Updates from Uganda – August 2022 Newsletter
A Note from Carol and Jeanne
With back-to-school in full swing at home, we’re excited to update you on the 600 sponsored students across the Kamukama Foundation’s 13 partner schools – who are all receiving a quality education because of your support.
When we visited Uganda this February, we were able to register 50 more students to be sponsored. Uganda is a country with no public education system, meaning that students who cannot pay school fees or find sponsorship opportunities cannot attend school. Families – who had each been interviewed and selected by our team of social workers – came from miles around in their Sunday best to be registered to enroll in one of our partner schools.
Since starting the Kamukama Foundation, our mission has been to provide sponsored students with a high quality education. Over the past 10 years, we’ve scaled to support 600 students across 13 schools, but haven’t lost sight of that mission: to help one child at a time through the gift of an education.
God has led us every step of the way in this journey, as we’ve added members to our team, launched additional programs like Project Harvest, and expanded our sponsorship footprint. We believe that there’s never been a more important time for this work than today, when the effects of Covid-19 continue to be felt worldwide. This is especially true in countries like Uganda, where access to quality education was already a challenge pre-pandemic.
According to the World Bank’s Human Capital Project 2020, a child born in Uganda today is likely to be 38% as productive when she grows up as she could be if she enjoyed complete education and full health. A Ugandan child who starts school at age 4 is only expected to complete 6.8 years of school by their 18th birthday. Actual years of learning are estimated to be closer to 4.3 years, with 2.5 years considered “wasted” due to poor quality of education.
Because of the commitment of our staff and the generosity of people like you, we can fight these statistics and help provide sponsored students with a high quality education. Vincent Omedo, the Foundation’s educational consultant, has been working with our teachers on improving the curriculum and training on modern teaching techniques. We also recently started clubs at Ebenezer School, which provide enrichment opportunities beyond the core curriculum. We hope to continue to expand the number of students sponsored and to pass learnings from these programs on to other local schools in the area.
We feel optimistic about the work we can continue to do in these communities, because of your support. Thank you for blessing the Kamukama Foundation with your time, talents, and treasures.
Carol & Jeanne