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Give Early Education & Hope to 20 Ugandan Children

by Act4Africa
Give Early Education & Hope to 20 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 20 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 20 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 20 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 20 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 20 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 20 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 20 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 20 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 20 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 20 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 20 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 20 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 20 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 20 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 20 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 20 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 20 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 20 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 20 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 20 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 20 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 20 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 20 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 20 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 20 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 20 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 20 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 20 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 20 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 20 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 20 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 20 Ugandan Children
Give Early Education & Hope to 20 Ugandan Children
A smile to melt your heart
A smile to melt your heart

Meet Fahim, one of our pre-scholars at Kathy’s Kindergarten, who joined us in January 2019. He lives with both his parents in Mayuge district, five kilometres away from the school at Kathy’s Centre.

Fahim’s mother, Kevin, when consulted about her experience with our school, expressed total gratitude for the great role of modeling her child and laying a firm educational foundation at this early stage. “I am very comfortable with the hands handling my son, the school was opened at the right time when I was looking for the best school for him” she added.

Kevin believes in her son so much and just like it’s said, ‘behind every young child who believes in himself is a parent who believed first’. As teachers, we are equally proud to have such supportive parents.

Teacher, Madam Jennifer, is excited to express that he is such an active boy and willing to learn at any time. ‘I find it not hard at anytime to involve Fahim in any activity because he loves to learn new things and I am happy because teaching Fahim and his friends is an accomplishment and getting children like Fahim excited about learning is my greatest achievement.”

Madam Grace adds that “I love teaching Fahim because he is an interesting boy whose smiles can melt your heart, his love for music and dancing makes me confident that Fahim is going to be a passionate lover of whatever he sets his heart to, Fahim is an outstanding boy that learns with pleasure. When we learn with pleasure we never forget!”

Head Teacher, Mr. Amatre says “The boy is ready to learn whenever instructed to do something. He listens attentively when anyone is giving instructions, acts accordingly and reports anything which makes him uncomfortable to the teacher and loves sharing materials with other children.”

Fahim’s friends love being around him because he is so friendly.  Hashim who is Fahim’s best friend says, “I love playing with Fahim because he shares his juice with me”.  How lovely to know this about him!

At Kathy’s Kindergarten, we not only teach children how to count but also teach them what counts. We endeavour to provide the necessary environment in which they can learn.

Any monthly donation to our project will help us achieve our goal of bright minds and a brighter future for our children.

What’s more a generous anonymous donor has agreed to match new monthly donations!

Please share our project with like-minded friends – they will get their first donation matched!  

For example, for every new £25 monthly donation, Global Giving will donate an additional £25 to our project (following the 4th consecutive monthly donation).

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Meet Travis – he is 5 years old and is among the pioneer leaners here at Kathy’s Kindergarten.

Travis is a bright young learner and makes us feel proud of him as teachers, but another interesting factor is, he is the only boy in his age group.  The other 7 children in his group are female, a fact that we are delighted about as girl’s education is not normally a high priority for our community.

Travis is the first born, only child, living under the care of his mother in Mayuge town.  Travis’s father works away from home.

“I feel Kathy’s Kindergarten is playing a very great role in shaping my child’s personality at this early age of his childhood, as well as building his foundation towards a bright future through the education that he is acquiring.” said Travis’s mother, Prosy.

Not only does his mother feel grateful and excited about of what she sees in Travis, but she applauds the Kindergarten for being child-centred.  “This has greatly encouraged our son’s participation, creativity, self-esteem and general well-being.”

Prosy further notes that before Travis joined Kathy’s Kindergarten, he had very low self-esteem. She is thankful that the all-round curriculum being offered at Kathy’s Kindergarten, has shaped him to what he is now, “a confident, curious and enthusiastic learner”.

“We feel so overjoyed as parents to Travis for these great mile stones and excited that, later this year, Travis will be graduating to primary school. We shall greatly miss Kathy’s Kindergarten and Travis’s teachers and peers. Thank you for giving our son a brighter future through this unique early education."

Help us develop more bright minds and brighter futures for Mayuge's children by making a monthly donation to our project. £25 a month pays for one child's education at Kathy's Centre.   

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Chosen, a pupil at Kathy
Chosen, a pupil at Kathy's Kindergarten, Mayuge

Meet Chosen, aged 4 in middle class, from a disadvantaged family living in Mayuge.  At Kathy's Kindergarten she is developing against the odds.  Her background in some way affected her esteem - yet since joining Kathy's Kindergarten she has become one of the most outstanding learners in class.  She owes this to your support of the unique school environment; class facilities and teachers.  Among many other things, these have greatly facilitated her in becoming 'one of a kind', that she is at present.

