Support Sky Is The Limit school in Uganda

by Ecologia Youth Trust
Support Sky Is The Limit school in Uganda
Support Sky Is The Limit school in Uganda
Support Sky Is The Limit school in Uganda
Support Sky Is The Limit school in Uganda
Support Sky Is The Limit school in Uganda
Support Sky Is The Limit school in Uganda
Support Sky Is The Limit school in Uganda
Support Sky Is The Limit school in Uganda
Support Sky Is The Limit school in Uganda
Support Sky Is The Limit school in Uganda
Support Sky Is The Limit school in Uganda
Support Sky Is The Limit school in Uganda
Support Sky Is The Limit school in Uganda
Support Sky Is The Limit school in Uganda
In Loving memory of Rose Mugenyi, Founder
In Loving memory of Rose Mugenyi, Founder

Happy New Year! We at Ecologia Youth Trust hope that you had a wonderful festive period with loved ones.

Unfortunately, I’m sad to say that the children and staff at Sky Is The Limit spent their first  Christmas without Mama Rose, our dear founder and director of Sky Is The Limit whom we lost on 9th December 2021 due to the Coronavirus. She will be dearly missed by all at Ecologia Youth Trust, her family, friends and teachers at Sky Is The Limit, and by the children whose lives she has helped make better. Rose’s granddaughter says, “Any holiday season and time of celebration will forever be harder to enjoy as it was my grandma’s favourite thing. She loved people and loved celebrating, so it is hard to celebrate without her.”

Rose committed her life to helping children build a bright future for themselves. With her hard work and the support of the many people inspired by her, Sky Is The Limit now supports 400 children, aged 3-14 years. This includes 96 pupils who are either orphaned or whose parents and care-takers are unable to care for them. 59 of these children lived with Rose at her home - Noah's Ark - where she gave them a warm and loving home to thrive in, while giving additional support to 40 children who remained with their families. 

Paul, who lived with Rose since he was 10 years old, has been her right hand for the past several years. He is committed to continue to run the school and, along with two of Rose's children – Brian and Lucy - to make sure that the children at Noah's Ark are cared for. Both Brian and Lucy have worked at Sky Is The Limit before and are quite familiar with the work. Brian has the role of Acting Director at Sky Is The Limit, while Lucy will be focussing her efforts on Noah’s Ark.

But there is an urgent need for your support today.

We need to raise £15,000 to give Paul, Brian and Lucy the means to keep Noah's Ark going for the next three months while plans are put in place for the sustainability of Sky Is The Limit.

We need your help to make sure that these children - who have lost their families to HIV/AIDS - can continue to receive the care, support and education they need in order to thrive and reach their potential.

Just £254 will pay for a matron to care for 96 children with no family of their own at Noah's Ark.

£854 will mean that Noah's Ark can pay its water and electricity bills for 3 months while they focus on caring for 96 children.

 £2,250 will give health and sanitation necessities like soap, sanitary towels and medicine for 3 months.

£4,186 will feed 96 children for 3 months, giving them vital nutrition for their development and health.

 

Thank you for your dedication and love for towards the children of Sky Is The Limit.

We can only change their lives because of you.

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Big Thank You!

The children and staff at Sky Is The Limit are experiencing some challenging times.

 

The pandemic continues to have devastating effect on the country, with many communities across Uganda facing even more financial pressures. The costs of food and supplies are increasing with every month – Sky Is The Limit reports an average 0.59% inflation - and have been since the pandemic began.  Uganda has recently overcome its third wave/lockdown.

 

Despite lockdowns closing schools for 6 months in 2020, and again in 2021, the children are enjoying their lessons after working so hard on their end of year exams the past few months. We were very pleased to let you know that the Ugandan government opted to delay these exams to give all children time to catch up after missing so much school. After eagerly awaiting the outcomes of their efforts, we’re delighted to announce that Sky Is The Limit performed very well. All 22 children who underwent their end-of-primary exams passed with either a First or Second grade.

 

With 400 students to care for, Sky Is The Limit is in desperate need of funds to that they can continue prioritising the wellbeing of the disadvantaged young children who attend the school.

 

A donation from you today can help Sky Is The Limit to continue to providing a hot, nourishing meal every single day to 400 children so that they do not spend their school days unable to focus because their bellies are grumbling from hunger. For many of Sky Is The Limit’s students, their school meals is the only hot meal they receive.

