi Community School Volunteer
Growing the school
The first phase included engineering works (to secure the school grounds due to the very steep nature of the site and heavy rainfall in the wet season), an open dining hall structure, classrooms, new kitchen and latrines. A second phase will include a two-storey dormitory with classrooms and workspaces.
We have worked alongside Engineers from Buro Happold from 2008-2014 to develop and support this school. It has increased in size almost every year and due to the recent work that has been completed, having expanded from originally just 30 children to over 350 today.
Alongside the built infrastructure, we have helped support income-generating activities for the school to be financially self-sustainable.
These include a bee-keeping project to sell honey in local markets, rabbit and goat farming, and a government subsidised tea plantation on the school grounds. It is anticipated that the school will eventually be able to self-fund future plans for the site envisaged in the long-term masterplan, including a staff accommodation block, new classroom block and a ‘Welcome’ Building.’