Tender Talents Magnet School in Kampala, Uganda educates children from disadvantaged backgrounds, offering them secondary school education and housing in a country where publicly funded education ends at grade VII. Our project seeks to repair the water supply and dormitory damaged in a recent storm. A majority of the students are required to live at the school because they come from all over the country. Lack of clean water exposes over 300 children to water born diseases.
This past year a storm hit Tender Talents Magnet School, a non profit organization in Kampala, Uganda that provides secondary education to 300 students. The storm destroyed one of the dormitories and the runoff polluted the fresh water supply. They have been forced to connect to another water supplier, but the costs are more than their budget can handle, and there are no extra funds to rebuild the dormitory. Unless they get relief soon, the school could close.
The first step to helping Tender Talents Magnet School is to rebuild the fresh water supply. This will allow them to finish out the year without going into debt. The next step is to rebuild the damaged dormitory to relieve overcrowding in the undamaged dorm. This overcrowding is so sever that there is a concern that student will not return for the next term. Without the ability to live at the school, many of the students would not be able to finish their secondary education.
Since 1997, Uganda has offered free primary education, but less than 25 percent of students go on to enroll in secondary school because it is too expensive (http://education.stateuniversity.com/pages/1585/Uganda-EDUCATIONAL-SYSTEM-OVERVIEW.html). The reconstruction of the school will give children in Uganda a place to finish out their education. This education will better their lives and improve Uganda's future.
Description of Ugandan education system