Ateb operates environmental projects that are engineering based, e.g. solar power (the separate Environment group operates projects such as tree planting, green mapping, etc.).
Solar power has been installed in 4 schools.
Small systems have been installed in two of the schools, providing light in the evenings in one or two classrooms. This has enabled the schools to put on after school homework clubs, and for the community meetings in the evenings.
Larger systems have been installed in two primary schools. In the first (Busimba) lights were provided in all classrooms, and the head teacher's office, and mains sockets were provided in the head teacher's office, and two of the class rooms, to enable up to two laptops to be powered. A single laptop was provided at the time of installation.
The second primary school, Lwandubi, is much larger. Sufficient funds were raised so that in February 2016 lights and mains sockets were provided in half of the classrooms, plus the head teacher's office. There is enough power for two or three laptops to be powered. A single laptop had previously been provided. Fund raising is on-going, with the hope that in the autumn of 2016 it will be possible to extend the system to the whole school.
Micro Hydro Power
We have implemented a pilot small scale micro-hydro electricity generating project. Over the course of a couple of visits, Bumayoka Primary School in the Bududa district of the Mbale region was identified as having a suitable stream sufficiently nearby. The project was completed during Easter 2015, with the school being provided with lights in all the classrooms, and sufficient power to charge two laptops. On laptop was provided. The main part of the funding was provided by a Welsh Government grant (funded from their carbon offsetting). The project was implemented in collaboration with the University of South Wales.