Global Giving Project Report, 14 May 2012
Give Education to 135 Vulnerable Ugandan Children
Dear CHEDRA and Bugabira School supporters,
CHEDRA, Bugabira School and I would like to thank all of you for your generous support throughout the April 2012 Global Giving Open Challenge campaign. We successfully completed the Open Challenge, raising US$5,235 from 70 individual donors, far exceeding our original expectations. CHEDRA now has a permanent profile on the Global Giving site, which means that Global Giving will be connecting CHEDRA with potential donors from all over the world. This exposure will be a great asset for the organization as it seeks to expand its funding base and therefore the scope of its projects, all of which aim to tackle the root causes of HIV infection. CHEDRA will continue working with Bugabira School in order to provide affordable, quality education to vulnerable children, therefore reducing the likelihood that they will contract the virus out of ignorance or unsafe, poverty-driven lifestyle choices. It is a top priority of CHEDRA to improve the resources of the school and fund free school places for the neediest children.
Use of the GlobalGiving Funds
All of the money raised will ultimately go towards providing free school places at Bugabira School. Several options are however available to CHEDRA and Bugabira School about how this is to be done. After a series of meetings between Kigozi Moses (CHEDRA Executive Director and Project Manager), Kizza Rebecca (the Headmistress of Bugabira School), Tom Tisay (CHEDRA Monitoring and Evaluation Officer) and myself, it was decided that the money would be divided between the following initiatives;
The chicken house will operate as an income-generation project, providing a continuous source of funding for free school places. Some of the eggs will also be included in the meals prepared for students at Bugabira School, therefore increasing the children’s protein intake. Many students currently suffer from malnutrition and struggle to concentrate for the entire school day. Sources of protein available in Masaka(chicken, beef, milk and eggs) are expensive and therefore play a meager part in the average family’s diet.
The cow, which has been named Suubi (meaning ‘hope’ in Luganda) arrived in a custom-designed cow house in early May 2012. She is 7 months pregnant and will start producing milk when she gives birth in July 2012.As with the chicken house, the profits from milk sales will go towards financing free school places, with some milk also being consumed by the Bugabira School student population.
All of the students receiving scholarships have been identified as particularly vulnerable by the village development committees of Bugabira, Kyali and Kyauglo. The students are split between the nursery classes (21 children), Grades 1-3, (12 students) and Grades 4 and 5 (6 students). All of the students in Grades 5 and 6 are receiving scholarships for places in the Bugabira School boarding school, which will be opened in late May 2012. Attending the boarding school will eliminate the time usually spent traveling and doing household chores and therefore give students a greater chance to concentrate on their school work.
CHEDRA is a small organization which encounters many short-term financial needs. It was therefore decided that the Global Giving money should be used for its explicit purpose – the financing of free Bugabira School places – as soon as possible, eliminating the risk that the money is put towards another legitimate but unrelated cause. Short-term scholarships for a large number of children were therefore deemed to be the best option, as opposed to long-term sponsorship for a few. The chosen children will continue to receive school fee support as CHEDRA identifies new funding sources.
In Masaka, it is common practice to turn away from school those students who are behind on their fee payments. In many cases this is a practical necessity as fees are needed to pay teachers, who commonly walk away on schools which expect them to continue teaching large classes unpaid. Bugabira School has a commitment to never turn away students from class and will use the Emergency Fund to provide short-term relief to needy children.
Thank you again for your donations to the Global Giving campaign. If you have any questions about the use of the funds, please contact me (email@example.com) or Kigozi Moses (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Bethany Edgoose (CHEDRA intern and Global Giving Campaign Manager) and Kigozi Moses (CHEDRA Executive Director and Project Manager)
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