Working with Fishermen and other Vulnerable Populations
An estimated 5000 fishermen lose their lives every year on Lake Victoria due to sudden storms.
Lake Victoria is so large that it makes its own weather patterns. Often, unexpected and sudden storms come up over the Lake, swamping fishermen’s boats and killing an estimated 5000 people on or around the Lake every year. Lightning, produced in many severe storms, can assist in predicting and tracking storms. One of ACLENet's earliest projects was surveying fishermen to determine individual exposure (when were they on the Lake, how often), mobile phone and smart-phone penetrance and how fishermen preferred to be notified.
This survey was part of the data that allowed ACLENet,joined with four other partners, Trans-African Hydro Meteorological Observatory (TAHMO), Earth Networks, human Networks International and CHAI at Makerere University, to win the first round of Global Resilience Partnership grants, funded by Rockefeller Foundation, USAID, and SIDA. The goals of the grant were to work with the Uganda National Meteorological Administration (UNMA) to improve warning systems for the citizens of Uganda through mobile phone apps.