Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children

by Act4Africa
Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 10 Ugandan Children

You will know from previous reports that, in line with government guidelines and COVID-19 lockdown, Kathy's Kindergarten was sadly closed for most of 2020.  However, thanks to your donations, our teachers have continued to support the children at home: initially providing them with home learning packs and regular visitto check on their health and wellbeing, providing food aid when necessary to keep up with their nutrition. More latterly, the children's home learning has been boosted through 1:1 tutorial visits from our dedicated kindergarten teachers. 

Act4Africa’s Ugandan Lead Teacher, Jenifer Akullu tells us: 

The program of food distribution started in May where children would be given eggs, sugar, flour and milk directly taken at home for them to share with their families and during these out reaches of food distribution teachers realized that the pupils were missing a lot as most parents did not have the time or skills to help the children.  Their early achievements in class would easily get to zero since next year is far and this prompted the school to adapt the home learning program for pupils of Kathy’s Kindergarten.  The teachers organized learning program in pupils’ homes, after consent with their parents and this was supported by both parents, Act4Africa and teachers making the exercise easy to roll it out. 

"Teachers visit pupils homes upon appointment prior to the visit. The 3 teachers would be assigned different homes with packages to guide the pupil’s learning.  This has been a routine activity for the children and teachers which has helped strengthen the teacher child relationship, keep pupils learning and improving their ability of class work execution. This program has been a great success as the children’s performance in tests and class work is so good. We believe that by next year we shall have automatic promotions to those who will have scored up to the school pass mark next year.

"These learning programs have basically been a one-on-one teaching and parents are so grateful for this initiative that has kept children busy and learning from their own teachers and at a free cost unlike other children who has been receiving such learning from other teachers from different schools at a cost. 

Peter, a father said, “Thank you so much teachers for your tireless support to our children, I love the love you have for our children and how passionate you teachers are about teaching these children of ours. 

Olivia, a motherexclaimed,  “You people are a real deal, my son is so blessed to have you people as his teachers, thank you so much Act4Africa and Kathy’s Kindergarten for being my child’s saviour during this pandemic, my child has not missed a thing about learning, thanks  to you.”  

Meanwhile we got to hear from our very own kindergarten child himself. He delighted us with his words: “My teacher is a super-hero, my school is the best in the whole world, because my teachers follow me up to home so that I can learn, I want to be like my teacher because she loves teaching me and my friends.” 

His mother also continued by saying “You people feel my heart with greater joy because everything you do for our children is wow! 

We could not achieve this without your support, so thank you for providing these children with a "WOW moment" in 2020!  We do not yet know when we can re-open the Kindergarten, but we do know that your donations will help us bring education to over 50 children at this difficult time. Please donate to give hope and education to the next generation.

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Emillianah
Emillianah

"You people show up just when we are about to lose hope!"

Greetings from Mayuge! Time has passed and still we are in lockdown in Uganda.  We hear this week that it is unlikely that our kindergarten children will be permitted to return to school for the rest of this academic year.  Whilst we put plans together to support their learning and development at home, we wanted to pass on some expressions of gratitude to you, our GlobalGiving community, for your support at this most challenging time for us all.

Here is some of the feedback from our parents regarding the food and learning packages we have been able to provide, thanks to your ongoing donations.

Daddy Mary says:

“Thank you so much for your kindness and reaching out to us during these hard times, this is so lifesaving, my family is so encouraged. Who would give all this stuff in this critical time if they didn’t love and value you. Thank you for loving us every day.”

Mummy Hatimah says.

“Thank you for always bringing smiles to our faces, you people show up just when we are about to lose hope.  I appreciate how much you love our children and our entire family, thank you a million times, just know we love you people too so much.” 

Angela Mummy Kato and Waiswa says:

“Thank you for coming through for us during this difficult time. My family appreciates everything you have given to us since the beginning of this pandemic. We are so happy for our eggs and sugar it means a lot to us.”

Mummy Emillianah expressed:

“I am so much grateful for everything you have been giving my family ever since the lockdown started. I pray that God should bless Kathy’s Kindergarten and its supporters for their kindness.”

Your donartions at this time are more vital than ever, as we endeavour to support our community in their hour of need.  Thank you for you ongoing support.

Hatimah
Hatimah
Kato
Kato
Waiswa
Waiswa
Mary
Mary

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Greetings to you, here is a quick update from Kathy’s Kindergarten amidst the ongoing pandemic.

As directed by the government, all schools have been closed since 20th of March because of the ongoing situation.

The lockdown has posed several challenges to both the children and their parents. Not so many of the children’s parents are in position to read and write, which makes it a really hard task for some of the children to learn while at home. Some parents get so caught up with household chores and growing food in their gardens, hence giving less or no attention to the child’s learning whilst at home.

Some of the homes are not conducive to enhance a child’s learning because they are too close to the roadside and hence there is a lot of disruption to children’s concentration.

Since the schools were closed unexpectedly, we decided as a school to provide the children with the first set of home learning materials that would keep them busy and we are glad to hear that parents are trying their best to help our children learn while they are home.

After consulting the parents on the progress of their children with the home learning materials provided, they gave us a positive response that the children were picking up, later on, we gave them the second set of home learning materials when the lock down was extended to cover the period that they were to be at school before holidays.

In this month of May, they are supposed to be in holidays already and so we did not give them any learning package for this period because we expect them to be resting from schoolwork for a while. Instead we gave all our kindergarten families a tray of eggs to help during this difficult period. The lockdown and the floods destroying crops has resulted in some families having nothing to eat. This gesture was appreciated by all our kindergarten families.

