Buramba School is located in Southwest Uganda in Bushenyi District
Buramba Primary School is a government public institution in Uganda located in Buramba Ward Parish, Ishaka Division subcounty, Bushenyi District (GPS Coordinates: X 182740.7; Y 9942053.4). On the 24th of July 2014, eight pupils were struck dead by lightning in Buramba Primary School. The incident happened at 4:45 PM during a simple drizzle, as the pupils were in class for evening lessons at the school. Eight died on the spot and 23 were taken to Kampala International University (KIU) Western Campus in Ishaka Town to receive treatment.
In 2015, DEHN-SOHNE, a company known internationally for manufacture and installation of high quality lightning protection materials, working through DEHN-Africa volunteered to supply materials, design and installation expertise to protect this school. Installation was done in March 2017.
Gerrit Hendrik Meyer and Kirk Risch, from South Africa and pictured in some of the photos on the Runyanya School page, were selfless in their support of this project, designing the Lightning Protection Systems (LPS), traveling to Uganda more than once to train our staff of engineers and installers and to work on the installations themselves for the three schools (Runyanya, Buramba and Nkurungiro) in our first wave of 'Lightning Kills! Save a Life in Africa' campaign in 2016 and 2017.
Buramba School 2016 building layout and overview of lightning protection system
Unpacking and organizing all of the materials that must be installed to protect Buramba School buildings
Getting ready to install
Installing lightning rods - called 'arrestors' by Ugandans
Installing down-conductors which carry lightning current from the lightning rods harmlessly to the earthing/grounding rings buried in trenches around each building
Our installer staff work with parent volunteers who dig the trenching for the earthing/grounding rings that surround every building. This way, the community note only directly contributes to the safety of their children, but also learn about lightning safety and become involved in preventing vandalism of the system, a problem more common than would be anticipated.