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...
Oct 25, 2013

ZoomUganda Project Report: Fall 2013

Student Enrollment
Student Enrollment

Dear Friends,

Greetings from the girls and community of St. Andrews Senior Secondary School, Matale Uganda.

Term 3: The beginning of fall here in North America kicked off the beginning of school year third team for the students at St. Andrews Matale. The students are working hard to prepare for the end of the school year, which includes year-end exams. These exams determine whether a student is advanced into the next level or not. In December, they will kick-off their Christmas holiday, which is the equivalent of summer break in the American schooling system. 

2013 A-Level Final Exams: 2011’s best student in Rakai district was Robert from Matale. In the last update, we mentioned his stellar performance at the A-Level mock exams, at one of Uganda’s best college prep schools. Robert’s performance in these mock exams which are preparation for the national A-Level exams is a big fit given that he came from Matale, a small back ward rural school.  As we write this, Robert and his classmates are sitting for their final national exams that will mark the end of their high school education career and will mark the beginning of a new one: entering university!  We wish Robert the best of wishes in these exams; he is well on his way of achieving his dream of going to university to study computer science. We ask that you keep Robert and his classmates in your thoughts during this critical time in their development. Without the work that you and many others have done to enable us to support Matale, Robert would not be where he is.   

Sister School Matale Students Fall Visit to USA: As mentioned in our last update, our partners at Southridge High School in Beaverton, Oregon were planning to bring student and staff representatives from Matale, to Oregon for their 3rd cultural exchange. While the trip has been delayed due to visa application process, we continue to be thankful to Southridge students and teachers who tirelessly work on this sister school relationship, regardless of what obstacles come their way! And by the way, Robert Kasumba mentioned above was one of the students who was on the first culture exchange visit to Southridge from Matale. On that trip, Robert’s view of the world was challenged and his place and contribution and what he wants to do were reshaped and he vowed to work towards his dream. This was a trip of a life time for Robert but also an eye opener that continues to influence how this young man makes choices. It goes to show how powerful the work you help us do is. 

Student Enrollment: As of summer 2013, St. Andrews had the following 306 students enrolled, with girls accounting for 55% of total enrollment, which is incredible.  Please see the figure in the photo above for the breakdown of numbers.

Fundraising for the Girls’ Dorm Project: We are working to raise funds and build a girls dormitory to give more girls an opportunity to attend Matale but also to increase their ability to do well in school and go on to have careers and fulfilled lives and families. Currently 55% of the Matale students are girls. When we started this work this number was a lot lower. This is tremendous progress, but getting this girls dorm built will mean the school can aim for 100% of girls in the school staying at school; have a safe facility with a female counselor on the grounds, and focusing on their education. We are continuing fundraising efforts to start the next phase of construction. As of now, we have about $6,000, but still need another $9,000 in order to begin the next phase of the construction.  

We kindly request that you not only continue to include the Girls’ Dorm Project in your 2013 giving, but also help us spread the word about this work; together we can change lives and make an impact that lasts for generations!  DONATE TODAY! by clicking on the Give Now button below.

With gratitude from The ZoomUganda Team,

Thomas Lwebuga     Julie Resnick     Noela Nalujjuna


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Jul 23, 2013

ZoomUganda Project Report: Summer 2013

Girls of Matale
Girls of Matale

Dear Friends,

The girls and community of St. Andrews Senior Secondary School, Matale Uganda wish you a happy summer.

Term 2: The beginning of summer here in North America kicked off with the beginning of term 2 for the students at St. Andrews. 

New Principal: The new principal Mr. Andrew Ssajjabbi is continuing to get up to speed with the school and our work with the young women of this community.

Advanced Levels (A-Levels): The Advanced level section (Senior 5 and 6 – these are the last two years of high school in Uganda) is up and running now; which will give the girls and boys of Matale an opportunity to continue their senior education, in preparation for universities and other tertiary institutions of higher education. 

Before this, Matale only had Ordinary Level (O-Levels) education and meant that students had to apply to other schools after Senior 4 at Matale. Now they can finish their high school at Matale. 

