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Build A Primary School for 300 students in Uganda!

by Rukundo International, Inc
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Build A Primary School for 300 students in Uganda!
Build A Primary School for 300 students in Uganda!
Build A Primary School for 300 students in Uganda!
Build A Primary School for 300 students in Uganda!
Build A Primary School for 300 students in Uganda!
Build A Primary School for 300 students in Uganda!
Build A Primary School for 300 students in Uganda!
Build A Primary School for 300 students in Uganda!
Build A Primary School for 300 students in Uganda!
Build A Primary School for 300 students in Uganda!
Build A Primary School for 300 students in Uganda!
Build A Primary School for 300 students in Uganda!
Build A Primary School for 300 students in Uganda!
Build A Primary School for 300 students in Uganda!
Build A Primary School for 300 students in Uganda!
Build A Primary School for 300 students in Uganda!
Build A Primary School for 300 students in Uganda!
Build A Primary School for 300 students in Uganda!
Build A Primary School for 300 students in Uganda!
Build A Primary School for 300 students in Uganda!
Build A Primary School for 300 students in Uganda!
Build A Primary School for 300 students in Uganda!
Build A Primary School for 300 students in Uganda!
Build A Primary School for 300 students in Uganda!
Build A Primary School for 300 students in Uganda!
Build A Primary School for 300 students in Uganda!
Build A Primary School for 300 students in Uganda!
Ground Level Complete!
Ground Level Complete!

The last few months have been unexpected and challenging, but we have managed to keep things moving forward. Uganda remains under a country-wide lockdown, since March 18th. Despite this, we are happy to report that construction on the ground floor of our primary building is close to complete! This milestone will allow us to accommodate students up to the 3rd grade. The final step is to install a water tank to provide supplemental water to the toilets. Finishing the construction of the ground level also allowed us to relocate our main office to the school, helping to reduce costs, increase security for our office assets, and let our staff interact more regularly. 

During the lockdown, thanks in part to a grant from GlobalGiving, we have been able to continue to pay all of our staff at 100%, which is a huge blessing to them. Our team is taking this time to review and reorganize administrative tasks and evaluate our initiatives to improve. We continue to monitor our students’ situations at their homes closely. The implications of the lockdown in a community where many rely on day-to-day labor have been dire. 

We have used our school grounds and our COVID-19 relief fund to distribute three rounds of food to 64 of the most vulnerable families in our community. When picking up her food package from the school, one of the household heads had this to say: “I boiled water last night, and that’s what we took as supper. At least my children will have solid food after three days of emptiness. Long live Rukundo international.” We are confident that this initiative, made possible by donations to our COVID-19 relief fund, has helped to save lives. 

To further combat food insecurity, our team was able to distribute vegetable seedlings to 59 families. Those families would like to thank our donors, especially because food scarcity has gotten worse during the lockdown. The seedlings will provide a great supplement to their diets once ready!

In the U.S., volunteers have worked tirelessly over the last few months to redesign our website. The site now includes all of our projects in an organized manner. Make sure to check it out!

No matter where you are around the globe, we understand things are uncertain and challenging right now, and that many worthy organizations need support. We appreciate you choosing to stand with us to continue educating and empowering this vulnerable community in Uganda. 

If you’re looking for more ways to get involved, we have a new summer campaign – #Move4Love! You can help to "keep our school running!" You can find all the details on the new website. There is more construction to be completed and funded, until we have a full primary school, up to 7th grade.  We need your support now, more than ever. Webale Munonga (Thank You).

Food Distribution
Food Distribution
COVID-19 Relief Efforts
COVID-19 Relief Efforts

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New Classroom Construction
New Classroom Construction

The next two rooms are currently under construction and will be for our P2 (second grade) classroom and a dining hall. When school opens in 2021, the dining hall will become a P3 classroom and hopefully, construction will be started on the next phase.

Unsafe conditions in town have required us to move staff offices into the school building and so the remaining ground floor space is being used for that purpose. As always, as our students and program expand, we complete one phase of construction and begin on the next two classrooms needed.

We have allocated all of our current construction funds to finish off the ground level and that project is approaching completion.

Our 2020 school year began in February and we have 134 students enrolled, as well as seven teachers employed. After two years in operation, Rukundo Preparatory School has a 93% retention rate and a 100% graduation rate. Attendance is at 90% or better for all ages.

Two years ago, 4.5% of students were under height averages and 2.3% of the students were underweight. Thanks to our rigorous nutrition and hygiene standards, all students have now met the defined WHO International Growth Standards.

