Harambee Centre

Harambee Centre's mission is to connect the people of the Pacific Northwest with the people and cultures of Africa for the good of the global community. Our vision is to pull people together based on mutual understanding and respect and to create enduring relationships among diverse peoples. Our goals are: a) to inform, educate and enlighten people of our community about the cultures and realities of the vast and varied societies of Africa; b) to build bonds of understanding, respect, and mutually beneficial relationships between people in the Pacific Northwest and people in Africa; and c) to support self-help projects in African communities by generating funds from resources in our communit...
Mar 31, 2015

Update from January visit to Matale

Leading up to St. Andrews
Leading up to St. Andrews

Dear friends,

I hope you are enjoying 2015 thus far and the turn of the seasons as much as I am.  We (Thomas Lwebuga and Noela Nalujjuna) spent the first half of January in Uganda and a significant part of that time in Matale.  During that time, we visited with community leaders, St. Andrews leaders, and former and current students of Matale.  We left thankful to have a community of people there that are true partners to Harambee Centre in this work.  This is because:

a) they share the vision of giving girls a safe place to focus on their education and are excited to build the girls’ dormitory because they value the impact it will bring to the community;

b) they are committed to raising a significant amount of the funds needed – 40%, which is a big deal for this rural community, and;

c) they are impeccably taking care of what is already there, as you will see in the photos attached. 

Shortly after we came back, we received the UCE (Uganda Certificate of Education) results for the class that sat for their Senior 4 exams in 2014.  UCE exams are preparation for the last two years of secondary school or UACE (Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education).  We are pleased to see that the school’s performance continues to improve with each passing year; this was the best performing class since the school’s founding in 1986! 77 students sat for the exams, with 9/77 (12%) passing with a 1st grade, 18/77 (23%) passing with a 2nd grade, 18/77 (23%) passing with a 3rd grade and 27/77 (35%) passing with a 4th grade.  Overall, 94% passed their exams. 

However, as has been the case each year, the girls are still lagging behind the boys.  51 (66%) of the students were girls, however, only 2/9 (22%) of those passing with 1st grades were girls.  They are on the right path, but this indicates what we know, they still need the help. 

As we have said before, it takes leadership and commitment from both sides to keep a vision like this alive.  Equally important, it takes supporters like you who continue to work alongside us by supporting this shared goal and vision of giving the girls of St. Andrews a safe place to focus on their education.  All of us at Harambee Centre and St. Andrews S.S.S Matale are very grateful to you and your continued support of this work.  Enjoy this spring season; may it bring prosperity, health, and continued generosity towards our work and other causes that you feel called to support. 

St. Andrews
St. Andrews' beautiful courtyard
Where the Girls
Where the Girls' Dormitory structure will go up
Science Lab built with your support
Science Lab built with your support
Ass. Head Teacher Madam Judith
Ass. Head Teacher Madam Judith's garden at school
Feb 26, 2015

Naisosion March 2015

Naisosion Project Progress March, 2015

 

Currently there are 13 women who are continuing with their sewing and tailoring businesses.

 

Outcomes:

  • Eight of the beneficiaries earn about $100 per month, enabling them to provide for their families' food clothing, health care, and education for the children.

  • Five of the beneficiaries earn $40-75, depending upon the location of their businesses. This has enabled them to support their siblings in going to school.

  • One girl has begun further studies in collaboration with Tanzania Vocational and Educational Authority and RUCONET

  • Three of the girls have begun evening courses to further their education by using income from their sewing business to cover their tuition.

 

From all of this comes the dissemination and sharing of good practices and information with increases the number ofvulnerable girls asking for support and help from Naisosion and RUCONET.

 

Challenges:

  • Most girls are still working from their verandas. It would be helpful to be able to hire a room for the girls in which to establish their sewing businesses.

  • The program cannot afford, at present, to purchase sewing machines for everyone, so the girls often must hire a machine for a few days to complete their orders.

  • Courses in marketing would be beneficial.

 

Dec 30, 2014

New Year and New Beginnings!

Dear friend:

We are beginning a wonderful time of year – the beginning of 2015!  New month, new year, new beginnings.  New beginnings present a good time to reflect on accomplishments and set new goals.  For our project, we reflect and are thankful for the nearly $30,000 raised in 2014, which has given us great momentum to build on in 2015. In 2015, our goal is to start the second phase of construction on the girls' dormitory, which will put us closer to giving the girls of St. Andrews S.S.S Matale a safe place to learn and focus on their education.  We cannot wait to share that progress with you.

We are also happy to report that the students of St. Andrews have started their own Facebook page and are regularly posting happenings at the school.  Click on the link to see pictures and check back often to see updates from the students themselves:  https://www.facebook.com/www.matale.co.ug

As you kick off 2015, please consider continuing to support this project at any level you can to make safety and education possible for the girls of Matale.  Alternatively, please help us spread the word to your community; we know there is power in numbers and power in personal connections.  We thank you for your support and generosity, because we need you and the girls of Matale need you.

Wishing you and your loved ones the very best in the New Year!

ZoomUganda and Harambee Centre teams.

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