Singing Gorilla Projects funds and facilitates community based projects in Uganda.
The Nkuringo Green Hill Health Centre (NGHH)
Singing Gorilla Projects (SGP) provides funding for the development of the Nkuringo Green Hill Health Centre (NGHH).
The objective of this Type III (Ugandan health clinic classification) is to be able to provide health services, in line with guidelines set out by the Uganda Ministry of Health, delivered by the community.
SGP is working with the Uganda Catholic Medical Board (UCMB) to manage and develop the clinic into a hospital facility. SGP supplies funds for:
SGP is funding the education of young adults from the community on medical courses to become clinical officers, midwives and nurses. The Health projects are run by Isaac Habimana. Isaac provides local leadership to the project.
Singing Gorilla Projects (SGP) are supporting seven primary and two secondary schools in the Nteko and Kisoro area. Supporting educational initiatives is a cornerstone of SGP. Ensuring children stay at school for longer and achieve better results will improve the welfare of communities and enrich the lives of individuals. Special attention is paid to ensuring girls stay in education beyond primary school as well supporting those children who have for one reason or another fallen out of the educational system early.
School support and child sponsorship - SGP funds children to stay in education. It is really important for children to stay in education for as long as possible to provide themselves with the best opportunities and choices in their lives. This can take the form of supporting a child at one of the private schools or providing more general funding and support for children, teaching staff and building school infrastructure of government schools.
In 2015 Singing Gorilla Projects completed the installation of a computer lab at the Bright Future School.
Solar Energy - Singing Gorilla Project is running an initiative called "Light to Read". This initiative is focused on the provision of technology to create light after dark, so that children can do reading and homework.
By enabling them to study further, Singing Gorilla Projects is hoping for improvements in exam results and performance at schools.
Coupled with time savings from no longer having to collect water through the water tank projects, the children can now make more time for their education.
The Suma Project - Suma is a community of about 6,000 people in one of the remotest parts of Uganda. Located in the far south west of the country it is an area of indescribable beauty, bordering the DR Congo, hemmed in by the Virunga Volcanos and the mighty Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, the remaining habitat of the endangered Mountain Gorilla. There are no roads, there is no running water in homes, and no electricity available.
They are as off-grid as you can get. There are no paid jobs and life is tough, people survive on subsistence farming and tending livestock. Cooking is done by burning wood, which is harvested from the forests. In Suma, there is a primary school that is in desperate need of support. Singing Gorilla Projects are looking to fund a new classroom block, latrines and a kitchen.
The Education Projects are managed by Pious Rwomushana.
The Water Tanks
Water and Sanitiation - The Water Wealth Driving Health project is the installation and provision of water tanks and distribution of clothes to communities.
Water projects are based around the delivery of three types of initiatives:
Since 2014, 50 water tanks and water filters have been installed over an extensive area. Water tanks and water filters have been installed across Nteko Ridge, from Nkuringo to Kabaya, Suma, Chicomo and Rugandu villages as well as in Rubuguri, Kisoro, Lake Mutanda areas and Wakiso district.
These has been a popular and transformational project for both locals and sponsors, since these installations provide a great opportunity for the community and sponsors to work together to install the tanks. It's the job of the children to fetch the water. A three hour round trip to the stream in the valley, twice a day has now been replaced, with more time spent at school, improving their education and providing better choices in their lives.
The project manager decides upon the location of the water tanks and the community then gets involved in installing the tanks. The tanks are transported by truck and on foot to the location. Concrete is mixed, bricks are laid, the tanks are placed and to finish off the gutters are positioned to direct the water flow from the rooves of buildings.
The Community projects are run by Evarist Muhumuza.
The Music School
The mission of the Singing Gorilla Music School is to "Create self-esteem through music, dance and drama”. Singing Gorilla Projects has provided musical instruments (recorders, ukuleles, drums, harmonicas, melodicas, brass instruments, string instruments and a whole host other musical instruments) in which the community can learn whilst having fun and spreading goodwill.
Since the Music School was set up in 2014, the community have managed to perform to a number of camps, lodges and passing tourists in the area and have made enough money to set up a community pig farm. Who would have thought that music could also bring the bacon home!
Singing Gorilla Projects takes instruments that were used by children and adults and place them in a new home in Nkuringo. As these instruments are used and played, the vision is that between the community in Nkuringo and the donors back home, barriers of race, wealth, and language are broken and a connection is made. By creating these connections we can in some small way create a better, improved life for the community. Chris Read goes on to say "One day, I hope in my lifetime, I would like to see the Music School visit us here in the UK to perform. I am always on the lookout for more musical instruments, do drop me a line if you have lurking in your home that are not being used"... contact me.
The local people in Nkuringo, the Bakiga/Bachiga, are incredibly musical with fantastic rhythm. Their dancing is a very energetic form and coupled with the rhythmic drumming provides an intoxicating musical experience. Have a look at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TslATQiricU. The intention is that by the introduction of western musical instruments that a new form of music can be created that borrows elements from both traditions.
The Creativity projects are run by Tim Kiga Ariho