Education & Safety for Rural Girls in Uganda

by Harambee Centre
$9,620 Raised
total goal
monthly donors
This project will build a floor for a Girls' Dormitory at St. Andrews Matale Secondary School in Rakai, Southern Uganda. Annually, the dorm will house 300 secondary school girls - some of whom are orphans - and help to create a safer and more nurturing school environment to enhance girls' chances of academic success.


Rakai District in Southern Uganda is the epicenter of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in this country, resulting in large numbers of orphans, including young girls. Many young girls walk 3-6 miles to and from school every day, which poses a safety risk. When they arrive home they typically have many chores to finish before they can settle down to studies, and if chores are finished late, the lack of electricity in most homes poses an additional challenge to finishing homework.


The building of a dormitory on the school campus at St. Andrews S.S.S Matale will reduce the safety risks of walking to and from school, allow young girls the opportunity to focus on their studies and academic success, and cultivate leadership potential in them, which will be beneficial to them, their families and the community. Living in the dorm will give the girls of Matale a chance to compete with students from more privileged families and help set them on a path to success in their lives.

Long-Term Impact

The 300 girls living in the dormitory will study and learn in a safe and nurturing environment, focus on their academic success, improve academic performance, enhance their chances of pursuing higher education, cultivate leadership skills, and ultimately unleash their potential by participating in the economic and civic affairs of the community at large.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Excel file (projdoc.xls).


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Organization Information

Harambee Centre

Location: Portland, Oregon - USA
Project Leader:
Thomas Lwebuga
Board Member
Portland, OR United States