Her ever glowing smiles amidst the poverty at home, her imaginative skills and class performance to mention but a few are a testament of a transformation and difference that your support has to lives of children like Chosen.

In the rural community of Mayuge, where 80% of local people live on less than a dollar a day, affordable, quality education is a highly prized gift that majority parents in this community desire for their economically disadvantaged children to partake of.

It’s premised on such meagre backgrounds, that Kathy's Kindergarten is making such a difference in lives of children like Chosen.  She is fortunate that both her parents are alive - but they can hardly afford or have the ability to offer a quality education.

To Chosen, being at Kathy's Kindergarten is an early life experience that is powerfully impacting her life, her attitudes toward learning and later achievements in education.  To financially incapable parents and carers, opportunities for quality education like that being offered at Kathy's Centre, come once in life time, and once   they come, they are seized with arms wide open.

We thank you for bringing this opportunity to the disadvantaged children of Mayuge.

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Grace encourges children to be creative with paint
Grace encourges children to be creative with paint

We are so proud of what we have achieved at Kathy’s Kindergarten in such a short time.  So far we have welcomed 26 children from the local Mayuge community to begin their education and we are grateful to their parents for trusting us with this most important job.  In just two terms, we have established a truly unique environment in which the children can play, learn and develop.  Each child is supported and valued; we respect differences, encouraging and enabling each child to reach their full potential in a welcoming, happy environment. 

One of our class teachers, Grace, says,

“We, the staff of Kathy’s Kindergarten, are so committed and ready to offer the best services possible to our dear children. We are ready to teach these children and bring out the best in them. We are grateful for the training we have received and are keen to learn more.”

A parent of one of the children recently reported,

“I am so pleased and happy for the great job the teachers at Kathy’s Kindergarten are doing. I appreciate the services that the school is giving to my child, she is making such good progress. The school has very dedicated and lovely staff which makes the school outstanding.”

Another adds,

“The children are taught extremely well. Teachers take good care of the children and make school seem like a home away from home, to the extent that children don’t want to miss school even when they are sick. The staff show great concern for our children and follow up if they ever miss a day, to find out why they missed.”

Act4Africa General Manager, Patrick adds,

“It was my pleasure to meet Kathy Smedley, our co-founder, on several occasions, before she passed away. The kindergarten was her brainchild. It was Kathy’s dream to give the children of Uganda the best possible start in life.  An early years teacher herself, Kathy was passionate about quality early years education and the difference this can make to a child’s future.  Kathy’s Kindergarten takes an inspirational approach to developing Uganda’s young minds, and we are proud to do this in Kathy’s name.”

We hope that through your donations we will be able offer the gift of education to 20 vulnerable and disadvantaged children.  Thank you for your support.

A regular donation of £25 will cover the costs of one deserving child attendance at Kathy's Kindergarten.  Please donate today. 

Enjoying playdough made from local ingredients
Enjoying playdough made from local ingredients
Taking turns & problem-solving with a sand pulley
Taking turns & problem-solving with a sand pulley

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Kathy Smedley
Kathy Smedley

Act4Africa’s latest Global Giving project, Give hope and education to 20 Ugandan children, looks to a brighter future for Africa’s poor. The project is based at Kathy’s Centre, and in this first project report, I’d like to take a moment to look back and tell you a little of the history of Kathy’s Centre. 

Built on a 3-acre plot, close to Mayuge Town, South Eastern Uganda, Kathy’s Centre provides vital health and support services, pre-school education, a youth club and agricultural, enterprise and financial literacy training to one of Africa’s poorest communities. 

Kathy’s Centre was built in memory of my late wife and co-founder of Act4Africa.  It draws together all the issues that meant most to Kathy under one roof, but at the heart of the centre are the children that mattered most to Kathy.  An early years teacher herself, Kathy knew the importance of giving children the best start in life.

Kathy had a heart of gold and tremendous warmth for the people of Africa. Her life was devoted to the cause of others, and it was her dream to bring first class early education to the children of Uganda. Through Kathy’s Centre we are immensely proud that her legacy lives on. 

Thanks to individual donations to Kathy’s Fund we were proud to open Kathy’s Centre in September 2017.  The centre was warmly welcomed by the community and is much valued and used daily by the women and children of Mayuge. 

By setting up a monthly donation of £25 you will give a deserving child, marginalised by poverty, inequality and stigma, an education and hope of a brighter future. 

It was Kathy’s dream, you can make it a reality.  PLEASE DONATE TODAY. 

Kathy
Kathy's Centre

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Martin Smedley
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