St Mulumba Primary School - Kamuli
School Motto: Nothing Stops God’s Will
This is a government day primary school built in the 1970s, on land donated by the Catholic Church. In 2010 the community bought extra land to provide a playing field, so the school now owns approximately 6 acres. The school serves a number of small villages, with most parents trying to support themselves growing maize, following the collapse of the coffee industry, which had previously brought relative prosperity to the area.
The head mistress, Immaculate Zikoosuka, is a lovely, wise lady, an excellent leader and very popular within the local community. She was posted to the school in 2009 and, since then, the academic results have significantly improved and she has managed to secure additional government teachers.
When she arrived there were two main buildings: two classrooms built in 2004 by the government that require renovation. Another 5 classroom block, plus an office and storeroom, all were built by the community over a number of years, which were in desperate need of renovation. See picture right. Jiggers was prevalent as the floors were unscreeded, several classrooms didn’t have lintels, so the roof could easily have collapsed in a storm. Also windows and doors were missing.
The existing 5 latrines for the pupils and staff were unhygienic and not safe. There were no teachers’ houses at the school. Teachers were walking many kilometres twice each day, including the head teacher who lived 4 kilometres away. Time wasted that could be spent on preparing and marking lessons.
Thanks to The Orley Farm School (www.orleyfarm.harrow.sch.uk) we were able to complete many projects and transform the school. In December 2010 The Mount Kenya Team of 14 boys reached the summit of Mount Kenya, under the direction of Ceri Davies, who previously taught 3 van Straubenzee boys at Harrow School, They raised over £16,000 for HvSMF which is a wonderful donation to the school.
Completed projects have included:
Since completing all the projects in 2012 we have been watching this school to ensure that the community continue to support. We now feel that we would like to work with the school again and continue our assistance.
Head Teacher: Mrs Immaculate Zikoosuka