All of our progress is thanks to you and your generosity as we continue to grow our school and expand our programs in Uganda. We can’t continue this work without you.

P2 Classroom and Dining Hall
P2 Classroom and Dining Hall
Window Additions
Window Additions
Ground and First Floor Plan
Ground and First Floor Plan

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Slab Cover
Slab Cover

This fall, we had to make the critical and time-sensitive decision to protect the slab where many of our future classrooms and other facilities are going to be added to Rukundo Preparatory School. When the slab was poured, we were told we had many years to complete the construction. Unfortunately, this information turned out to be untrue.

We used $12,000 from our annual budget to do what was necessary to protect the slab, but now we are faced with a serious shortage. Our new classrooms still need to be built to graduate students to the next level. We also need to build the lunchroom and other facilities so the children have a safe place to eat, away from the elements. Currently, the children use the P2 (second grade) classroom for lunch, but that won't be an option in the coming year.

We are hopeful that we will be able to make up the budget shortfall and build the classrooms we need for the future school year and incoming students.

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Slab Cover
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Help save our slab!
Help save our slab!

The first half of 2019 has brought so many accomplishments! As a donor towards the construction of our school, you have facilitated our mission to empower Uganda’s most vulnerable populations through educational and economic opportunities that lead to self-sustaining communities. Because of you, 109 students are receiving holistic care at our school, Rukundo Preparatory.

The Deputy RDC (Resident District Commissioner) reported that he has never seen any school in Kabale with standards like ours, a compliment of the highest honor! We are also excited to report that we were recently able to purchase another small piece of land where the children will be able to have more room to play - especially soccer, their favorite sport!

We now employ 23 Ugandan staff members who support over 500 children and families directly, and countless indirect, beneficiaries. It's truly because of you. We can never say THANK YOU enough. 

In addition, so far this year:

  • 137 girls graduated from our Girl’s Empowerment Program
  • 51 students are receiving scholarships and care through our Scholars Program
  • We now welcome well over 100 children to our school facilities each Sunday to participate in our Kid’s Community Program called Amaani Gabato, “The Power of Kids”
  • 22 women are working in our Mushroom Cooperative, with the goal of providing supplemental income to help keep their children in school
  • 36 boys are engaged in our Boy’s Soccer Club
We are so thankful for your dedication to our cause. As you can imagine, these programs are making a huge difference towards transforming this rural community.
At Rukundo, one of our core values is honest communication. In the spirit of full transparency, fundraising is always a challenge for a grassroots non-profit. We need to cover the expansive concrete slab that will eventually support our entire three-story primary school building.
Originally, we were told that the slab would be stable indefinitely until we were ready to build on it. However, that is not the case. If the slab is not protected from the elements, it will begin to degrade and we will compromise our large investment in our students' futures. We need $12,000 to fully cover this slab with brickwork before the end of the year. This, of course, significantly affects our 2019 budget.
We are hoping fervently for a large donor who can step in to cover this gap. Would you help us and send us referrals of anyone who you think might be able to help? Or, in the meantime, would you be willing to make a smaller investment by making a contribution towards this work? Thank you for partnering with us in this journey of rukundo (love), and for helping us to secure a bright future for our school and students!
Children dancing at the Amaani Gabato program.
Children dancing at the Amaani Gabato program.
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Rukundo Preparatory School (Nursery Building)
Rukundo Preparatory School (Nursery Building)

We have accomplished so much in the last few years. 2018 was especially exciting as we opened our first primary (elementary school) classrooms. Our goal has always been to expand our school and facilities by 1-2 classrooms each year, and 2019 is no exception. 

We have a slab poured that needs covered before it gets damaged by the elements, and this is an urgent need. We also have additional classrooms to add each year to expand our educational opportunities to match our growing student body. We also need to build a dining hall, permanent kitchen, dormitories, and a gate house.

Your support is more important than ever as we continue to provide a world-class education and community-based programs to the children of Kyanamira. While we can take a moment to be proud of what is already done, there is still so much work to do. Thank you for being partners with us. Rukundo International's success is because of you and your generosity.

Building Slab
Building Slab
Village children at the school's community program
Village children at the school's community program
Children playing at recess
Children playing at recess
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Rukundo International, Inc

Location: Gaithersburg, MD - USA
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Twitter: @rukundo_intl
Project Leader:
Andrea Sedlock
Gaithersburg, MD United States
$20,208 raised of $35,000 goal
 
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$14,792 to go
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