District 9705 Grant - Update
Rotary Peace Fellow, Emily Nabakooza has been hard at work using a second District 9705 Grant to restore a very under resourced mixed primary school in her area of Uganda. A fit for purpose pit latrine has been  built and classrooms made watertight and useable again.   With the funding provided by D9705 this renovation has lifted the educational and health prospects of  some rural Ugandan children. Read more for further information from Emily.
While there is a rising demand for education in Uganda due to a still-growing school-age population, the lack of facilities that foster an adequate learning environment remains a huge challenge that interferes with children’s education. At the core of Assisi Centre’s interventions, lies a commitment to assist children in marginalized communities to learn through a quality education - by alleviating obstacles they face. With funds from the Rotary District 9705 and donations from the Rotary Club of Canberra, we are beyond grateful and pleased to be helping more than 650 pupils at Bukulula Mixed Primary School in Kalungu district, Uganda, learn from an improved, acceptable and decent school environment - through renovation of classroom blocks, and construction of an improved sanitation structure.
“We are very excited! It will be very nice to learn from a classroom with windows and a new blackboard” says 10-year-old Pamela. “Most of our children come here really motivated to learn and our enrolment figures have gone high since Assisi Centre introduced free meals to our school. The blocks undergoing renovation will be an excellent additional learning space for our children. Thank you, Rotary!” says Sr. Annet Mary, the school’s head teacher. From the perspective of a parent, we also wish to highlight what this change would mean to the school children. “A new latrine structure was one of our most urgent needs. We constantly worried about the safety of our children because the boy’s pit latrine especially, was in its worst condition. Thank you, Assisi Centre and Rotary, for addressing this concern and for restoring joy to our children.” Robert Kayondo, parent and community leader.
We would like in a very special way to appreciate the support of PP Desmond Woods and Paul Street, plus the entire leadership team at Rotary Club of Canberra and District 9705. We would never have been where we are today without your help. Thank you for assisting us to acquire funds that enable us to create a path to a promising future for many disadvantaged children in Uganda.
Emily Nabakooza
Rotary Peace Fellow Alumna - Class XVI 2018-2019
Master of Peace and Conflict Studies (MPACS)
School of Political Science and International Studies
The University of Queensland, St. Lucia Campus.
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