Give Early Education & Hope to Ugandan Children

by Act4Africa
Give Early Education & Hope to Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to Ugandan Children

We love the power of GlobalGiving to connect people from around the world to support projects near and dear to their hearts.

In February Edison Middle School in Wheaton, IL contacted Act4Africa after reading about Kathy's Kindergarten on GlobalGiving. Moved with compassion for the children of rural Uganda, two students from Edison Middle School ran a Penny War fundraiser, collecting over $1,600 in donations! We at Act4Africa are so overjoyed to have been supported in this way. The money has been sent to Kathy's Kindergarten, where the locally-based staff have purchased 30 chairs and 8 tables for the young pupils to sit at during meal times. The funds will also cover the salary for one new teacher for an entire year! In the near future, the team will be purchasing more tables and chairs to use within the classrooms. These may sound like small improvements, but in rural Uganda donations like this can make a huge impact. Children who attend Kathy's Kindergarten are prepared for primary school, they enter formal education ready to learn, with confidence and curiosity. With this foundation, their education takes flight and they can reach their dreams. With this donation from Edison Middle School, the pupils at Kathy's Kindergarten will be even better supported in their learning and development.

From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU!

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Kathy's Kindergarten has reopened and our lead teacher Jennifer would love to tell you all about the joys and challenges that brings. Please see the video using the link below.

Jennifer says "Its been really, really long but we have finally come back to school! For this year, the turn-up have been really really good. I would say it is overwhelming because we have received a higher number [of pupils] than we have ever had before, and for that reason we are having a few challenges here and there. Besides the high number, they have grown! The little ones are not so little anymore! It's been two years and they have not been in school. But the beauty about it is that their minds have also grown, so it's not giving us a hard time to teach them. They pick up very fast and it's easy for us to teach them. It is challenging because they are not used to the school environment, [during lock down] they were just used to being at home and not learning, just eating food and eating food, and playing. But here we set them in an environment for learning, and learning through play, and they are adjusting to that. Anyway they have come back and they still love us, and we will overcome our challenges together."

Thank you so much for continuing to support our work to provide high-quality early years education to children in Uganda!

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Kathy's Kindergarten January 2022
Kathy's Kindergarten January 2022

Uganda's schools finally reopened on Monday, January 10th, 2022, following a nearly two-year closure — the world's longest school closure. At Act4Africa, we are all breathing a sigh of relief! After the first cases of covid were registered in Uganda in 2020, the government quickly implemented a school closure affecting over 10.4 million students. It has been reported that many schools around the country have permanently closed due to lack of funding during the period of closure; many teachers have chosen to leave the profession and pursue buiness opportunities instead. Admidst this sad situation, Kathy's Kindergarten remains a safe haven for yougsters in Mayuge, We are now more determined than ever to do our part to rebuild the education sector and ensure the best start in life for our young pupils.

Kathy's Kindergarten, an Act4Africa school in Mayuge District, Eastern Uganda, has 3 classes – infants (age 3+), middle class (age 4+), and top class (age 5+). Children generally progress to primary school aged 6 or 7. After finally reopening following such a long period of school closures, we have been overwhelmed by the number of new students who have expressed an interest in enrolling in the infant class. The school, which previously had 45 students in total, has expanded to meet the need. We have enrolled 40 students in only the baby class, 13 in the middle class, and 15 in the top class, for a total of 68 students! Further expansion is under discussion as so many families are eager to enrol their children at our Kindergarten.

Returning to school and meeting new and old acquaintances has elicited enthusiasm and excitement from pupils. They believe they have matured, as Hannah*, a middle-class girl, stated. She went on to say that she missed Kathy's kindergarten teachers and friends and that she is delighted to see them again now that the learning centre has opened. Molly*, a student in the Top class, was overheard speaking with a classmate, questioning if she could still remember her after such a long time.

The headteacher, Jennifer Akullu, stated that some pupils were displaying challenging behaviour, they are finding it somewhat tricky to settle into the school environment after all the upheaval of the pandemic. "The new ones in infant class have grown up; we used to admit those who were three years old, but due to the lockdown, the majority of them are four years old or older." She went on to say that this is beneficial since their brains have developed to speed up learning processes, and the class is extremely engaging. All pupils at Kathy's Kindergarten are treated with kindness and respect, and with time we anticipate they will settle in well.

Parents, particularly those with children at Kathy's centre, have cheered the reopening of schools. This was evident on the first day of school when many parents flocked to the school in huge numbers in the hopes of finding a spot for their children. Parents have given Kathy's centre favourable comments in the three weeks after it reopened, citing the students' rapid development in their learning. Kelly's* father stated that he is overjoyed after discovering that his youngster can count numbers and has gained numerous friends in just three weeks because he was a lonely kid during the period when schools were forced to close.

Thank you so much for continuing to support Kathy’s Kindergarten!!!