2013 A-Level Mock Exams: 2011’s best student in Rakai district was from Matale. He is continuing to do very well at his A-Level at one of Uganda’s prestigious college-prep schools in Kampala.  He is supported by one of ZoomUganda’s good friends and supporters.  At the A-Level mock exams, which are preparation for the national A-Level exams, he earned 18 points, out of the maximum 20 points.  Robert is well on his way of achieving his dream of going to university to study computer science.  We know this this dream was not possible for a kid from St. Andrews Matale 10 years ago.  Our work there has opened these doors!

Sister School Matale Students Fall Visit to USA: Our partners at Southridge High School in Beaverton, Oregon have continued their generous tradition of a 24-hour student led fast in order to facilitate cross-cultural visiting programs and other development work at Matale.  This fall, Southridge plans to bring student and staff representatives from Matale, Uganda to Oregon for the 3rd exchange of its kind.  We are thankful to Southridge students and teachers who participate in the Sister School Club for this important work!

Fundraising for the Girls’ Dorm Project: We are continuing fundraising efforts to start the next phase of construction of the Girls’ Dorm and will be sharing updates in our reports as we make progress.   

We kindly request that you continue to include the Girls’ Dorm Project in your 2013 giving; because together we can change lives and make an impact that lasts for generations!

Gratitude:  We continue to be filled with gratitude for the opportunities to; serve, connect two communities, make a difference in young girls’ lives, make a difference in the trajectory of young people and the evolution of a community, and most importantly, gratitude for you, our donors and supporters.  You have contributed your time and resources to ZoomUganda and to the Harambee Centre.  We are always thankful to you for being a part of this journey.

DONATE TODAY! by clicking on the Give Now button below. 

Thank you for your support.  Wishing you and your loved ones a fun filled, giving inspired summer!

With gratitude from The ZoomUganda Team,

Thomas Lwebuga     Julie Resnick     Noela Nalujjuna

Basement Phase
Basement Phase

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Apr 17, 2013

ZoomUganda Project Report

Dear Friends,

Happy Spring in the Northern Hemisphere – from the girls and young women of St. Andrews Senior Secondary School, Matale Uganda.

ZoomUganda and the Harambee Centre with the girls of Matale wish you a Happy Spring.  As we celebrate the start of Spring this year, we are filled with gratitude for your help in helping us to serve the community of Matale in their quest to give opportunity to young women. As the school year started in February, the school started off with a new principal – Mr. Andrew Ssajjabbi.  Mr. Ssajjabi replaced Mr. George William Ssozi, who retired to start and run his own primary (elementary) school.

Start of Advanced Levels (A-Levels) Matale!!

Mr. Ssajjabi came in and hit the ground running by starting an Advanced Level at the school. This means now the students of St. Andrews can be able to finish all levels of high school at Matale. In the past, after the students passed O-Level National Exams (Senior 4) they had to go to other schools for the last two years of High School (Senior 5 and 6) or A-Levels before joining university or other higher education options. 

Because you helped us to build a new science laboratory in 2010, Matale is now able to have the A-Level courses, especially in sciences, because they have the facilities. The start of A-Levels is especially important to the girls of Matale. That way, now they the option to stay at the school where they have built friendships and forged ties that can help them to focus on academics and succeed.

2012 Ordinary Level Results.   

In the 2011 results, Matale had the best student in Rakai district. This was a feat!  This student is currently being sponsored by one of ZoomUganda’s good friends for his A-level education at one of Uganda’s leading high schools in Kampala.  He will be sitting for his A-Level National Exams this year with a dream of going to university to study computer science.  We know for this this dream was not possible for a kid from St. Andrews Matale 10 years ago.

The results of 2012 came in incredibly good as well. Matale had six students pass with a First Grade with many of them concentrating in sciences which shows that the laboratory is paying off.  Twenty students passed with a Second Grade, while another twenty five were in the Third Division.  Please see details in the attached results summary document. 

Although this is still a work in progress, the school has made tremendous improvements and strides in academic performance at the Uganda National Certificate of Education Exams.

We kindly request that you include the Girls’ Dorm Project in your 2013 giving, so that together we can change lives and make an impact that lasts for generations!

DONATE TODAY by clicking on the Give Now button!

Thank you for your support.  Wishing you and your loved ones continued prosperity in 2013!

With gratitude,

The ZoomUganda Team,

Thomas Lwebuga,  Julie Resnick,  Noela Nalujjuna


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