Meanwhile, in case the lockdown is still extended even after the holiday period we hope to continue providing them with the home learning materials to help them not to fall back in their education, and I believe one day with a great teacher is better than a thousand days of diligent independent study. The children were with us for a month plus before lockdown and therefore we are so hopeful that, if we keep providing them with the home learning materials, even while they are away from us, they will not fall back in their education.

Thank you to all our kindergarten teachers for their hard work in keeping our children educated during this difficult period and a special thank you to all our donors for making it possible for us to help the children and their families.

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Lucky, age 5, now in her third and final year.
Lucky, age 5, now in her third and final year.

Welcome to another year at Kathy’s Kindergarten, we are super excited to have sailed through our first 2 years so well, cheers to you for your support! 

We have something exciting to share with you! Meet our kindergarten child, Lucky, who has spent the past two years enjoying and sharing love while at Kathy Kindergarten school.

Lucky has swiftly moved with us since year one and has a lot of social and academic experience in her early life as a result.

Lucky is a first born in a family of 2 and her little sibling, Fortunate, is also here with us at Kathy Kindergarten. How lovely is it to have both children follow each other at our school? It shows a lot of confidence and love of the parents to the school.

Lucky started school when she was three years old, now aged 5, she is in ‘top class’. Teacher Jennifer says, 

"She is such a lovely girl who loves sharing with friends, helping others and learning new things, she is one of our top stars: her desire for learning and helping others to learn is mind-blowing!

We have planted in Lucky the good seeds of a bright mind and we are confident that, when she graduates this December, this will give her a firm foundation for a bright future. When she leaves and joins another level of education in another school we know she will represent us so well.

Lucky’s parents are also very happy and proud of Kathy’s Kindergarten. Her mother said

“I am so proud of how far you people have brought my child with her great improvement in her daily being as a child, thank you very much.”

Meanwhile, in this third year we are also extraordinarily excited to welcome new children into the kindergarten and spending time with them over the past few weeks has been an uplifting source of joy in our hearts. They can trigger strong emotions in us, as teachers that makes us smile, laugh or even just stare in bewilderment!  The unfiltered nature of a child’s mind leads them to do and say lots of surprising things! All of this makes us have some sweet things to say about them in return.

Teaching these children from day one and helping them learn gives us lots of memories that sometimes we store directly in our tear ducts. Teaching these young children can help us teachers also to learn many things. No-one has yet fully realized the wealth of sympathy, kindness and generosity hidden in the souls of these young children. At Kathy’s Kindergarten we strive to unlock that treasure as we prepare bright minds to form brighter futures for all those who pass through the hands of the school.

We continue to strive for a bright future for our children to build a better tomorrow for us all.  Thank you for helping us reach our goal!

Lucky's young sister Fortunate joins Kindergarten
Lucky's young sister Fortunate joins Kindergarten
Fortunate & Lucky with teacher Joanne & friends
Fortunate & Lucky with teacher Joanne & friends

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Kathy’s Kindergarten academic year is ending on 30th November 2019 and this period has seen pupils undergo both academic and social transformation since the start of the year . A lot has happened in line with the academic standards of pupils which is our main objective but also the social spheres of children has greatly improved ranging from exposure, sharing, discipline and spiritual life. The daily experience of playing and interacting with their fellows and teachers, together with social and academic tours, has added a valuable additional way of life experience for the pupils.

The school is ending the year with a big event, ever dubbed “Parents Day”, which will also see our pioneer pupils graduate from Nursery level to Primary level. We are all looking forward to a joyous occasion. A lot of presentations, in form of music, dance and drama, have been prepared to showcase the pupils’ skills and academic standard to the parents and community at large. The parents have also decided to get involved and have prepared a dance competition.

One of the pupils graduating this month of November is Margret, aged 5.  A pioneer student at Kathy’s Kindergarten, she is the last born of 6 children and joined the kindergarten 2 years ago. It was the start of new era in her school life of formal education, full of English speaking, social interactions and sharing as the core basis for her daily school life. As a young girl she was used to a home life of being a lonely child since they have not many neighbours.  Her home is close to Kathy’s Centre on the outskirts of Mayuge town, but is surrounded by small fields and next to the main road. This lonely early life of Margret was so boring according to her mother, coupled with her difficulty in speaking so well as a child.

Margret’s life changed so quickly when she joined the school because even her by nature she is an active girl with ability to easily cope up with situations. From a past lonely life at home, to a playful life full of socialization and activeness in class which is a special attribute of Margret. Teachers talk well of Margret, both in class work participation and social life. Her ability to relate, share and lead others in group during playing and role play/games puts her ahead of the rest. Her class performance is so good that even her mother has applauded the teachers for the good grammar and storytelling from Margret while at home. She leads in music, dance and drama and currently she is among the main dancers at the ongoing preparations for the Parents’ Day.

Her love for studying means Margret comes to school early every day. She is always the first to report, with the help of her mother who is also the school cook. While in class early morning, she participates in arranging the chairs and play materials together with the teacher on duty.

We hope to see a great world champion in Margret in both academics and drama acting and we are so proud of such early characters in the lives of our pupils. They give us the basis for developing the best early start for children at Kathy’s Kindergarten.

Bright Minds - Brighter Futures, that is our motto as a school and we feel this is achieved by what is practiced with, for and by our pupils.

Donate TODAY, #GivingTuesday, and help us earn a share of $500,000 in matching funds and bonus prizes from @GlobalGiving!

Margret watching Kathy's Kindergarten being built
Margret watching Kathy's Kindergarten being built
Trying the equipment before Kindergarten opened
Trying the equipment before Kindergarten opened
Preparing for graduation
Preparing for graduation

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