Build Learning Centre for 4,000 Children in Kibuli

by 40 days over 40 smiles Foundation
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Build Learning Centre for 4,000 Children in Kibuli
Build Learning Centre for 4,000 Children in Kibuli
Build Learning Centre for 4,000 Children in Kibuli
Site visit with local authorities
Site visit with local authorities

Angaza Resource Centre Overview

Angaza is a Swahili word which means ‘Shine’ from which we derived the name of this project.

The Angaza Resource Centres aim to create a favourable learning environment for children in vulnerable communities, and ensure that they are happy, healthy and prepared for (and to influence) the future. 

In the next 10 years, we aim to establish 5 safe, well-stocked children’s community spaces across Kampala and Wakiso areas. We plan to reach over 20,000 vulnerable children – in and out of school – with free access to appropriate and creative literacy and ICT tools and support capacity development for teachers through trainings. 

We envision our first centre coming up this year, in the Makindye division. The space will serve as a community library, host space for community meetings and provide skilling opportunities for children to learn appropriate vocational skills from our wide pool of volunteers. 

Objectives

  • To improve the learning outcomes of children in vulnerable communities.
  • To improve access to learning materials for community schools. 
  • To provide a learning environment option for school dropouts. 
  • To skill children and young adults.

Through our work in the Makindye division community, we established a need for access to learning materials for school children, as well as hands-on skilling for out of school children and young adults. We believe that a safe space where schools, teachers and children can access learning materials and skills will be beneficial to the community at large.

Current project status

In 2021 a team from 4040 visited the local authorities in Makindye Division, specifically the Local council chairman and his committee. We explained who we are and what we do and what we hope to acheve by esyablishing a resource center. Together we carried out site visits to identify a suitable location for establishing a resource center. A small plot of land adjacent to the local community center was identified.

In December 2021 an Expression of Interest was put out by the organisation to attract contractors with the technical expertise of setting up a container housed resource center. We recieved submsions from 7 firms, another site visit was conducted on Feb 7th 2022 with the firms to enable them meet the 4040 team and have a look and feel of the proposed project. We are now in the process of reviewng the bid submssisons as well as negotiating terms of use for the land with the local owners.

Challenges faced

The land owner is still hesitant to allow us use their space for setting up the center. We have engaged local authorities to negotiate and appeal to the owner to under an agreement with our organisaton to set up temporaray structures on their land. Should this fail we have to search for another piece of land to set up the resource center.

Tentative Timelines

  • Confirm partnerships for the learning centre – Ongoing
  • Conclude procurement process and secure contractors and suppliers – Feb 2022
  • Breaking ground for the learning centre – Mar 2022
  • Completion of the learning centre -Apr 2022
  • Official launch of the learning centre – Apr 2022
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How are we nearing the end of the year already?  Are those Christmas carols we hear?

Well, we are incredibly grateful to have made it this far.

2021 has been quite the rollercoaster ride. Having experienced multiple lockdowns last year, we thought we had got the hang of it but alas! We are still learning.

Schools have remained closed and sadly, we have barely interacted with the children we work with. Our plans to set up the foundation for the first learning centre have been slowed down but we are determined to bring the dream to life- eventually.

While we cannot facilitate learning activities with the children, we have continued to engage our volunteers and supporters.

You can read some of our volunteers' experiences here

We have mainly focused our energy on providing urgent support for vulnerable groups.

We were able to donate foodstuffs worth Ugx 3,287,000 (almost $1000) to the families of the children we support, along with their teachers.

In July, our Team leader teamed up with a Doctor (Dr. John Mark Bwanika) to run a fundraising drive for Healthcare workers who have worked tirelessly during the pandemic. They were able to raise over Ugx 23 million (aproximately $6,400). The funds were used to purchase groceries, masks and sanitisers for Healthcare workers across 5 hospitals in Entebbe, Sorori, Gulu, Mbarara and Fort Portal. Distribution was concluded this week.

We are indebted to you for your support. 

Much love to you and yours.

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Happy new year!

We have really missed talking to you :(

How are you doing, really?

The past few months have been surreal but we are ever so grateful to still be here, doing the work we love with people who support us loudly and proudly.

The children we work with have been out of school since March 2020 and their fate remains uncertain. Many of them left Kampala City because their parents could not maintain the cost of living during the pandemic.

This saddens us but it has also strengthened our resolve to set up a safe space for them to learn and grow as we observe the necessary precautions.

The learning centre could not come at a 'better' time , as we learn to co-exist with the effects of Covid 19.

We appreciate your support now, more than ever and look forward to a happy ending as we set up our first learning centre!

Buckle up, we envision a bumpy and oh so rewarding ride!

 

Sending you and your yours so much love.

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Lockdown donation

We have already hit the half way mark this year and can literally see Christmas in the horizon. Can you?

What a year it has been already and yet it many ways, it also feels like it is just getting started.

Our last update was a positive one, we felt like we were ready to start work on the learning centre and it was a pretty exciting time. 2020 had different plans but we have kept it moving.

During this period, our work has revolved around teaching/training, fundraising and celebrating milestones.

We were able to donate food to the families of the children we work with under the Angaza program when the Government announced Lockdown measures. Up to 61 families received food stuffs in April.

As you know, we raise most of the funds for our programs through fundraising events. Since we were not able to host large groups of people in our usual venues for the safety of everyone involved, we decided to find online alternatives. We have since hosted 3 online Quiz events and raised Ugx 5,865,000 (Approximately $1,600) from them. This warms our hearts that much more knowing that people are going through the most difficult of times and yet they still give of their resources to 4040.

We are running a campaign to raise funds to donate up to 5,000 books to children across Uganda this year and part of the proceeds from the events are going towards this cause.

 

During the Lockdown, we have also been able to host different facilitators to share knowledge with our interns, volunteers and supporters at large, through diffrent discussions, ranging from branding to succedding as a multipotentialite. These discussions have been both fruitful and beneficial to the hundreds of participants who have joined us.

Last month, we successfully hosted an Intern graduation for 22 interns who volunteered with us for the 2019-20 period. It was a beautiful event filled with reminiscing and wonderful testimonies. I have shared the highlights in the links.

There is so much which is unknown and so many possibilities at the same time. We have gotten this far because of the love and support from people like you and know that we will go further still.

I hope that you and yours are keeping safe and hanging in there amidst everything.

 

Sending you lots of love and light.

4040 night- Online edition
4040 night- Online edition
4040 Masterclass
4040 Masterclass
Intern graduation
Intern graduation
Buy A Book Campaign
Buy A Book Campaign

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Artistic impression

Happy New year!

It seems like only yesterday we embarked on this journey together. How grateful we are that we still have you here with us!

This month has been action packed, as we interviewed and selected new intern-volunteers for the 2020-21 period.

Over 40 amazing young people are joining  us to make magic. We are concluding the on boarding process next week and then we can get down to work.

 

A good number of these interns will be doing the behind the scenes work to ensure we follow the right procedures as we set up the learning centre. These interns will be specifically tied to our flagship literacy program, Angaza. We are excited and scared in equal measure!

 

We have shared an artistic impression of what we envision, refurbished containers and some greenery for a great experience indoors and outdoors. Pretty cool right?Watch this space and we will be toasting to the real thing soon.

 

We truly believe this is the year!

With your support and our perseverance, it is only a matter of time.

 

As always, we will keep you posted.

 

May 2020 be fulfilling for you.

 

Cheers!

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40 days over 40 smiles Foundation

Location: Kampala - Uganda
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Project Leader:
Esther Kalenzi
Kampala, Uganda
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