Project #8599

Help educate 650 vulnerable children in Uganda

by Global Backpack Project

We would like to express our gratitude for your support of Global Backpack Project and the Bwetyaaba Primary School.  With your help, we have raised more that $13,000 to support the education of the girls and boys at this school in rural Uganda.  These funds purchased sturdy new backpacks, school supplies, and school uniforms for the 650 children attending the school.  We are grateful for our partner in Uganda, BUVAD (Butakoola Village Association for Development) for their remarkable work in the community. 

Global Backpack Project will no longer be using the Global Giving platform to raise funds for Bwetyaaba Primary School.  We are pleased to partner with Investments for Developing Communities (IDC) to continue this support.  IDC is a grassroots 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides education sponsorships for girls and micro loans to women in developing countries.  IDC parners with organizations working for the betterment of their communities through education and economic development.  Please visit for more information.

Thank you again for your support of Global Backpack Project and for helping so many girls and boys achieve success through education.  We wish you good health and happiness in the new year.

Receipt of backpacks
Receipt of backpacks


We are happy to share the latest news from Bwetyaaba Primary School. Below please find an excerpt of the 2015 Quarterly Report from Butakoola Village Association for Development (BUVAD): 

Enrollment continues to increase with current enrollment of 699 children. Of these 345 are girls and 354 are boys. The enrollment is anticipated to rise at the beginning of the year 2016 as annually the school gets 80 and above new children entrants to the P.1 class (Primary One) as they graduate from neighboring kindergartens. Hence the annual enrollment at this school is anticipated to oscillate between 650 and 780 children by 2016.

Challenges arise with increased number of children looking to enroll in school in anticipation of support by BUVAD and GBP.  However the headmistress and the teachers’ representative have appraised GBP support and affirm that this support has helped improve child performance at this school.  School performance in comparison to the years before partnership support has continuously improved. Primary Leaving Exams results show that there was only one failure at the school. In order to improve on their entrepreneurial skills, the children are being trained in crafts such as local mats making, baskets, jewelry, etc. 

The school management committee chairman also appreciates GBP’s support to the school and remains enthusiastic of our continued support to improve the performance of children at this community school.

At this time, the children are about to go for their second term holidays and have started to sit for their end of term examinations.

Challenges remain for many of the children due to lack of school supplies, school uniforms and food for lunch. Many boys take up odd jobs to help supplement their family incomes and acquire necessities like school supplies and household needs and have to be out of school.  Also, because of the poverty at their homes, some of the girls find themselves resorting to self instigated early marriages and prostitution. This leads to several of them dropping out of school. BUVAD continues to work closely with the school, children and families to provide support to children so that they may stay in school. 

As stated by Stephen Ssemutumba, Executive Director at BUVAD,  "I wish to extend our sincere thanks for all the support extended to the dear children of Kayunga at Bwetyaaba Primary School, helping BUVAD and GBP our funding partners to realize the dream of promoting human values for our children towards helping them realize their full potential to educational development for a sustainable living in future."

Many thanks for your continued support to the Bwetyaaba Primary School. 

In health, 

The Global Backpack Project Team 

Teacher's Letter to GBP
Board letter to GBP
Board letter to GBP
Class session at Bwetyaaba
Class session at Bwetyaaba
Eron's letter to GBP
Esther's letter to GBP
A day of celebration for the school
A day of celebration for the school


The school year for 600 children started out with great excitement as backpacks, school supplies and uniforms were provided to the girls and boys attending the Bwetyaaba Primary School. 

In the words of Stephen Ssemutumba, Executive Director of the Butakoola Village Association for Development (BUVAD), the day was a big success:

Many many thanks for the donation. That transfer was well received and the donations were delivered on 10th Feb 2015. It was great excitement all over and that day was donations day until dawn. The parents and guardians, the parents school management committee of Bwetyaaba Primary School, BUVAD staff, the teachers and well-wishers were present.

600 children received backpacks and supplies, 2 thunder arrestor systems were set up; one on another classroom block and the other at the school chapel as advised by the school management committee, and 80 girls and boys received school uniforms.

I wish to extend to you the many thanks from the children, the school teachers at Bwetyaaba Primary School, their parents and guardians for this support. Everybody said thank you very much to GBP and all of those that made this donation.

Many many thanks Always!



With gratitude, 

The GBP Team

Children show their excitement to receiving packs
Children show their excitement to receiving packs
Local tailor takes measurements for school uniform
Local tailor takes measurements for school uniform
Children lining up to receive backpacks
Children lining up to receive backpacks
Students at Bwetyaaba Primary School
Students at Bwetyaaba Primary School


The girls and boys of Bwetyaaba Primary School will be starting their first day of school today! This is an exciting time for the 672 students who are eager to began their studies. They face so many daily challenges; school offers them an opportunity, a chance to improve their situations. 

Most of the children enrolled in school are vulnerable in different ways, they are either orphaned or their families cannot afford to cater for their educational needs. Despite the Universal free Primary Education (UPE) provided by the central government of Uganda, school uniforms, school supplies, shoes, backpacks and several other requirements are often out of reach for many of the children. Many times they find themselves missing school because of lack of these educational needs. This project helps to support and supplement the lack of educational supplies which in turns enables the children to take part in school. 

Through your generosity, the students at Bwetyaaba Primary School will very soon be receiving new backpacks, uniforms and school supplies to assist them on their educational journey. The goal is to support 645 students: 343 girls and 302 boys.

Stay tuned for the next update as we report on the children's progress in school and share news of the delivery of backpacks and school supplies. 

With gratitude, 

The Global Backpack Project Team 

Students study outside by class led by volunteers
Students study outside by class led by volunteers
Sports Day at Bwetyaaba Primary School
Sports Day at Bwetyaaba Primary School


No matter where they are or where they're from, children love to play and participate in sports. This is no different at Bwetyaaba Primary School. This past October, the students competed in a sporting event, representing their house names (students were placed in different groups). Activities included pealing/cooking bananas known locally as matooke, dancing with used bicycle tires on their waist without them falling off, and the more commonly known and universal, short and long races. As Stephen Ssemutumba, Executive Director of BUVAD, GBP's partner in Uganda, shared, "It was really a marvelous day. The children were very happy."  What a wonderful way to bring a close to the school year.

The school year in Uganda will be ending in November and the new school year will begin February 2015. With the generous donations we have received from our supporters, we will be able to send resources to the Bwetyaaba Primary School so that when students go back to school next year, they will be prepared and ready for school.  Stephen Ssemutumba expressed gratitude and said that, upon hearing the news, the children were very excited and that the headmistress of Bwetyaaba Primary School extended her sincere gratidute to GBP for its continued support. At the risk of sounding a little cliché, it really does take a village! We thank you for your continued support and for helping to make a difference in a child's life. 

With gratitude, 

The GBP Team 



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Global Backpack Project

Location: Portland, OR - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Emmanuelle Jarmon
Portland, OR United States

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