We are delighted to announce that, thanks to recent generous donations from our lovely supporters, we are now in a position to source a boda-boda motorcycle for Uphill Junior School!
The school is located in a very rural area of crater lake hills some 35km south of the nearest town, Fort Portal. There is no public transport network and trips into town or to the nearest community medical centre require a motorcycle taxi, known locally as a boda-boda. Costs soon mount up and a school boda-boda for staff to use on school business has been on the school wish list for the past two years.
The Uphill Trust plan to buy a suitable boda motorbike capable of negotiating the rough dirt tracks that link Iruhuura to the main road to Fort Portal, along with protective clothing for the rider and passenger/s.
The school boda-boda will allow staff to travel into town to get to the bank, buy supplies and collect deliveries of equipment or other materials needed by the school. It will also be used to transport staff and children to medical and other essential appointments.
We hope to be able to source a suitable machine in the near future – watch this space!
UPDATE APRIL 2018: During the recent trustee visit to Uganda we were able to ascertain the availability, suitability and price of the most popular boda-boda for his rural area. The school bursar is currently receiving motorcycle training and, once he is licensed to ride, a motorcycle like the one below will be purchases, along with helmets.