 

You can be a lifeline to children like Aida and Thomas. They – and other students like them at Sky Is The Limit – are living with HIV/Aids. Their immune systems, so compromised that they may not survive if they caught the COVID-19 virus. Wearing masks and washing their hands regularly is one of the few options they have to keep themselves safe until vaccines are more readily available in Uganda. Please consider, donating today to help them stay safe.

 

Thank you for your dedication to education and wellbeing of the children at Sky Is The Limit.

 

Because of you, we are able to make such a positive difference to their lives.

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Keeping teachers and children safe at school
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A message from Teddy
A message from Teddy

The Easter Holidays are over and school is back in session!

At Sky Is the Limit, 400 disadvantaged children are currently doing their end of year exams. These exams, normally taken later in the year, have been delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic causing lockdowns worldwide. Sky Is The Limit closed its doors in April 2020 and reopened again in October 2020. Since then, the children and their teachers have been working really hard to prepare for their exams. I’m sure you will join us in wishing the children the best of luck, and we look forward to sharing news with you of their results over the coming months.

For some of the children, these exams will determine their future. Our P7 class of 28 children have just finished their End-Of-Primary exams, and are eagerly awaiting the results to see if they can continue their education at local Secondary Schools and build the future of their dreams.

After being closed for 7 months, the children at Sky Is The Limit are all very excited to be back at school.

Jackson (P6) says, “I love being at Sky. I like to learn and play football with my friends. The teachers are kind and know so much, and help us to do our best. Because of them I feel like I can learn more, and will do well in my exams! When Sky Is The Limit closed last year I was very sad because I could not play with my friends or learn, and I got very hungry. Now that I am back at school, I love to run around the garden of Sky and eat delicious school meals again!”

We’re thankful that due to the generous donations from supporters like you, Sky Is The Limit was allowed to re-open in October after sufficiently meeting safety guidance outlined by the Ugandan government to limit the spread of Covid-19. We were able to install 4 hand wash stations and provide hand-sanitiser and masks for the children and staff. However, since reopening, running the school has not been without its challenges. Noah’s Ark, our residential home for children who are orphaned or whose parents are unable to care for them has increased from 35 children to 40, putting additional strain on the resources at Sky Is The Limit. At the moment, all 400 children at Sky Is The Limit are phasing their attendance to school according to their classes, so that the school can social distance, and classes even go for lunch in phases so that they can safely eat in the dining hall, which is cleaned down after each class. In classrooms, children are seated 1 per desk and spaced out at a safe distance, but there is still limited space for the children to be safely spread out for lessons as there aren’t enough classrooms at Sky Is The Limit. Ecologia Youth Trust is looking to build 5 more classrooms with desks and chairs, but in the meantime, the dining hall and school hall are being used for classroom space with lessons being taught outside when it is not raining.

Rose, the Founder and Director of Sky Is The Limit says, “We are so thankful for your support during the pandemic – you helped us to survive when we thought we would not. Your kindness has helped us to reopen and give hope and love to the children of Sky. I hope your love for us will continue.” Rose has reported that funds are running low and that they in need of more masks, soap, hand sanitiser, and need to install more foot-controlled hand-wash stations to help keep the children and staff safe.

Will you consider making a donation today and help Jackson and children like him at Sky Is The Limit stay safe? Hand washing stations and hand sanitiser are vital in making sure the children at Sky Is The Limit who live with HIV/Aids do not contract Coronavirus, which is even more damaging to their health as their immune systems are ill equiped to fight off illness and infections. A donation from you today - no matter how big or small - means that you can keep some of Uganda's most disadvanatged children safe.

On behalf of everyone at Ecologia Youth Trust, and the children whose lives you are changing for the better – thank you for standing by us. Your generosity during the pandemic has helped us to safeguard children who need it most. Thank you for helping them to stay safe, and for allowing us to reopen the school so that they can experience the joy of learning again.

Wash Your Hands!
Wash Your Hands!
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Keeping Teachers Safe
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Social Distanced Lessons
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Teachers in PPE, ready to teach

This past October has certainly helped to lift spirits at Sky Is The Limit. In Uganda, lockdown restrictions lifted and schools reopened, meaning all 370 children who attend Sky Is The Limit School were able to return to continue their long-awaited lessons and see friends again. Hand wash stations have been built outside each of the seven classrooms and the dining hall, and masks have been given to children and staff to make sure everyone can stay as safe as possible.

