Since the end of November, a SolarWave water purification system has been installed in the Jolly-Mercy Learning Center – a primary school in Kampala, Uganda. The system was donated by the Swedish company Midroc.
The water used in the school comes from three sources – rainwater, a borehole and a surface water source, which are used interchangeably depending on the availability of water. The water from these sources is not safe to drink so the school used to boil the water and spent 200,000 UGX per month on firewood. Despite the school’s efforts to provide safe water to the students, on an average, 15 children fell ill due to waterborne diseases every 3 months. Now, all the 200 students and 18 teachers in the school, as well as the local community in the neighborhood, will benefit from safe drinking water purified by the SolarWave system.
“Thanks to the SolarWave system, we are not only saving the money on firewood, we are also saving the environment by avoiding cutting down the trees, which take many years to grow!” says James Kimera Ssekiwanuka, Director of Jolly-Mercy Learning Center.