In 2008, no child in the village of Bakka had graduated from the 7th grade. By 2010, with the help of our sponsors the first primary-level graduating class of three students went on to high school. In 2016, one of these students was our first high-school graduate, he is now attending his last year of University.
In 2015 the owner of the New Bakka Primary School in Bakka sked 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 360 students, of whom 156 are sponsored by our friends and supporters.
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 to make Kisoboka Academy the best primary school in the area was achieved in 2017.
Small Business Assistance
By making small grants (usually only a few hundred dollars), we have helped people start or expand their small business ventures such as mobile-money services, sausage-making, videography and photography, selling mobile phone accessories, hair and beauty salons, and selling fruits and vegetables. In this way, they are able to have meaningful self-employment and provide for themselves and their families.
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.
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.