Born Free Foundation - Keep Wildlife in the Wild

Myende Primary School


Located on the Koome Island chain, Lake Victoria, Mukono District. The local wildlife project is Ngamba Island, managed by the Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust CSWCT and supported by Born Free since 1998.

Ngamba Island is a chimpanzee sanctuary, located on Lake Victoria in Uganda.  The island is home to over 40 chimpanzees, all of whom were rescued from the pet and wildlife trades.

Students: 152

Age range: 5-16 years

Male: female ratio: 1:2

Local wildlife/environmental challenges:

  1. Water & sanitation (drought, pollution etc.);
  2. Illegal activities (illegal fishing practices, poaching etc.);
  3. Unsustainable harvesting (deforestation etc.);
  4. Habitat degradation (siltation etc.)

Key achievements in 2014/15:

  1. Setting up a bee keeping club at the school to teach the students about the importance of pollinators in the environment;
  2. A great ape education kit was purchased to help CSWCT staff teach the children at Myende, and other local schools, about the different members of the great ape family and their importance. The materials, including replica gorilla skulls were used during the World Wildlife day celebrations 2015.

Key achievements in 2015/16:

  1. Music dance and drama festivals and school debates (together with other schools in the sub county) helped to raise awareness of the environment and local environmental issues.

 Key achievements in 2016/17:

  1. Support the construction of a toilet block promoted proper human waste management and therefore is reducing the risks associated with the same.

2017/18 funding:

  1. Phase two of the toilet project is the construction of a bio-digester to ensure environmentally appropriate waste disposal. Further tackling local pollution and environmental degradation.
Born Free Foundation
Broadlands Business Campus, Langhurstwood Road
, Horsham, RH12 4QP, UK - Charity Reg. No. 1070906

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