During the period of armed confrontation (in February) between the armed group called "Yakutumba" and the government forces for the control and the administration of the region, our wooden boat of 30 tons under repair on the beach of Kazimia remained intact and well protected by all.
Indeed, the boat that ensures the traffic of people and goods on Lake Tanganyika between the different cities and towns of the Republic of Burundi, the United Republic of Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo generates revenue for the proper functioning of the school (by the teachers' bonuses and the purchase of needy school materials).
After three years of navigation some boards in contact with the water rotted. It is now a question of replacing them with new ones.
However, this project involves the purchase of a new, high horsepower engine (75 horsepower) to efficiently sail our 30-tonne boat. With the purchase of this new machine, our boat will face stiff competition with the other boats that sail on the lake and will ensure its own safety.
We thank our various donors for their generous donations and continue to support us so that the project objective (purchase of a new and appropriate machine) is achieved.
We wish to receive suggestions so that we can improve further.
For some time, the flag of our "Glenn Paige Nonkilling School boat" has not floated on Lake Tanganyika where it was transporting people and goods between the Republic of Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the United Republic of Tanzania. Indeed, some boards in contact with water rotted. It is urgent to replace these rotten wood with new planks.
This operation is slow. The only resources we have come from the rental of our old Yamaha 55 that is attached to the various canoes and boats of the region. Of these resources more than 90% are allocated to the smooth running of the School; the rest (10%) repairs the boat.
However, the main objective of this beautiful project is to make our boat profitable by buying a motor 75 horsepower appropriate to the tonnage of our boat (30 tons). It would be enormously pleasant that the purchase of this appropriate engine coincides with the end of repair work. A new strong machine with a boat repaired, what recipes for our school!
We thank our nonkilling friends for their wonderful donations and we count on them for the sustainability of our Nonkilling School through the profitability of our boat. Thank you for suggestions to improve our work.
Merry Christmas ! And wish a Happy 2018 full of success, joy and peace to all.
Our Glenn Paige Nonkilling School Boat remains our own unique source of revenue. It is a set of a large 30 ton hardwood boat driven by a 55 horsepower outboard engine. Donated by a donor in 2014, the boat transports people and goods to Lake Tanganyika between different points in the Republic of Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the United Republic of Tanzania.
In contact with water, several wooden planks are worn and are being replaced. A slow work by the search for the best wood (Muninga) coming from Tanzania and for lack of sufficient funds.
To have funds to meet the School's operating needs, we rent a boat to third parties to which we attach our 45 horsepower Yamaha engine. A sailor says "Tunakodi mtumbwi ungine kwa kungoja wetu umalizike, walimu wawe wanapata mshahara wao". This Kiswahili sentence means in English :” We rent a boat while waiting for ours to be restored so teachers continue to receive their wages”.
We recall that this project consists of raising funds to buy a new powerful 75 horsepower engine able of pulling our boat efficiently. It remains a modest amount to complete.
We warmly thank our donors and help us make our boat more profitable and efficient.
The flag of Glenn Paige NonKilling School has not been floating for some months on the waters of Lake Tanganyika ... The main cause is that our boat is in full repair (restructuring). It is a matter of replacing old boards worn by water and loads with new boards. It is a delicate work especially for our big boat wich weighs 30 tons and the good hard boards come from United Republic of Tanzania.
We admit that our forecasts were disrupted by galloping inflation and devaluation of our currency. However, the repair should be ready in September 2017 (the start of the new school year) to allow the School to run smoothly.
Meanwhile, our 55 horsepower engine is becoming increasingly worn out. Failures multiply. The aim of this project is to acquire a new 75 horsepower engine for the safety of people and goods during its various journeys.
We thank our donors for the amount already received; we are grateful and confident.
Let us hope for the rest of the funds so that our boat can be profitable and can support financially the pioneering school which bears an illustrious name.
Our boat, the only source of revenue and self-financing for our school, is called Glenn Paige Nonkilling School Boat and is a 30-ton wooden boat that transports people and goods on Lake Tanganyika between the different points of Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Tanzania. It bears the Congolese flag and the signs of Nonkilling and Peace.
We obtained it by a friend's donation in 2014. After having sailed for almost three and a half years and filled with good services, some pieces of wood are very worn and others are rotten. This requires systematic replacement of any non-viable board. It is a delicate operation of sorting the bad woods of the good. But also to look for a good form of stability of the coke allowing a sound navigation and an easy handling.
We have to look for some wood from Tanzania to fit the part that carries the engine and the back part that carries the ink. It is one of the hardest and most expensive woods in the region.
We also expect the amount to be effective to purchase the new suitable engine (75 horsepower).
The improvement (restoration) of our boat combined with the powerful engine will certainly make our boat more profitable.
In this regard the Headmaster said in French “ Le boat doit être rentable pour perpétuer l’Ecole qui porte un illustre nom “ that means in English "The boat must be profitable to perpetuate the School which bears an illustrious name".
We warmly thank our various donors for their generosity and together we bear the standard of Peace for the advent of a Nonkilling Society.
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