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.
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
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.
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.