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“Girl Friendly Toilets”… a bog standard investment!

This summer in Mbarara, Uganda, I had the privilege of being the second half Project Manager. This role entailed quite a lot of running around town to sort out logistics for next year’s summer, as well as squeezing in those final few school visits we had planned. Hectic as it was, I knew it was coming. I’d even pre-planned a to-do list for it all. But something slightly unexpected for the Summer Team was a new pilot investment scheme to come our way. Something very girly indeed.


Solar Energy: A sunny solution to boarding school blackouts

Anyone who has spent any time in Kenya knows that power cuts are frequent and disruptive. The effects of  these outages are particularly dire in boarding schools, where students are plunged into darkness every time there is a power cut, severely inhibiting their ability to revise or do their homework outside of daylight hours (7am to 7pm). The cuts are unpredictable and can last several hours or even days.




Organisation is Key

The issue faced by St Mary’s was not predominantly a lack of resources (although, of course, both the library and laboratory are still in need of more resources), but rather an inefficient use of what the school already had at its disposal. Through the use of shelving over boxes for storage, resources are now stored in the open rather than out of sight. This facilitates easier access to resources and students can make more of what their school has to offer them.