Child Crisis Center Uganda's (CCCU) mission has always been to bring accessible education to the underdeveloped community of Magooli, Uganda. In this remote part of Uganda, the children who were fortunate enough to attend school (prior to CCCU’s involvement), had to put up with undesirable circumstances that led to a high dropout rate. The children used to walk 4-5 kilometers to school in the morning and then 4-5 kilometers back home. This walk is not only long, but it is dangerous for many of the children as they are walking barefoot and in all weather conditions. This trip is specifically dangerous for the girls who will get picked up (under false pretenses of getting a ride to school) and these girls will far too often end up as a victim of assault and many of the times they end up pregnant. During the school day, a child in a classroom will be one of at least 50 children (and sometimes upwards of 200 children) in a classroom all trying to compete for attention and direction from one teacher. Child Crisis Center Uganda has worked hard to bring a nonprofit school to the community and alleviate the need for the children to travel and compete in overcrowded government schools.
After providing the school structure, Child Crisis Center Uganda then looked even further at the individual hindrances to education in an underdeveloped community. The main theme we saw here was lack of sanitation as well as lack of privacy. There is a high dropout rate amongst girls when they begin to menstruate - without proper sanitary pads, or a private space away from the boys and others to deal with this change, the girls instead just stopped attending school all together. It is important to our organization that everyone is able to get an education. For this reason we regularly provide sanitary supplies to the children, and we have also constructed a three stall latrine that provides each child with the privacy they need. Child Crisis Center Uganda's school, Magooli Academy for Children - Namayingo (MACN), has transformed the lives of the children tremendously. GlobalGiving has been a huge resource to us since the partner application process. Since this specific Magooli Academy for Children Educational Expansion began, the revenue generated by the GlobalGiving Campaign has allowed us to pay our teachers while they are unable to officially work, as well as purchase vital supplies and materials that we have had to previously reprioritize. This project has supplied the school with cabinets to store work, and a printer to print out teachers' lessons; which is especially important now during quarantine- this allows the teachers to travel with lessons for each child. Looking ahead, we hope to not only build a kitchen and cafeteira for the children, but also a proper nurses station.
So far, we are 90% of our way to our goal of $5,000 on this campaign! We are so thankful to have had the finances to support the school and staff during the pandemic! In addition, we are very excited to announce that starting in February of 2021, Magooli Academy will be opening with SEVEN classrooms available to children ages 5-15! With the new classrooms, our primary two and primary four students will be able to attend classes locally rather than walking long distances to overcrowded government funded schools. However with more classrooms, Child Crisis Center Uganda now needs to financially support more children and more staff. For this reason, we are still eager to reach our goal through GlobalGiving so that we may keep the school afloat. Currently there are 130 children attending the Magooli Academy for Children - Namayingo (MACN) along with five teachers, one cook and one nurse all on payroll. MACN gives children a safe space close to home where they can receive individualized attention with the support of detailed and planned out curriculums. These new classrooms will accommodate children aged 12-15, which will make the Magooli Academy for Children - Namayingo (MACN) home to even more school-aged children within the community. We are confident that with the continued support from our donors we will be able to continue to expand and improve the education of all children up to 18 years of age who reside in Magooli.