As reported earlier, the dormitory was completed before the rainy season. Solar panels are providing electricity and the water harvesting project, supported by a matching Foundation grant from Rotary District 1060, is serving not just the dormitory but the nearby kitchen and it provides water for washing, laundry and kitchen
The generosity of our donors continued after completion of the dormitory project, supporting the school and the education of these young people. Over the coming years countless hundreds will benefit from this project and it will help the village of Ktiti to achieve its aim of self-suffiency.
A heartfelt thank you to everyone who has contributed to the achievement of our aim as our campaign has now achieved its aims and will now be closed.
Our October report showed the completion and occupation of the building, but our fund raising continues to provide the further facilities needed. As further funds come in we are able to provide additional shower facilities, to further the furnishing of the dormitory to help with such things as school homework and to complete the school library facilities. Use of the library has increased as these children now have an education uninterrupted by the rainy season and no longer have to spend hours walking through the bush to school.
We are so grateful for the continued support which is enabling us to enhance the lives of these children and those to come.
Thank you for your support.
We are delighted to receive this report from Apollo Saku, the Planting for Hope Uganda project manager at Kititi:
We had recognised a problem, that several of the young girls attending Cornerstone School, were having to walk long distances across remote bushland to get to school. This was disturbing enough, especially if they had no one else to walk with (girl children are very vulnerable and childhood pregnancies are a real concern in the region) but in the rainy season the journey was often impossible. They did not have suitable shoes or in some cases no shoes at all, or any rain wear and in spite of their keenness to learn they would be forced to stay at home. This really affected their opportunities to achieve grades needed to go on to secondary school. We identified that there were 42 of these girls attending the school, some of whom were orphans being cared for by a grandparent or neighbours. We wanted to raise funds to build a dormitory. This would solve not only the girls problems but those of the caretaker families who were mainly subsistence farmers scraping a living to just provide food. The dormitory would provide meals and clean water, clean beds, space and light to do homework, showers, latrines as well as a caring house mother.
It was a huge relief when Kinver Rotary Club offered to apply for a Global Grant to build such a dormitory. We are delighted to say that in spite of a prolonged rainy season causing some delay earlier this year, the dormitory is complete and the girls are now living there and loving it! It is wonderful ! Thank you so much to Kinver Rotary Club, Bewdley Rotary Club and the many generous donors who have made this possible. It will enhance the lives of so many children in the coming years.
The response from donors has been fantastic and not only is the building now complete, beds installed and the dormitory now in use before the next rainy season arrives. Thanks to a further donation from Kinver Rotary Club and a Foundation grant from Rotary District 1060 the water harvesting equipment to collect and save water is currently being put in and will be completed in the next few days - in time to benefit from the forthcoming rainy season.
Sincere thanks to all our generous donors. We cannot believe how quickly this project has come to fruition. In the coming years hundreds of children will have a safe place to live and be cared for, to receive an uninterrupted education and to be able to go on and live a fulfilling life.
June 29 2021 We are extremely grateful to the generous donors who have supported this project so far. Funds raised mean that work on the construction has already started, brought to a halt only by the rainy season. As planned the foundations of the building have already been completed and are currently being protected from the elements until the end of the rainy season. At this point work will start on the dormitory itself, with sufficient funding already achieved to complete construction before the next rainy season, enabling 50 vulnerable girls to have safe accommodation which will enhance both their education and their health.
Our next report will have photographs of the progress made – attached to this report are photos of the work on foundations.
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