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Teachers’ Houses



New Latrines

St Mary's Nawanyago Primary

Number of pupils :  1157 (532 boys & 625 girls)

School Motto :  Education for Progress

St Mary's Nawanyago Catholic Primary school is next to St Stephen Nawanyago Primary School, which is a Church of Uganda school - both are in the village of Nawanyago. The school was started by the Roman Catholic missionaries in the 1930s. It is a government aided school with day and boarding facilities.

HvSMF Trustees first visited in March 2010. The classrooms, pupil latrines and staff facilities were all in a very poor state. Since then HvSMF has completed 38 different projects and transformed the school. The teachers' facilities are now very good which helps to attract and retain the best teachers. The girls and boys have single sex dormitories, latrines and washrooms. As a result of these excellent facilities in February 2024 there were 104 girl boarders and 81 boys.  The school also has its own borehole which supplies a constant supply of water for drinking,  hand washing, cooking and improved hygiene.

Francis Mutaasa returned to St Mary's as head teacher in 2018, having previously been a deputy at the school for 9 years. The school's exam results have improved over the years and if we had had extra funds we would have continued to support the school with extra teachers’ facilities and another boys’ dormitory.

On our last visit Francis said: “St Mary’s Nawanyago Primary School shall live to remember all the great, tremendous, tireless works and moments by the charity for the sake of our pupils. We are greatly going to miss you but we promise to remain in touch in spirit”.

Completed Projects Images

Head Teacher

Francis Mutaasa

This was the final school we visited in 2024.  Over 1000 pupils greeted us at the gate.  The singing,, dancing and clapping was truly memorable.  It was a very emotional moment.

What's been done so far?


  • Renovation of main school block by Richard Duke, an African Asia Venture volunteer


  • Renovation of 4 x teachers' houses
  • Renovation of 4 x teachers' houses
  • Supply of school sign
  • Supply of 50 x 3 seater desks


  • Construction of 4 x teachers' houses
  • Construction of 4 x teacher's latrines and 2 x teachers' washrooms
  • Renovation of 3 x classrooms
  • Renovation 2 x classrooms
  • Supply of 1 x 20,000 litre ISSB water tank
  • Supply of textbooks


  • Renovation of 3 x classrooms
  • Renovation of 2 classrooms
  • Construction of 8 x boys' latrines
  • Construction of 8 x girls' latrines
  • Supply of 2 x 20,000 litre ISSB water tank
  • Supply of 2 x solar panel packages
  • Supply of textbooks
  • Supply of 50 x 3 seater desks
  • Completion of kitchen and store
  • Supply of musical instruments


  • Supply of 10 bunk beds
  • Supply of staff furniture package
  • Construction of borehole


  • Construction of 1.5 girls' dormitory to include matron's room
  • Renovation of 4 blocks of 5 latrines all to now be girls only
  • Construction of 1 girls' washroom
  • Renovation of 3 classrooms to include reading room
  • Supply 25 x 3 seater desks


  • Supply East African Playground


  • Construction of 1.5 boys' dormitory to include one teacher's rooms
  • Construction of 1 girls' dormitory, attached to the 1.5 one constructed in 2016
  • Construction of 4 teachers' houses
  • Construction of 1 boys' washroom
  • Supply 50 x 3 seater desks
  • Supply sports equipment package
  • Supply staff furniture package
  • Supply 30 x bunk beds
  • Renovation of 3.5 classrooms including the Charity Office


Original head teacher's house

Typical Ugandan teachers' houses

Typical Ugandan teachers' washroom

Ugandan 3 classrooms needing renovation


Renovated head teacher's house

HvSMF renovated teachers' houses

HvSMF teachers' latrines and washrooms

HvSMF renovated 3 classrooms

Flickr Galleries

St Marys Nawanyago 2024

St Marys Nawanyago 2022