Kyabirwa Primary School is a poor rural school in a subsistence farming area 6km from Jinja town. The pupil’s parents are financially and economically unstable whereby they cannot afford catering for school bills, health, feeding, clothing and other necessities. Our Volunteer Project was started 10 years ago to develop the school and improve educational standards. Pass results for the Primary Leavers Exams have risen 60% in those 10 years! There are many initiatives and much equipment that has been provided by our volunteer project and we would not have them without it. We still have much to do though!
Our children now have a free porridge lunch so that they can concentrate in the afternoon. The staff started a girl’s sanitation project to prevent menstruating girls missing 25% of school time due to their lack of proper sanitary wear. We have a sickroom, many more books of all sorts, a hall, a couple of laptops, a printer, a TV. We have water, limited electricity (limiting helps us keep the bills down!) We even have a large hall which is also used by the community. More teachers live at the school in the new but basic accommodation we built and that means that they are on site to give remedial lessons to slower learners. We need to build more teachers’ accommodation so that all teachers will then live at school. They won’t have to travel or pay a high rent as they do now and will be on site to teach after school and in the evenings. The building of another teachers’ accommodation block is a simple way to enhance the lives of local people in perpetuity. That is our next priority to save for from the volunteer fee.
There have been many great developments because of the project. It has all really widened our children’s and Teachers horizons. In fact our project has raised standards in the whole dispersed community as well as encouraging the children to work hard and shown them what enterprise can achieve. All this and more has been achieved by our taking volunteers from around the world and by charging them a small fee which we save until it’s enough to pay for the next Prioritized need. Occasionally a volunteer will fundraise for us or donate to us. We never solicit that though so you will not be pestered for money here. One of our current priorities is that our school grounds need to be fenced for security purposes whereby children will be safe and local domestic cows don’t pollute the ground the children play on and where sports are played. This is also a priority.
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