 

However, it seems that with the lockdown being lifted in Uganda, cases have begun to slowly rise again. Since March this year, Uganda has experienced 23,200 confirmed cases and 207 deaths.

 

Rose, The Director of Sky Is The Limit says, “For now we are alright, and just trying our best to survive in a hard situation. Corona cases in the local communities are increasing, so we are a bit worried as the children come from these places. We are placing control measures as best we can here at Sky Is The Limit, but cases around us are still rising.”

 

Although the children are enjoying being back at school, Sky Is The Limit is now having to face additional challenges while still overcoming the hardships that coronavirus brought.

 

Heavy rains have caused localized flooding and have caused much of the farm at Sky Is The Limit to become waterlogged, destroying many of their crops for the season. Food prices at market are still very high due to shortages, which only serves to add additional challenges for Sky Is The Limit in maintaining the health and wellbeing of the children that attend its school and receive school meals.

 

The truck, which is used for daily transport around the communities is also breaking down every day as it is old and can no longer cope with the demand of long journeys on bad roads. Funds for repairs are diminishing, and causing extra stresses on the Sky Is The Limit community when things are already hard due to the effects of Covid-19 in Uganda.

 

Sky Is The Limit is doing their very best with limited resources right now to ensure the disadvantaged children who attend the school stay as safe and as healthy as possible. Measures are in place to limit the spread of the virus, but with so many children at the school living with HIV/Aids, they are prone to opportunistic infections and so are more susceptible to contracting covid-19.

 

Please, give Sky Is The Limit your support this Christmas. Donate today and help these children to stay as healthy as possible during such a challenging time.

 

The team at Ecologia, and all at Sky Is The Limit would like to extend festive Christmas greetings to all of their supporters. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

 

For all that you do to help these children, please know that you have our deep heartfelt thanks.

 

With gratitude,

Robyn and the Ecologia Team

Keeping lessons safe with masks & social distance
Keeping lessons safe with masks & social distance
Washing hands before lessons
Washing hands before lessons
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Look at our nice masks!
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Teachers with their small pupils

Helping the Teachers

The past four months have been difficult for all of us, in different ways in different circumstances. March brought a general lockdown in Uganda, with the borders closed and strict evening curfew from 7pm to 6am. To date, only 1,070 case of COVID-19 have been reported with no deaths. That is remarkable and positive news. For now. 

However, the lockdown measures have had consequences for the Ugandan people. Businesses closed and very many people were without any form of income to support themselves and their children. There was no Government support for those who became unemployed. They have had to manage by themselves.

Sky Is The Limit school was closed in mid-March, children and teachers were all sent home. Rose Mugenyi made space for 45 orphaned or vulnerable children in her home, Noah's Ark. For those with HIV she has provided them with ARV medication that has to be bought from the hospital. They need special food supplements to protect their immune systems from opportunistic infections. Prices sky-rocketed and we were shocked to hear that a bar of soap cost £1 and one litre of antiseptic detergent cost £15!!

Ecologia organised a massive fundraising Appeal for Sky Is The Limit, to which many of you very generously contributed. The funds raised have got them through until now, feeding the children, buying them essential clothes and medication.

However, the school is not yet open and the teachers are struggling. Currently the 22 teachers have not received their salaries for the months of April, May, June and July. This adds up to £5,500. £1,379 per month. That is only £62 per teacher per month. 

If schools do open in September they need additional £1,379 for August. And there is no guarantee that parents of children who normally pay school fees will be able to pay because of their own lockdown circumstances. 

Ten dedicated teachers have been going to Noah’s Ark help the children with school work, and they came as volunteers. But there is no money to pay them. They need to feed their own children and have no means of support. If they are to be paid we need 3,180,000 UGX (£700) for each month they helped at Noah’s Ark.

These teachers are dedicated, committed to educating the children in their care and are becoming desperate. Catherine, one of our Trustees who was also a teacher once, has donated £500 as a starting point to help the teachers. We hope that others who value the teachers will also contribute. Any amount, small or large, will be a great help. Thank you for caring about Sky Is The Limit!

Primary 3 teacher
Primary 3 teacher
Director Rose Mugenyi with Primary 5
Director Rose Mugenyi with Primary 5
Primary 1
Primary 1
Rose and Paul, her Deputy
Rose and Paul, her Deputy
Noah's Ark kids
Noah's Ark kids
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