The Uganda Project has been working in the Masaka region of rural Uganda since 2007. Our work has been at three locations and has included assessment, implementation, and monitoring of photovoltaic systems. This region deals with frequent unscheduled electricity blackouts that taint the quality of life of the people within the communities. Throughout the years, the Uganda team has developed a strong partnership with an NGO, the Uganda Rural Fund (URF), and formed many lasting friendships with amazing communities and people in Uganda. The URF focuses on empowering orphans, impoverished youth, and women in rural communities through education and sustainable development of those communities.
To date, our team of students and professional mentors has installed six systems. Our most recent trip was to St. Joseph’s Secondary School in Villa Maria, Uganda which is a boarding and day school for 240 students. In 2007 we installed a system on the girl’s side of the campus and in August of 2017 we added another system on the boy’s side. The next location our team has done work at is Hope Integrated School System which is a school of 150 students and home to 20 orphans located in Kyetume, Uganda. Our team has built three systems there with our most recent trip being in 2016 where we installed a system with the capabilities of powering a welding lab. The last location of our work and the site of our upcoming trip is at Nazareth Children’s Home which houses 40 orphans in Nyenda, Uganda. In 2011 we installed a smaller system at the orphanage, and in August 2018 we are planning to install another system to meet their energy demands and lower overhead costs.