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...
Jan 8, 2013

Starting off 2013 with GRATITUDE!

Matale Girls
Matale Girls

Dear Friends,

Happy New Year from ZoomUganda, and the girls and young women of Matale Uganda that you've helped over the years!

 As we celebrate the start of a new year, we are filled with gratitude; for the opportunity to serve, to connect two communities, to make a difference in young girls’ lives, and most importantly, gratitude for you, our donors and supporters.  You have contributed your time and resources to ZoomUganda and to the Harambee Centre.  Even though we are small and volunteer driven, it is the strength in our collective numbers and desire to make a difference in the lives of young girls that has sustained this work.  THANK YOU for being a part of this journey. 

Walking to school every day seems like an easy thing to do. And, graduating  from secondary school seems like it's not that difficult.    But in many rural areas in Africa including Matale, girls often fall victim to abuse by men on their way to and from school.  And, domestic chores like fetching water and tending after the family's livestock or fields are often the responsibility of girls and given higher priority than doing homework or attending school.

That's why the Harambee Centre is helping St. Andrews Matale Senior Secondary School in Matale, Uganda build a girls dormitory.  The Harambee Centre believes that supporting education for girls will improve the lives of children and families for generations to come.  And, that's because mothers with a secondary school education are more likely to have healthier families, higher incomes, and send their children to school.    

You can make it easier for girls to attend school.  You can change the lives of children and families for generations to come.  Your gift today will help give girls, in Matale an opportunity to have a better future.

In our last update, we shared photos from the ground breaking of the Girls’ Dorm construction.  We are still fundraising to start the next phase of construction and will be sharing updates in our reports as we make progress. 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 a happy and prosperous New Year, 2013!

With gratitude,

The ZoomUganda Team,

Thomas Lwebuga     Julie Resnick     Noela Nalujjuna

Oct 8, 2012

Matale S.S.S + Girls Dormitory Update

Specioza Naliggo
Specioza Naliggo

After the original work that focused on remodeling the classrooms, constructing a science lab and equipping it (2002-2009), Matale Senior Secondary School is in better shape. Some key highlights are;

  • A new principal, Mr. George Ssozi with a success track record, innovation and leadership too helm in 2011.
  • A new board of governors, including women in the community was appointed in November 2011.  They oversee the governance and accountability of the schoool.
  • Educational performance is improving at the school, as measured by performance in Uganda's O'level national exams.  For the first time in its history, Matale produced the best honors student in Rakai district.
  • Four new science teachers have been hired, resulting in better performance in sciece subjects as mentioned above.
  • Student enrollment increased from 320 students in 2010 to 420 students in 2011, a 31% increase.
  • The number of girl students enrolled grew from 150 in 2010 to 220 in 2011. This is in target of the 300 girls we hope the Girls' Dormitory will serve when completed.
  • Specioza Naliggo, one of the students who came on the first 2009 cultural exchange between Matale and Southridge high school was the top girl student at St. Andrews Senior Secondary School Matale in the 2011 O'Level exams.  Currently, Specioza is pursuing her A’Level education at an all-girls senior secondary school, St. Theresa Bwanda, located in neighboring Masaka distrit.  Last time we talked, Specioza wanted to study to become a nurse.

With that, we still have a long way to go.  However, we believe that the same hardwork that is starting to produce results at Matale since the construction of the Science Lab will translate into results with the Girls' Dorm. 

THANK YOU our donors for continuing to believe in this work with us. With your help, together we are making a difference in the lives of young girls and boys, and changing the trajectory of a whole community.  That is big!

Science Labaratory Block
Science Labaratory Block
Students Performing a Science Lab Experiment
Students Performing a Science Lab Experiment
Students Perform a Science Experiment
Students Perform a Science Experiment
Girls
Girls' Dorm Site and Construction Underway
Jun 28, 2012

ZoomUganda Matale Girls' Dormitory - Project Update

In April 2012, the Harambee Centre wired $12,000 to St. Andrews, which enabled the school community to break ground on the new girls dormitory

• The photos (in the pdf) show the leveling of the ground and the start of the Matale girl’s dormitory building foundation and the Matale-Southridge cultural exchange during winter 2012.

• Supporters on both the U.S side and Matale side were over joyed with the start of this project.

• Our major challenge is that the funds we had on hand could only do so much. The community informed us there is a chance that the rainy season may impact the progress of the work done thus far.

• We appeal to you our donors, to help us generously in order to keep this work going.

• We hope you enjoy the photos of this work we are doing together!

Thank you!


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