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Isaac Tumuhimbise, Chief Installer for ACLENet, checks materials before Phase 2 installation begins at Mongoyo Primary School.
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We continue to witness the fruits of perseverance which is triumph in what we are doing despite tremendous difficulties. The school protection program in Uganda has progressed mainly because of perseverance and grit of the various teams at ACLENet in the face of many difficulties. By the end of March, about 80% of the work to install Lightning Protection System (LPS) at Mongoyo Primary School was completed.
For those who might not know, Mongoyo Primary School is found in remote Yumbe district of northwestern Uganda and is where a lightning Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) took place in early October, 2018. More than seventy children were affected in various ways, three of them dying instantly.
PolyTech, a large and well known European pioneer of lightning protection for wind turbines, had just agreed to fund design and installation of an LPS for Mongoyo School when the COVID-19 pandemic hit and the whole world shut down. However, PolyTech, Engineers Without Borders, and teams at ACLENet chose not to shut down. Both ACLENet's Executive Committee (ExCom) and LP Working Group (LPWG) continued to meet via zoom meetings to work on the design and installation of lightning protection for Mongoyo. 
The topography and soil structure at Mongoyo Primary School presented particular difficulty. The rocky soils on which many of the teachers' houses were erected would not allow normal digging to bury the earth ring cabling that we use around each building to direct lightning charge outward and away from those who live or study there. In addition, the unique grass thatched teachers’ houses was a departure from the roofing we had found at other schools. Both of these caused delays for new plans to be drawn, special materials ordered, and other solutions to be found.

These hurdles required more fact-finding trips to the school to enable our international team of LPS designers to understand how to provide safety in such an environment and for the unique dwellings. Trips to Mongoyo to answer LPWG design questions involve a 12-14 hour drive over rough and vehicle-crippling roads. There is no electricity nor internet at Mongoyo school so our survey and installation teams had to drive 20 km to the closest accommodations with internet or cell service to confer with our experts and to sleep at night. In the dry season, our teams returned with coughs that lasted for three days from the dust they encountered.
Additionally, international coordination of various teams involved in our school protection program face the ever present hurdle of bureaucracy at various levels of government - international borders, high import fees along with decreased flights to deliver materials, national, and local authorities working from home. Again, these had to be faced in the middle of lockdowns complicated by driving and travel restrictions of the past three years across Uganda. 
However, seeing the beautiful pictures of installations at Mongoyo Primary School gave so much joy that we nearly forgot all the challenges we faced!
We choose to focus on the accomplishment and remember to thank Polytech, Engineers Without Borders, our faithful staff, our donors, and our many volunteers all over the world, who have made it possible to continue the mission of ACLENet.
That is perseverance and triumph!
Let us CELEBRATE the success of LPS installation at Mongoyo Primary School!
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African Lightning Events Reported in March

Former Mamelodi Sundowns starlet fatally struck by lightning!
South Africa

1 March 2022
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Lightning kills two people in Jamba

11 March 2022
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Lightning strike demolishes two classrooms at the Kyugama Orphans Primary School
12 March 2022
Reported by new Citizen Reporter 
Byamungu Shonda Migani
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Lightning kills a father, leaving a widow and 6 orphans

20 March 2022
Reported by new Citizen Reporter 
TAABU SIKILIZA, widow of the man killed
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Lightning kills mother and son

22 March 2022
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Rulindo: Lightning strikes 11 more students

23 March 2022
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Triple tragedy as three family members, including two children, killed by lightning
South Africa

24 March 2022
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Lightning Strike in Alebtong District, Northern Uganda
25 March 2022
Reported by Martin Omara Okodi, Citizen Reporter and ACLENet staff
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ACLENet Annual Report for 2021
ACLENet is a co-sponsor of the
International Conference on Lightning Protection (ICLP2022),

one of the most prestigious international lightning protection conferences.
It is coming to the African continent for the first time in 2022 and
over 200 abstracts have been submitted!

For a video of Cape Town where the conference is being held, go to the bottom of this newsletter or click here.
We look forward to seeing you there!
This video shows the city of Cape Town, South Africa, where the
International Conference on Lightning Protection 2022 will be held.
Click for an interactive WORLD MAP of LIGHTNING
If you keep moving around the world map, you can see stroke densities down to the local state, county, district, province or other subdivision within each country.
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