Whatever your budget - your donations will directly help give the impoverished children of south east Uganda the school buildings and facilities which will ensure they receive a proper education.
If donors pay for specific buildings we recognise their contributions with a granite plaque on the building. It is possible for donors to dedicate the building to a specific person or organisation.
- £5 will help buy textbooks. Textbooks are vital to providing a high quality education. Most schools have no textbooks or far too few. There may be only three textbooks for a class of over 100 children.
- £10 will provide a years supply of exercise books, pens and pencils for a child who cannot afford these vital materials. Pens and paper are prized possessions and children can often struggle to afford the most basic of scholastic materials.
- £20 buys a heavy duty desk and bench for three children currently sitting on the floor. Many children spend over 7 hours every day sitting on dirt floors while they attempt to learn. . Jiggers – the parasite flea lives in the dirt. This large tick-like insect burrows into the toes of children making daily life and learning at school incredibly uncomfortable.
- £38 will buy a metal bunk bed for two – many children sleep on the dusty floor with only a sheet as protection from the dirt. A proper nights sleep will improve their learning capacity.
- £400 will provide a musical instrument package – Ugandans, like all Africans, love their music and it is essential for a rounded education. The package includes harps, thumb pianos, xylophone, flutes, tuba fiddles, pan pipes, lyres and drums (below):
- £400 will pay for a sports package – sport is an essential part of a child’s learning. For this money we can provide a combination of footballs,volleyballs, netballs, football goal posts, volleyball nets, netball goals, corner post flags, whistles, first aid kit – depending on the need of the school.
- £600 could fund a complete set of library furniture – all too frequently school textbooks are stored in piles on the ground. This money will provide shelves for the books, plus tables and chairs for the children to learn in a quiet room, essential for secondary schools where O levels are taken in the 4th year.
- £750 will provide enough solar panels for a 2.5 classroom block – this means that an office and two classrooms can have lighting to increase the hours of learning after dark. This is essential for those children taking their final leaving exams at primary school as, without good grades, they cannot receive a free secondary education.
- £850 buys playground equipment for a nursery school - small children need to have fun during their playtime. With this money we can provide a sturdy, fun painted, slide, swings and a witches’ hat roundabout to keep them amused for many hours (below):
- £1,250 will construct a 20,000 litre ISSB water tank – to harvest the plentiful rain from the roofs of buildings to provide safe drinking water, and water for cooking, washing and hygiene
- £1,500 will pay for 4 teachers’ latrines and 2 teachers’ washrooms – at any school the latrines and washing facilities are very poor. If a school wishes keep good staff, proper facilities will assist with the self-esteem of the teachers and stop them leaving to go elsewhere.
- £1,750 will construct a kitchen plus lockable store – most schools only have a few poles with a small amount of shelter as their kitchen. This building will give them an area to cook in away from the rain, an area to serve the food, plus a lockable store for any foraged wood for the fire and a place to store their maize for the children’s porridge. The school would no longer need to store wood and grain at the back of a classroom, plus it cannot get stolen.
- £2,000 will provide a block of 8 pupil latrine stanzas - to provide safe sanitation for a school for the next ten years. The pit for the latrines is an incredible 35 foot, dug out by two men way below ground. Many latrines are not dug deep enough by the community and rapidly become unsafe or over-flowing.
- £5,000 will construct a bore hole – the main priority at all schools would be a permanent water supply. In September 2015 we successfully constructed our first bore hole to a depth of 60m, this will hopefully supply enough water for 2500 children and teachers per day. This donation will have a dramatic effect on the school. Without a bore hole the school either has to pay someone to collect water, money they don’t have, or the children have to walk to collect water during the day instead of spending time learning in the classroom, or they rely on various rainwater tanks where the water is only available after it has rained.
- £5,000 will build a Science laboratory and Prep room – this is necessary in Secondary schools in order to take GCSE and A level science. An extra £1,500 is also needed to provide the lab furniture, shelves and lockable cupboard in the prep room, and to buy the minimum equipment in order to do the necessary experiments. Secondary education is a vital step in providing children with an opportunity to gain further education or training, which can ultimately lead to jobs of real financial value (below):
- £6,250 will build a block of three teachers' houses and £7,500 will build a block of four teachers’ houses - being a teacher in Uganda is a difficult task. Classes are large and wages are low, particularly in rural schools. Providing teachers’ accommodation helps alleviate some of the struggle. Teachers’ houses enable rural schools to recruit and retain good quality teaching staff, because they do not have a long journey into work, often on foot. More time spent at the school improves academic standards and helps with discipline and security.
- £8,000 will build a two classroom block – this means that between 60 - 100 children in each classroom can now receive an education out of the sun and away from the rain. With no classroom, the children only have the shelter of a tree, with a brick as their seat. When it rains, which it regularly does in Uganda, they have to go home.
- £9,300 builds two dormitories, plus a matron’s room and store room - dormitories can transform a school. Children no longer have to walk home in the dark which is particularly unsafe for the girls. They create revenue for the school and also help produce the most academic students as they are always on site to learn.
- £10,000 will provide three nursery classrooms, plus office and storeroom – the basic knowledge taught to pupils at nursery school prepares children for their primary education. Unfortunately the Ugandan government does not provide free nursery education.
- £13,125 will build a 3 classroom block to include an office and store room – a permanent well built block of classrooms is one of the most important assets to a school. The office is a necessity in order for the school to be registered.
A SMALL DONATION IN GREAT BRITAIN CAN MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE IN UGANDA