*Children's names have been changes for safeguarding purposes

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20th Anniversary
20th Anniversary

Act4Africa is celebrating our 20th Year in November, and you are invited to celebrate with us! 

We would like to personally invite you to our virtual celebration on Saturday 20th November at 12pm GMT via Zoom. Our 20th celebration with a virtual tour of Uganda, will bring our community from across the world together to reflect and celebrate all we have achieved. We are excited to bring you something a little different this year, and we hope that you can join us. 

Through your generous giving you are helping to give young women and children access to a brighter future. Over the last 20 years Act4Africa has changed attitudes, transformed communities, and saved lives across East Africa. Over the last 20 years, we have:

  • Provided quality early-years’ education to hundreds of children at Kathy’s Kindergarten (see update below)
  • Provided holistic health and vocational training to 105+ vulnerable adolescent mothers 
  • Trained over 600 healthcare workers and young people to teach others about gender equality and sexual health
  • Provided life skills, financial literacy and business enterprise skills to over 9000 disadvantaged women and girls
  • Supported 13 girls since 2018 to progress through higher education as part of our Grow A Girl programme
  • Provided almost two million people with HIV/AIDS and sexual health awareness training
  • Through Grains for Growth, we provided agriculture training for 35 small-holder farmers, increasing their ability to feed their families and earn an income

We could not have delivered our projects without your support, which has given the greatest gift of all to the people of Uganda, the gift of a better life. We would love to celebrate with you on Saturday 20th November 12 at 12:00 GMT, if you can join us please RSVP by Monday 1st November via emailing admin@act4africa.org.uk

Looking forward to 2022

Since March 2020, schools in Uganda have been repeatedly shut down in an effort to prevent transmission of Covid19. As a result most children have missed out on nearly 2 years of education. The young pupils at Kathy's Centre have been supported with home-learning and catch-up learning sessions during the brief periods of time when these activities were allowed. However, there is light on the horizon! The government of Uganda is rolling out Covid19 vaccines across the country and they are prioritising school teachers in teh hopes that all schools will be able to reopen in 2022. The teachers at Kathy's Kindergarten have all received their first vaccine doses! We plan to reopen Kathy's Kindergarten in January 2022 and we simply can't wait to welcome our young students back into the classroom for some play-based learning and fun.

Thank you for supporting this life changing work!

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Kathy's Kindergarten Pupils Singing, May 2021
Kathy's Kindergarten Pupils Singing, May 2021

Thanks to the GlobalGiving community and other supporters, Kathy’s Kindergarten in Mayuge has provided high-quality early years education to hundreds of pupils.  We are so proud of our early years teachers Jennifer, Grace, and Joan who educate the young learners with great care and enthusiasm, breathing hope into their lives.

Sadly, Covid19 has impacted the education sector in Uganda to devastating effect. Over the past 2 years, schools in Uganda have been closed more than they have been open. According to a report by the African Development Bank, Ugandan students have missed out on more days of school than children in almost any other African country (second only to Ethiopia). During the Ugandan national lock-down in 2020 our kindergarten teachers reached each pupil with home-learning support and vital food supplies for the most vulnerable families.

In May and June 2021, during a brief window in time in which Covid19 restrictions were eased, our teachers reached all 60 of our current Kindergarten pupils with catch-up learning. We also ensured that each pupil completed and passed their mandated end of year exam to allow them to move up to the next year of education, a major success! 

On 11th June the government of Uganda announced a new national lock-down which lasted for 42 days. During this time, not only were all school closed, but strict travel restrictions meant that it was difficult for the majority of people living in Mayuge District to earn a living, farm their fields, or access markets. For people who live hand to mouth even in usual circumstances, this meant that each day was a fight for survival.

Now that the lock-down restrictions have once again been partially lifted, our Kindergarten teachers are able to contact Kindergarten pupils and their families in Covid19-safe ways. However, our kindergarten remains closed, along with every other school in the country.

A glimmer of hope can be seen on the horizon. Recently a limited number of Covid19 vaccine doses have arrived in Uganda and the national government has declared they will prioritise vaccinating school teachers. Our kindergarten teachers have been invited to have their first dose of the vaccine, and we hope that all teachers in the country receive their vaccines soon. Only when all of the nation’s teachers are vaccinated will schools be allowed to reopen. This process is likely to take months to complete, but we look forward to the day we can once again welcome our young pupils at Kathy’s Kindergarten.

One parent’s quote says it all “Kathy’s kindergarten is the best school have ever seen in Mayuge, the teachers are exceptional, the teachers have made my child to love school and it has boosted her mentally.”

Thank you again to everyone in the GlobalGiving community who supports this vital work. We couldn’t do it without you!

Kind Regards,

Madelaine Johnston
CEO of Act4Africa UK

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Location: Teddington, Middlesex - United Kingdom
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patrick kigongo
Mayuge Town Council, Uganda
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