With a generous contribution from Norsonic Brechbühl AG, a Swiss company, the construction of the classroom building for Aunt Lucy Nursery School Bushura in Kanungu could be continued. A first step, installing doors and windows, was already completed in April 2010, and the next activities will be the plastering of the walls and flooring of the remaining rooms. The nursery school still uses the church nearby and a temporary building to have enough classrooms for the 121 students between two and six years.
In February 2010 a fence around the approximately 6000 trees was constructed. This was because they have experienced a lot of problems with buffaloes who scratch their horns against the trees and thereby destroying them. In addition the seedlings were destroyed, so it was difficult to raise new trees. The fence will not stop elephants, though, but the type of tree planted is not liked by elephants, and earlier the elephants have only come once or twice a year, and for those occasions the fence can be repaired again.
On the 22nd of January, Fontes Foundation Uganda was officially launched through a cocktail event at Protea Hotel, Kampala. About 80 guests attended the party, from a number of organizations and government institutions. Speeches were held by Andreas G. Koestler, the founder of the organisation, Swalleh Kabuye (LC3 Chairman of Katunguru Sub-county), Oscar Kasya, on behalf of Josephine Kasya (LC5 Kanungu District), Eng. Kavutse, acting Director of DWD, on behalf of Hon. Maria Mutagamba, Minister of Water and Environment and Sissel Idland, on behalf of Bjørg Leite, Norwegian Ambassador to Uganda. The party was a great success, with media coverage in the two major national newspapers and two local TV channels. A significant amount was collected in pledges, and funding possibilities are being followed up with a number of corporate such as telecom companies and oil companies in Uganda.
After the assessment in November 2009 the water project in Kashaka was installed in January 2010. A surface water treatment plant was installed where the water which is withdrawn from Lake George, is first settled in a settlement tank, then passes through a sand filter and an activated carbon filter and then chlorinated. Two public stand posts were constructed where people can withdraw water nearby their homes.
In January 2010, a detailed survey was carried out in Quissanga by the two hydro geologists Andread G. Koestler and Joseph Allen. The objective of the survey was to better understand the island-aquifer currently supplying the locality of Quissanga, with over 5000 people. Availability of sustainable fresh water sources in the coastal areas of northern Mozambique is extremely limited, and this island-aquifer periodically surrounded by sea water is the only source within more than 18kms from the district centre, a small town experiencing rapid growth. Increased quantities of water would drastically improve the prospective economic development in Quissanga, especially fish conservation and ice-production. A second objective of the study was to design a technology that will be able to extract the fresh water lying on top of the salt water aquifer, such as large-diameter shallow wells with horizontal collection pipes.
It is important for Fontes Foundation that the scholarship students are not only advancing academically, but that they are also exposed to other lessons important for their future. Therefore, the students have been closely involved in the water projects of Fontes Foundation. Two students, Luke and Gideon, were selected to participate during the implementation of a new water project in Kashaka village. They were extremely active and helped with translation, community mobilisation, learning basic technical tasks such as plumbing, etc. They also helped the committee in the starting phase with the management of the project.