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The Lake Bunyonyi Pineapple Community Project aims to help the people in the region achieve a better standard of living.

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Project context

Where is Lake Bunyoni?

Situated in the Southwest part of this landlocked country, Lake Bunyonyi is not only the most beautiful of Uganda’s great lakes, but also the deepest lake in the whole of the African continent. Due to no wild life being dependent on the lake, it is one of the few lakes in Africa that is safe enough to swim.

Project 1: Swimming lessons

Despite living by the lake all their lives and relying on the food from the water, 90% of the population around the lake cannot swim. Crossing the lake with dugout canoe is part of daily life of all surrounding communities. This is because potentially long muddy roads make it almost impossible to move around the lake following them. This is also one of the main reasons why the main secondary school is built on an island in the middle of the lake.

Project 2: Nursery school

The school system around the lake consists of an elementary school in each community around the lake and a secondary school on an island in the middle of the lake. Many mothers face the challenge of having to juggle looking after the crops and household chores while taking care of the small children until they are old enough to go to elementary school. There is currently no formal education until then.

About the project

Project 1: Swimming lessons

By providing people with the basic skills of swimming, the aim is to decrease the daily accidents from happening in the first place, especially as people do not use life jackets.

As the lake is very deep with no easy access to shore, to ensure the safety of everyone during the lessons, there is a need for life jackets. Currently, there are two (2) life jackets, which is not enough given the success of the project and the aim is to purchase an additional fifteen (15) life jackets.

Ask: As this project cannot succeed with the additional life jackets to benefit a larger group of children, I would like to kindly ask you to donate for the purchase of these.

Project 2: Nursery school

Last year, we have started a pre-elementary school for the children in my community with two (2) volunteer teachers and hosted temporarily by the village church. This proved to be a great success and the number of children attending grew exponentially to reach thirty-five (35) children.

As the church facilities cannot accommodate the growing number of children, I have decided to use the land I inherited from my grandmother to build a permanent pre-elementary school. With donations and other savings, there is now a fence and one (1) room hut for the school.

Ask: To be able to welcome the kids, there is a need to build two (2) classrooms, one (1) kitchen and toilet facilities. I would like to kindly ask you to donate for the construction of all these facilities.

Future plans

Once everything has been set up, I will like to be able to invite and host volunteers to the beautiful Lake Bunyonyi to teach the children at the pre-elementary school and both adults and children to swim.

Why am I requesting your help?

Until now, I have done everything possible by giving away land belonging to my family, investing money and tips I have received from the tourists as well as any other donation to make my vision a reality. Having reached a glass ceiling in terms of investments, I now need your help move forward with the projects I have already started.

Project Initiator

Who am I?

My name is Ananias (or Pineapple as most call me), a 23-year-old Ugandan, born and bred on the shores of Lake Bunyonyi. I have completed tourism studies and now make a living by taking tourists on the lake for day trips and acting as a guide to show how the different communities live and work.

Having lived here my whole life, I have first-hand experiences on how our lifestyle is changing. For me, giving back to my society is very important and I have been helping the communities around the lake as much as I can to ensure the development and education of the children and maintain their wellbeing and security.

My vision is to have a community where everyone feel safe and know the basics to be able to survive in the fast-changing world.

Our needs

Social Impact

70 persons helped


How many people live around Lake Bunyonyi ?

Lake Bunyonyi is part of two districts, Kabale and Kisoro. Kabale district, which where the community project is located, has approximately 534,164 inhabitants according to the Ugandan Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives.

How long kids spend on dugout canoe each day to go to secondary school?

The children spend in average two hours one way on canoe to reach the secondary school on the main island, so a total of four hours daily. Most of them are from disadvantaged families that cannot afford motor boat.

How long does it take for a child to learn to swim?

Every child is different and therefore it is impossible to give an exact answer to this question. Practice and exposure are the keys to learning, hence regular swimming lessons is very important. While a child can learn basic swimming skills like breath control, floating and propulsion quickly, mastering good swimming technique and water safety skills will take several months, from 6 months up to 1 year of regular lessons to accomplish.

Currently it takes me two (2) to three (3) hours for each lesson and having only few swimming jackets makes it harder for me to fulfill the growing number of kids willing to learn.

What is being thought to children in preschool?

The preschool teacher provides early childhood education and care for children, and help them develop a range of skills that make them ready to learn when they start school, such as social skills: the ability to empathize and interact successfully with their peer group, and also relate easily to adults.

We will offer swimming lessons at preschool for which I will be acting as a swimming teacher; along with sports practices like volley ball for both girls and boys. In future, we would like to offer initiation to music as well.

How long will children have to walk in average to get to preschool?

According to the Uganda Bureau of Statistics,  6.5 % of students aged 6-12 who attend school had to walk more than 5 km to and from school (an average person walks between 2-3 km per 30 minutes). Children come from surrounding areas, some walk up to one and half (1.5) hour, while others employ twenty (20) to thirty (30) minutes to reach the school, the closest ones live only ten (min) by walk. The preschool is located clause to the community elementary school which insures sibling to walk together to school.

Will we receive an update on how the funds usage?

We want to keep you informed of the progress of our projects with monthly emails. We are willing to share with you the progress of the swimming class and preschool buildings construction but also share with great pride the school and swimming achievements of our children.