Safe Waters Foundation / National Lake Rescue Institute
Achievements 2002 – 2015
2002 – 2010
Establishment and operations of 10 community based rescue stations in Uganda, including local production of life jackets and community awareness programs. The rescue stations were closed in 2010 due to lack of funding support but the work continues to save man and environment.
The lifejacket project got a lot of attention and the results has been made available in the public domain.
Recognized by East African Community Council of Ministers as provider of Search and Rescue services on Lake Victoria.
2003 – 2007
Member of the board of International Lifeboat Federation (ILF), SAR development advisory work. Preparing the restructure and transfer from ILF to International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF). Key note speaker at the 2007 ILF/IMRF Congress in Gothenburg.
Launching of cooperation between NLRI and Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) in Murchinson Falls and Queen Elisabeth National Parks, establishment of UWA rescue stations, training of park rangers in SAR and first aid.
Signing of MOU with Uganda Department of Metrology on information sharing and cooperation.
Advisory for UN FAO in Peru, focussing on coastal zone management and safety for artisanal fisheries.
Dedicated experts on Search and Rescue for UN FAO within the “Safety for Fishermen” structure. (http://www.fao.org/fishery/safety-for-fishermen/en/)
2007 – 2008
Member of UN World Maritime University Expert Panel on Search and Rescue, writing of recommendations for the International Maritime Organization.
Presenting case studies on community based Search and Rescue for SIDA in courses on Coastal Zone Management in Sweden.
Project work with Ericsson AB, GSM Association, World Metrological Organization, and telecom operator ZAIN (AIRTEL) on maritime safety structures on Lake Victoria.
2009 – 2010
Consultancy and presentation of the “Maritime Communication and Safety on Lake Victoria” project for the EAC, the Lake Victoria Basin Commission, and selected stake holders in Nairobi, Kenya.
Advising the Brasilian NGO Anjos do Mar on strategy, organization and fundraising in the Santa Catarina region of Brazil.
Cooperation agreement with Swedish Sea Rescue Society and their development arm Safe Waters Foundation registered in Sweden. Reorganization and merger with newly established Ugandan NGO Safe Waters Foundation Africa, changing name to Safe Waters Foundation Africa. The strong Lake Rescue brand retained as a brand for community work and SAR.
Advising the Yemen Maritime Administration on community based search and rescue, Sanaa, Al Hudeidah, Aden.
2012 – cont.
Teaching at UN World Maritime University, Search and Rescue (SAR) Systems, SAR in developing countries, community based SAR within a MOU between WMU and the Swedish Sea Rescue Society.
Weather for All initiative, pilot project cooperation with Ericsson AB and World Metrological Organization providing weather forecasts and warnings to fishermen. http://www.wmo.int/pages/prog/dra/rmo/MWA.php
Launching project with Ericsson AB to establish a privately run Maritime Rescue Communication and Coordination centre for Lake Victoria. http://www.bbc.com/news/health-25768127
Advising on the review of transport regulations for Lake Victoria and the integration of the Lake Victoria Transport act into Ugandan law.
MOU with Entebbe International University on cooperation. Providing a Visiting Professor on safety, security, environmental emergency response, and maritime transports.
Presentation at the International Maritime Rescue Federation congress in Bremerhaven, Germany.
Sharing with SOCIEDADE BRASILEIRA DE SALVAMENTO AQUÁTICO all our life jacket project plans and designs for a life jacket project aimed at the fishing communities in the Amazonas, a project that was successfully launched in 2016.
Providing support to the Swedish Sea Rescue Society deployment on Samos, Greece, related to safety for migrating refugees (the Yellow Boats project, Gula Båtarna)
Providing support to Tanzania Sea Rescue start-up. We engaged by providing strategic advise, contacts, and donated their first rescue boat based out of Dar es Salaam.
Negotiating an MOU with the Ministry of Works and Transports for safety initiatives on Lake Victoria and the upcoming Safety on Lake Victoria project.