Happy at lunchtime!
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 (especially the girls) and they are walking barefoot and in all weather conditions. During the school day, a child attending government schools will be in a classroom 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 educational academy 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 Children's Education Center - Namayingo (MCEC) has transformed the lives of the children tremendously. GlobalGiving has been a huge resource to us since the partner application process. Since this project began, the revenue generated by the GlobalGiving Campaign allowed us to pay our teachers while they were unable to officially work due to COVID-19, as well as purchase vital supplies and materials that we have had to previously reprioritize during the pandemic. This project has supplied the school with cabinets to store work, and a printer and ink to print out teachers' lessons; as this allowed the teachers to travel with lessons for each child and provide homeschooling. Looking ahead, we hope to construct new latrines for the education center.
In addition, thanks to the organization eMite, CCCU was able to construct a kitchen and cafeteria with working stoves. This greatly reduced the cooking time for preparing school lunches from seven hours to one hour, as well as secured the meals for the children while they are at school due to the fact that weather is no longer a possible disturbance for the Cooks, as they previously prepared meals outdoors. Thanks to a generous donor, our nonprofit was also recently able to implement a chicken farm consisting of 650 chickens and a feed grinder as a sustainable source of food and income for the Education Center. CCCU was also able to recently purchase uniforms, as well as a pair of shoes for each individual child; for most children, this is the first pair of shoes they've ever received. Most recently, we were able to provide our kitchen and cafeteria space with 14 tables and 60 chairs for the children to eat at during their lunch periods. The overall moral of the school has become so positive as these various advancements have been implemented, and we could not be more excited or grateful for this.
However with more advancements comes more financial responsibility in regards to funding the academy's monthly expenses. 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, as our monthly budget has increased. Currently there are 160 children attending the Education Center along with eight teachers, one cook and one nurse all on payroll. CCCU gives children a safe space close to home where they can receive individualized attention with the support of detailed and planned out curriculums. 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.
Snapshot from Physical Education class
Children with their file folders
Two children smiling in their new uniforms
Children saying hello with masks on