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 comm...
Jul 7, 2015

Matale Old Students in the Fundraising Action!

For this update, we are pleased to share a note written by a St. Andrews Matale alumni, current Software Engineering student at Makerere University, new Chairman of St. Andrews Matale Old Students and Association, and one of the leaders of the alumni group in their efforts towards contributing to this girls’ dormitory projects:

“It was a pleasure for me to meet [old friends] at Matale over the weekend. I was elected the chairperson of the interim committee of the (old students association]. I am hopeful that with teamwork and collaboration we will achieve our goals.

Our first task is going to be reaching out to as many old students of Matale as we can so that we can build a strong self-sustaining association.

We are glad that we have been given an opportunity to contribute towards "Girl Child Education" as we build a first class hostel for girls at St. Andrew's.  As the old students, we have been tasked to raise 160 million shillings to support the building of that dormitory.

Somebody may feel that this value is too big to be achieved but I am inspired by the fact that a journey of 1000 miles starts with a single step and Nelson Mandela's words "It's never easy until it is done". I have no doubt we will raise this money so that the girls can get to study in a conducive environment and compete favorably with the boys.

As a step to raise that money, we have partnered with the school administration to organize a fundraising dinner. This dinner will be held on 6th August, 2015 at Nabisere Hotel, Kalisizo.

Everyone is invited to join us for the dinner. We are looking forward to having you join us!”

It is this kind of community engagement and leadership from the young people of Matale that has us so enthusiastic about the future of the young people of Matale!  We kindly appreciate your continued support in helping us empower young people like Robert, who in turn are becoming the true champions of their sisters, friends, and someday wives and daughters!

We wish you and your loved ones a lovely summer.  In the meantime, check out some pictures from their gathering.  Additionally, you can follow the St. Andrews Matale alumni activities on their Facebook page below:

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Mar 31, 2015

Update from January visit to Matale

Leading up to St. Andrews
Leading up to St. Andrews

Dear friends,

I hope you are enjoying 2015 thus far and the turn of the seasons as much as I am.  We (Thomas Lwebuga and Noela Nalujjuna) spent the first half of January in Uganda and a significant part of that time in Matale.  During that time, we visited with community leaders, St. Andrews leaders, and former and current students of Matale.  We left thankful to have a community of people there that are true partners to Harambee Centre in this work.  This is because:

a) they share the vision of giving girls a safe place to focus on their education and are excited to build the girls’ dormitory because they value the impact it will bring to the community;

b) they are committed to raising a significant amount of the funds needed – 40%, which is a big deal for this rural community, and;

c) they are impeccably taking care of what is already there, as you will see in the photos attached. 

Shortly after we came back, we received the UCE (Uganda Certificate of Education) results for the class that sat for their Senior 4 exams in 2014.  UCE exams are preparation for the last two years of secondary school or UACE (Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education).  We are pleased to see that the school’s performance continues to improve with each passing year; this was the best performing class since the school’s founding in 1986! 77 students sat for the exams, with 9/77 (12%) passing with a 1st grade, 18/77 (23%) passing with a 2nd grade, 18/77 (23%) passing with a 3rd grade and 27/77 (35%) passing with a 4th grade.  Overall, 94% passed their exams. 

However, as has been the case each year, the girls are still lagging behind the boys.  51 (66%) of the students were girls, however, only 2/9 (22%) of those passing with 1st grades were girls.  They are on the right path, but this indicates what we know, they still need the help. 

As we have said before, it takes leadership and commitment from both sides to keep a vision like this alive.  Equally important, it takes supporters like you who continue to work alongside us by supporting this shared goal and vision of giving the girls of St. Andrews a safe place to focus on their education.  All of us at Harambee Centre and St. Andrews S.S.S Matale are very grateful to you and your continued support of this work.  Enjoy this spring season; may it bring prosperity, health, and continued generosity towards our work and other causes that you feel called to support. 

St. Andrews
St. Andrews' beautiful courtyard
Where the Girls
Where the Girls' Dormitory structure will go up
Science Lab built with your support
Science Lab built with your support
Ass. Head Teacher Madam Judith
Ass. Head Teacher Madam Judith's garden at school
Feb 26, 2015

Naisosion March 2015

Naisosion Project Progress March, 2015

 

Currently there are 13 women who are continuing with their sewing and tailoring businesses.

 

Outcomes:

  • Eight of the beneficiaries earn about $100 per month, enabling them to provide for their families' food clothing, health care, and education for the children.

  • Five of the beneficiaries earn $40-75, depending upon the location of their businesses. This has enabled them to support their siblings in going to school.

  • One girl has begun further studies in collaboration with Tanzania Vocational and Educational Authority and RUCONET

  • Three of the girls have begun evening courses to further their education by using income from their sewing business to cover their tuition.

 

From all of this comes the dissemination and sharing of good practices and information with increases the number ofvulnerable girls asking for support and help from Naisosion and RUCONET.

 

Challenges:

  • Most girls are still working from their verandas. It would be helpful to be able to hire a room for the girls in which to establish their sewing businesses.

  • The program cannot afford, at present, to purchase sewing machines for everyone, so the girls often must hire a machine for a few days to complete their orders.

  • Courses in marketing would be beneficial.

 

 

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