A worthwhile walk for the kids
With a tree shade for a roof, 503 Ugandan kids had been showing up every day rain or shine to attend Ngora Okoboi Primary School. A collapsing classroom roof was not holding them back. Inspired by their determination, Shashamane Sunrise started a grassroots fundraising drive that raised $6,800 minus GG administrative fees.
During this first phase of the roof renovation we demolished the collapsing roof, rebuilt the ring beam for four classrooms, put up roof trusses and installed weather proof iron sheets on two of the four classrooms.
For Phase II of the construction work we will install iron sheets on the two additional classrooms that have had their substructure repaired and the roof trusses installed. We will also install permanent gable end to protect the installed roof from being carried away during a storm.
To date we have spent USD $5512 on the first phase of the project. The total expenditure also included UGX Sh 150,000 (USD$61) from the Ngora Mission and UGX Sh 210,200 (USD$85) from the Parents Teachers Association.
After the completion of Phase I, Irene Omaswa, a Shashamane Uganda team member, organized a Charity Walk in London to raise money for Phase II of the construction work. She reached out to many of you through Facebook, phone calls, text messages and emails and you responded every single day leading up to the day of the charity walk. On July 8th, she walked 17.2km/10.8 miles from Richmond to West Hampstead in North London, UK. Through these efforts we raised USD$2,200 which will be used to fund Phase II of the project. Our goal is to have Phase II of the project completed during the summer recess so the classrooms can be ready for the start of the new school term.
As usual, we’ll keep you posted on the progress we make. To see pictures from the Walk please visit our Our Website or our Facebook Page.
The Financial Report for Phase I of the project is now available as an attachment to this report and on our website.
Thank you for your contributions and please continue to donate or enlist a friend of yours. Visit: Global Giving to donate online. Our UK donors may also donate through the Global Giving UK Portal.
Please also check out our Shashamane Channel for video updates. Watch it here.
From studying under exposed elements to attending school in 2 roofed classrooms, your contributions have made a huge difference to 503 children at Ngora Okoboi Primary School. Had it not been for your donations, the children would have stopped school for a few months. Because the roof of their classroom was rotting, they were studying under a tree and the pending seasonal rains would have completely disrupted their classes. The school administration informed us that the roof needed to be fixed urgently and so we devoted all the money you contributed to replace the roof.
Phase I of our infrastructure project focused on replacing the rotting roof on 4 of the 6 classrooms on the six block classroom and administration building. The project got started in March, 2011 and to date we have demolished the rotting roof, built a ring beam around the brick structure to support the new roof trusses, constructed and installed new roof trusses on four classrooms and installed weather resistant iron sheet roofing on two of those classrooms.
DATE INCOME DISBURSEMENTS FEES BALANCE SOURCE DESCRIPTION
25-Feb $4,642 $4,642 GG Donor Challenge Nov-Dec 2010
04-Mar $327 $4,969 GG
09-Mar -$452 -$25 $4,517 PhaseI - Pmt 1 Demolish old roof / Remove debris
12-Apr -$1,131 -$80 $3,386 PhaseI - Pmt 2 Build new ring beam
04-Apr -$999 -$30 $2,387 PhaseI - Pmt 3 Build new trusses
06-Apr $525 $2,912 GG
29-Apr -$2,443 -$45 $469 PhaseI - Pmt 4 Iron sheets for 2 classrooms
The urgency of the situation and the impact of your contribution was emphasized by the fact that the students and teachers immediately occupied the roofed structures even as the repairs on the walls and windows are still pending.
Thank you for your contributions and please continue to donate or enlist a friend of yours. Visit: Global Giving to donate online. Our UK donors may also donate through the Global Giving UK Portal. Please also support our Shash supporter’s efforts during the Charity Walk in London, July 8, 2011. More details can be found on our Facebook Page or Our Website. As of this post the total donations raised is USD$6870 (minus global giving fees).
Together we’ve started the journey and just so that you can see the progress and share in our excitement we took some pictures and made a video. Watch it here.
Inspired by 503 students who brave rain and the scorching heat to attend class under exposed elements because of a falling roof, Shashamane Sunrise joined the Global Giving Open Challenge to raise money for the re-construction of Ngora Okoboi Primary School. This is the school in Ngora, Uganda that these children attend.
Thanks to your contributions, we met our open challenge and raised nearly $6,000 (minus Global Giving administration fees) towards our $25,000 target.
In mid-February, Global Giving disbursed the funds to Shashamane Sunrise. Our first priority is to replace the roof. Thankfully, the construction will begin before the rainy season, which means that by the time the rains start, the children will be sitting nice and dry in roofed classrooms.
You did it! We are excited for the children and we will share updates and pictures with you as the work progresses until the project is completed. We have attached a timeline to our report, just so that you can follow the progress of the construction.
We are breaking up the construction in two phases. The first phase will enable us to roof half of the block. The timeline you see is for the construction of the first phase. The construction will start by mid- March and is scheduled to last for 2-3 months. We hope to reach our initial fundraising target for the roof which is $7,500. However, additional re-construction of the substructure is needed for the proper installation of part of the roof. This includes casting of the ring beam and building of the roofing courses and gable walls to support the new roof. This additional work will bring the total to $12,800.
We've only just begun, so please share our story with your friends, if your employer gives matching funds for employee donations, please share our story with your employer. This is another way to help the children.
Ngora Okoboi Primary School and Shashamane Sunrise thank you for your continued help.
Shashamane Uganda Team
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