West Point 2014

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West Point Cadets and Rwabuhinga Francis Kibale Forest Schools Program Conservation Education Coordinator

 

For a third year we welcomed a group of West Point Cadets and their Professor to the Kasiisi Project. This year they focused on 2 water related projects. The first was to ensure that all our schools had working  rain water catchment systems, with a 10,000L barrel for every 500 children. They installed barrels in 2 schools and work in 7 more schools will continue after their departure. IMG_0842

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Watching other people work is the most fun. Kigarama students recess entertainment

 

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But you can help as well – Rweteera students carrying hardcore to the site of the new water tank

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The second was to find a way to pump filtered water from the river at the eastern boundary of the Kasiisi farm, up the hill to where it is needed for chickens and pigs. There is no electricity at the farm so they focused on ways to use the energy from the river’s flow to pump the water. They visited the RAM pump at Nyakasura  in Fort Portal to see how one school addresses this challenge

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RAM pump at Nyakasura

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Measuring lift distance

 

 

 

 

 

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Walking to the Farm

 

 

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Testing turbidity for the proposed filter

After further research they will return to Ugandan in 2015 to build a pump best suited to our needs.

In addition they initiated the first step of a new program to compare emissions from traditional 3 stone fires and the clean burning stoves built by our students in their communities.

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Traditional high emission 3 stone fire

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Low emission, fuel efficient stove

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Emission testing equipment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Setting up the equipment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While with us they also tracked chimpanzees and visited Queen Elizabeth National Park accompanied by students from Kiko, Kigarama, Rweteera and Komyamperre schools. They joined other volunteers in a soccer game against the barefoot Kasiisi team and were beaten 1-0, and we took advantage of one cadets skills as mechanic to fix our project bikes.

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Hanging out with the kids

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Fixing a project bike

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Visiting the Katwe Salt Pans

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West Point, Harvard and Yale Students joined by pupils from Komyamperre   School on a trip to Queen Elizabeth

 

 

 

 

 

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Kasiisi Primary School Team and Volunteer Teams face off. Final score 1-0 to Kasiisi

 
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