Constructing at Swing Set at an Islamic Primary School near Arua, Uganda

Today we met up with staff from the Islamic University in Arua, located in the northwest corner of Uganda, and headed 30 kilometers over a rough to a large Islamic primary school (Hirai).  The goal was to construct a 4-seat swing set.  We also planned to show movies at the school.  The school doesn’t have electricity, so for this latter task, we used a laptop and a battery-powered, LED projector.

The locals helped a great deal with the construction of the swing set; they helped with assembly of the frame, dug holes, and placed concrete.  To assemble the frame, we had to drill 40 holes in the this pipe for the frame.  This work we did with a Makita battery-powered drill.

Installing Swing Set at Hirai Islamic Primary School, with Mosque in the Background

Installing Swing Set at Hirai Islamic Primary School, with Mosque in the Background

The swing was constructed using galvinized, 2-inch (ID) pipe and chain which is purchased localled.  The pipe connectors are made by a technical school in Kampala.  The swing seat hangers and chain connectors are brought from the USA.  We’ve had difficulties getting the hangers made in Uganda

School Child Trying Out the New Swing Set

School Child Trying Out the New Swing Set

While we were constructing the swing set, a woman from SeeeMe (a Park City-based NGO) showed movies to the students.  They crowded into small classrom.  The room turned out to be quite uncomfortable so we tried a Makita battery-powered fun.  That helped some.  So in the future we will use more fans.  Despite the difficulties, the children loved watching the movies.

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