Schools located around Lake Bunyonyi have a reason to celebrate the festive season after Rubanda District Development Association donated 150 life jackets to communities around the water body.
The schools are located in Kyabahinga, Kituka and Ahabukome.
Lake Bunyonyi vocational secondary School also benefited from the association’s generosity.
The pupils and students use the dugout canoes to cross Lake Bunyonyi and access their school every morning, a daily risk to their lives.
Lake Bunyonyi is Africa’s second deepest lake.
Aloysius Kafeza, the Chairperson of Rubanda District Development Association who coordinated the fundraising from the well-wishers to buy the jackets, said they rolled into action following a boat accident where a family of five drowned in Lake Bunyonyi on July 25, 2018.
On the ill-fated day, a family of 4 adults and two babies drowned in Lake Bunyonyi when a canoe they were in capsized.
The family was returning from a wedding in Hamukaka village in Rubanda district.
The association’s leadership warned residents against selling the jackets.
Kigezi Region Police Commander Richard Ecega asked residents to embrace the use of life jackets to protect their lives on the lake.
Ecega said police are in the process of setting up a marine unit at the lake as a way of helping in any eventuality.