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Apr 5, 2019

Meet Travis, age 5.

 

Meet Travis – he is 5 years old and is among the pioneer leaners here at Kathy’s Kindergarten.

Travis is a bright young learner and makes us feel proud of him as teachers, but another interesting factor is, he is the only boy in his age group.  The other 7 children in his group are female, a fact that we are delighted about as girl’s education is not normally a high priority for our community.

Travis is the first born, only child, living under the care of his mother in Mayuge town.  Travis’s father works away from home.

“I feel Kathy’s Kindergarten is playing a very great role in shaping my child’s personality at this early age of his childhood, as well as building his foundation towards a bright future through the education that he is acquiring.” said Travis’s mother, Prosy.

Not only does his mother feel grateful and excited about of what she sees in Travis, but she applauds the Kindergarten for being child-centred.  “This has greatly encouraged our son’s participation, creativity, self-esteem and general well-being.”

Prosy further notes that before Travis joined Kathy’s Kindergarten, he had very low self-esteem. She is thankful that the all-round curriculum being offered at Kathy’s Kindergarten, has shaped him to what he is now, “a confident, curious and enthusiastic learner”.

“We feel so overjoyed as parents to Travis for these great mile stones and excited that, later this year, Travis will be graduating to primary school. We shall greatly miss Kathy’s Kindergarten and Travis’s teachers and peers. Thank you for giving our son a brighter future through this unique early education."

Help us develop more bright minds and brighter futures for Mayuge's children by making a monthly donation to our project. £25 a month pays for one child's education at Kathy's Centre.   

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Jan 10, 2019

Help to Grow a Girl

Fedelis (16) is one of 65,000 Ugandan girls whom Act4Africa aims to provide with a brighter future through Global Giving.  These are her words.

"I count myself privileged and lucky to be in school, as otherwise, I would have already been married off at an early age. I live near a fishing community where fishing is the source of livelihood for nearly every family, and early marriages are such a common norm.

"Coming from a large family of seven and being the eldest girl, much as my father cited financial reasons for my being out of school, girls are rarely a priority in most families for educational opportunities. 

"As I reached my teenage years, the temptations of being lured into early marriage were high due to forces in the environment surrounding my community. Besides having been married off at an early age, perhaps I would have been infected with HIV as, there are very high rates of HIV infection around the itinerant fishing community.

"The stigma and ridicule from my fellow peers of the fact that I was not in school and the many advances from the fishermen tempted me to leave my community against my wish and plan.  Then one day, Act4Africa came to my village and mobilized a group of girls and young women to form a savings and enterprise group.  As a group we set up a pig farm and began saving money into a joint bank account, arranged with help from Act4Africa.

"Over the next couple of years I became an active member of the group and was proud to become Act4Africa’s youngest Community Mentor.  I am very fortunate that Act4Africa recognized my potential to become a young leader and I am so grateful to have been chosen to join Act4Africa’s Grow A Girl programme.  Thanks to overseas sponsors I am now privileged to be in school.  This is a life changing experience that is driving my future aspirations.  I now hope to become a nurse.  

"None of this would have happened if it weren’t for supporters of Act4Africa through Global Giving.  Your  donations help support the talented and supportive Ugandan team of mentors, trainers and advisors, for whose efforts I am truly grateful – with your support, Act4Africa has made me the person I am today.

"My heartfelt thanks to you!"

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Jan 8, 2019

Chosen - 'one of a kind' thanks to your support

Chosen, a pupil at Kathy's Kindergarten, Mayuge
Chosen, a pupil at Kathy's Kindergarten, Mayuge

Meet Chosen, aged 4 in middle class, from a disadvantaged family living in Mayuge.  At Kathy's Kindergarten she is developing against the odds.  Her background in some way affected her esteem - yet since joining Kathy's Kindergarten she has become one of the most outstanding learners in class.  She owes this to your support of the unique school environment; class facilities and teachers.  Among many other things, these have greatly facilitated her in becoming 'one of a kind', that she is at present.

Her ever glowing smiles amidst the poverty at home, her imaginative skills and class performance to mention but a few are a testament of a transformation and difference that your support has to lives of children like Chosen.

In the rural community of Mayuge, where 80% of local people live on less than a dollar a day, affordable, quality education is a highly prized gift that majority parents in this community desire for their economically disadvantaged children to partake of.

It’s premised on such meagre backgrounds, that Kathy's Kindergarten is making such a difference in lives of children like Chosen.  She is fortunate that both her parents are alive - but they can hardly afford or have the ability to offer a quality education.

To Chosen, being at Kathy's Kindergarten is an early life experience that is powerfully impacting her life, her attitudes toward learning and later achievements in education.  To financially incapable parents and carers, opportunities for quality education like that being offered at Kathy's Centre, come once in life time, and once   they come, they are seized with arms wide open.

We thank you for bringing this opportunity to the disadvantaged children of Mayuge.

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