Giving Flowers to a Visitor
Before we update you on our students, we would like to let you know how you can help. As many of you know, GlobalGiving offers matching funds for projects several times throughout the year. The final opportunity in 2011 is on October 19th. Please set an alarm and give generously that day!* Details follow below.
This report is focusing on our second primary school we built called Kutamba Primary. In 2006, an eleven-year-old boy walked 50 miles for three days after hearing about the Nyaka Primary School on a radio program. Hilary knew that an education was the key to preventing a future of perpetual poverty for himself and his family. People in the very remote and rural area of Rukungiri, where Hilary grew up, are even poorer than in the Kanungu District where the Nyaka Primary School is located. As a result of Hilary’s determination, Kutamba Primary School was started in 2007. Today, Kutamba is educating 207 HIV/AIDS Orphans. The students receive free uniforms, shoes, textbooks, notebooks and other scholastic materials. The children are educated starting in the new preschool, all the way up until P.7 this year. Thereafter they will attend secondary school.
Kutamba Primary School is supported by 9 teachers, a nurse, accountant, and other support staff coordinating and working on projects that assist in improving the lives of the children. As you can imagine, our ability to hire local staff not only bolsters the local economy but also helps our projects run efficiently.
The Kutamba and Nyaka School Anti-AIDS Clubs, who perform and appear on a monthly radio show, also create awareness about the plight of orphans, children’s rights, family planning, hygiene and sanitation, and other issues affecting the community. As a result of the Anti-AIDS Club activities, the community is changing. Our staff members are noticing thoughtful, educated decisions by family members of students in regards to proactive HIV/AIDS prevention. As a part of our holistic approach to education, Kutamba Primary School were provided with HIV/AIDS testing in April 2011. One student from Primary three and 10 guardians were HIV+. In the past, an HIV+ test result was a sign of imminent death. Thanks to your support, we are able to purchase the necessary medications to properly treat those in the community that need it, thus extending their lives.
It is only through your continued generosity that we can provide these students access to an education, daily nutritional meals, medical care and clean water, and most importantly a brighter future! When one drives up the steep mountain Kutamba sits atop, the children greet you with “flowers” (a shhhh, shhhh, shhh sound and hands raised up, curled like flowers), and experience that leaves nary a dry eye. Please remember our Kutamba and Nyaka students on the 19th this month and give as generously as you can.
In Celebration of Your Generosity,
*On October 19, GlobalGiving.org is matching at 30% all online donations up to $1,000 per donor per project! There is $100,000 available in matching funds starting at 12:01 am EDT. They will match until 11:59pm EDT or until matching funds run out. In addition to the 30% match, GlobalGiving is offering a $1,000 bonus to the project that raises the most funds that day and a $1,000 bonus to the project that receives donations from the most individual donors!
Kutamba Primary Girl
Hilary Studying With Other Kutamba Students
Kutamba Anti-AIDS Choir
Grandmothers Who Care for Kutamba Orphans