For nearly 10 years, The African SOUP has been improving the wellbeing of its students and the community through transformative learner-centered education, income-generating activities, and early interventions addressing malnutrition and preventable disease including HIV/AIDS. To expand and improve our supportive services, we must repair three classroom floors and renovate our students' boarding facility to increase safety and ensure students feel at home in our care.
Before The SOUP was founded in 2010, hundreds of malnourished children had no access to a school within walking distance of their homes in the rural village of Nabikabala in eastern Uganda. With the majority of our students' families living on less than $2/day and many other students orphaned from HIV/AIDS, war, or disease, educational and economic opportunities were severely limited. Moreover, children struggled to meet developmental milestones due to lack of healthcare and nutrition.
Our school serves as an environmentally sustainable community hub, providing quality education, nutritious meals, healthcare, and emotional support to 430 students and 50 families annually. Solar panels electrify the campus and a biogas latrine harnesses methane gas for crop fertilization and cooking in our outdoor kitchen. Our demonstration garden teaches students farming skills while providing supplementary fruits and vegetables to students and families to eat and replant in community gardens.
This project will give 430 students access to high quality education, provide graduating students with the opportunity to continue on to secondary school, and improve the health outcomes of 50 families each year. By investing in the community holistically, children will develop in a healthy, eco-friendly environment and ultimately enter the workforce equipped to pursue a range of opportunities that will generate wealth and prosperity for their families, community, and future generations.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
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