In 2008, no child in Bakka had graduated from the 7th grade. By 2010, the first primary-level graduating class of three students went on to high school. In 2016, one of these students will was our first high-school graduate. We now have 85 students enrolled in high school, and each year the graduating class size is doubling.
In 2015 the owner of the New Bakka Primary School in Bakka asked us to assume management of the school. Sensing an opportunity to create a truly first-class Christian primary school in the region, we acquired the school in early 2016 and have renamed it Kisoboka Academy. Enrollment in the school has rapidly increased to over 400 students, of whom 156 are sponsored by our friends and supporters. The 2017 7th grade class had 43 students 22 of these students were honor student.
We have hired new, qualified teachers. The students are provided uniforms, school supplies, and lunches. We are now in the process of making significant improvements to the school facility. Our goal is to make Kisoboka Academy the best primary school in the area, has been achieved.
We are also providing ongoing operational support to Shalom Restoration Academy, a Christian primary school in Mukono that was started in 2014 by our board member Stephen Kakaira and members of his family. The mission of SRA is to provide a high-quality education that will help students develop their God-given potential, and to instill in them an appreciation for virtue, integrity, and discipline. In this way, SRA hopes to break the cycle of ignorance and poverty and raise up a new generation of community leaders.
When it opened in September 2014, Shalom Restoration Academy had 30 students, most of whom were needy, orphaned, and previously unable to attend school due to financial and other challenges. SRA has expanded quickly and outgrown its current, rented facility. So we have begun building a new, first-class facility on land donated by Stephen’s family for this purpose. This will take time and resources, but we believe that with patience, perseverance, and faithfulness it is possible – KISOBOKA!
Educational and Vocational Sponsorships
One of our main activities has been helping young people stay in – or return to – school. We have done this by providing financial assistance – scholarships – so that they are able to pay their school fees and related expenses such as transportation and study materials. The Ugandan people are eager for educational opportunities, and having an education opens doors of opportunity that can make an enormous difference in one’s quality of life. Working closely with our representatives in Uganda, we attempt to maximize our resources by tailoring each person’s educational program to his or her circumstances and interests. Some have pursued traditional university degrees and diplomas; others are in vocational programs where they are learning practical skills that will help them obtain employment in their chosen field.
Did you know that for as little as $500 you can sponsor a student for an entire semester of college in Uganda? And vocational programs typically cost even less.
Small Business Assistance
For many people in Uganda, especially those living in a small, remote village like Bakka, meeting even the most basic necessities of life can be a tremendous challenge. We provide support to the community, as well as to several families and individuals, so that they will have access to clean drinking water, medical care, mosquito nets, shelter, and food. We have also worked to protect young women from sexual exploitation.
In 2013 we started providing medical care to all of the students and their families, at an average monthly cost of $500. Each month twelve families suffering from a variety of illnesses, including TB, HIV, cerebral palsy, and epilepsy, are provided extensive medical care and food.
Very generous donors have provided eight bore holes for the village and set up several small businesses, including hair salons, produce stands, and tailoring businesses. We have provided goats for 42 families; 192 families received hogs, and one family received a cow.