In rural Uganda, just 1 in 10 children enter and finish primary school. AAH is changing that. 100% of our students pass national exams with top scores and go on to top secondary schools. Half of our 350 primary students are girls; half of our 260 secondary scholarship recipients-including top students from nearby public schools-are girls. We rely on sponsors to support their education, but 60 children have none. This project will ensure they continue to have access to free, quality education.
Families in rural Eastern Uganda struggle to survive and find it more valuable to have their children work in the fields-or their young girls to marry-than attend rundown, over-crowed public schools. When children do attend these schools, they have little hope for real learning. We've demonstrated that these kids can excel when given the right tools. Our model school-and assistance to public schools-have made AAH a beacon of hope for more than 50,000 children in a remote, under-served region.
When children are sick or hungry they cannot learn. They can't learn without textbooks and well-trained teachers. They can't learn if they're tending fields. AAH provides free healthcare, a hot lunch everyday, teacher training for AAH (and public school) teachers, and uniforms,books and school supplies so children can learn. We engage parents/guardians to change thinking about the value of education. We cover secondary students' tuition, uniforms, healthcare, books, room/board and travel home.
With approximately 50 new primary students enrolling at our school each year, we expect the multiplier effect to have a significant impact in this underserved region. As our 600+ kids complete their education, they can give back to their communities, which motivates many children to learn. Some want to become doctors, others want to teach; as they succeed, others will benefit. By providing jobs and buying locally when possible, we are also helping villages become self-sustaining.
"I have been at [AAH] for five years now...I don't know how I can thank it...[AAH] has contributed a lot to my reading ability and speech...[this] does not benefit me alone but the whole community." - Godfrey Natseli, AAH student, 7th grade, future neurosurgeon
Total Funding Received to Date: $7,360
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $33,440
Total Funding Goal: $40,800
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).