When we are in Uganda, our time will be spent with Cyrus and Pauline Muwanga who operate Grand Maria School and Orphanage.
In my role as a high school Social Studies teacher, we talk lots about other places in the world, and the conditions that others, especially children, find themselves in. In Grade 10, we study globalization, and each semester I challenge the students to raise some funds – like from loose change after they have bought a Slurpee – so that as a class we can fund some micro-loans through Kiva.org. This semester our three EBHS classes raised over $500 to create new $25 micro-loans, putting our school lifetime total of loans to Kiva.org at 51.
It was a very natural fit to start telling students about my trip to Uganda and the school and orphanage that we would be working with. Many of my female students are especially concerned about rights for girls around the world and access to education.
When I told them that some girls quit going to school because they lack female hygiene products, they could scarcely believe it. When I told them we were raising funds to buy feminine hygiene kits, they asked if they could help. By the end of the semester, my three Social Studies classes had raised just over $270 for this hygiene project, including some very significant donations by individual students.
The school and orphanage have been working hard to improve conditions with donor support through Fresh Start Uganda. Here is the school before and after additional support through Fresh Start Uganda:
Another project we are hoping to fund sn a new latrine area for the orphanage. Here are photos of the previous school latrine, its collapse, and the new latrine facility:
The orphanage itself still requires some funds to be completed. (Click here to read about a Chicago school who helped with the initial building of the orphanage) We are hoping to raise funds for some of the work -such as electrical- that needs to be done before it can become operational.