Born Free Foundation - Keep Wildlife in the Wild

Koome Church of Uganda Primary School


Located on Koome Island, 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: 253

Age range: 5-16 years

Male: female ratio: 1:1

Local wildlife/environmental challenges:

  1. Water & sanitation (drought, pollution etc.);
  2. Habitat degradation (siltation etc.);

Key achievements in 2014/15:

  1. Water tanks have meant that the children no longer need to travel to the lake shore to collect water. Now that the tanks are at the school, they can easily collect it from the roof tops;
  2. The establishment of a fruit tree garden and a tree nursery has allowed the children to learn new skills and practice them, including caring for the fruit trees, mixing of soils, potting, preparing the site and daily maintenance of the tree nursery.

Key achievements in 2015/16:

  1. School toilets were built to help reduce the pollution of Lake Victoria, caused by poor human waste management.

Key achievements in 2016/17:

  1. Support for debate competitions provided knowledge, skills in public speech, promoted talent and encouraged research, while creating awareness on key local environment issues.

 2017/18 funding:

  1. Further support for debate competitions will strengthen the skills leaned in 2016/17 and increase local awareness.
Born Free Foundation
Broadlands Business Campus, Langhurstwood Road
, Horsham, RH12 4QP, UK - Charity Reg. No. 1070906

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