This project will build an environmentally friendly dormitory at Cornerstone School to provide safe accommodation and care, safe water, free education and meals for girl children who are orphaned or come from destitute families in rural bush villages in South West Uganda. Integral to the dormitory will be water harvesting and solar panels. Kinver Rotary Club, supported by Bewdley Rotary Club, is working with Planting For Hope Uganda on this project.
There are 280 orphaned girls who attend Cornerstone Primary School in Kititi, 48 of these live with an impoverished grandparent or guardian, walking at least 6 miles a day through inhospitable bush to get to school. Their homes have no electricity or nearby safe water. The twice - yearly rainy season followed by drought, hunger, unclean water, difficult terrain and lack of shoes are all causes for poor health and attendance and educational underperformance.
An environmentally friendly dormitory and house mother at the school would provide care and accommodation for these girls and ensure their safety. It would enable them to have a full -time education, improve their health by providing safe water and they would have 2 meals a day. 2-3 hours of their time spent walking to and from school would be more profitably used doing homework with the aid of solar panels, catching up with missed education, taking part in sports and spent with friends.
The dormitory will provide environmentally friendly, safe accommodation for 50 girls initially, but over time many hundreds of girls will benefit and their education and well- being will be ensured . An uneducated girl child is statistically more likely to become pregnant in teenage years, which leads to increasing poverty for themselves and their families. Educated girls will go on to educate their children and benefit their community's economy for the foreseeable future.