Our local partner, The Real Uganda, aims tosupport Ugandan innovation and motivation for community progress. TRU's goal is to provide skills and funding for local NGOs and schools on a consistent basis through the placement of volunteers and the distribution of GVN Foundation funding.
Nalusse Success Primary School Hot Lunch Program
Since February 2008, The Real Uganda has provided a hot lunch for 120 students and 9 teachers at Nalusse Success Primary School in Mukono Town. Getting a hot lunch is important to these needy kids as many come to school without breakfast. Before the hot lunch program became free (it was $10 per term, but families could not often pay) many kids ate only a small dry bun for lunch. They are now served a cornmeal-like cake (posho) with beans. As a result, students are energetic and able to learn better. This program is contributing to their personal development and to the development of Uganda in the long run. But it costs a lot of money over time. Money the school simply does not have. In order to keep the program going we need sponsors.
The annual budget is roughly $5,000 – which includes all food, cooking oil, salt, charcoal and salary for the cook. This provides a hot lunch for 120 students and 9 teachers every school day throughout the year.
Grace Daycare and Orphan Centre Highschool Scholarship Program
Grace Daycare and Orphan Centre in Nakifuma, Mukono, is home to 15 kids, aged 2 to 14. It also runs a primary school for over 130 needy kids in the area. Students attend for little money and receive a solid education in a very rural setting. Each year, 10 to 15 students graduate from Grace. However, no matter the grades earned, after finishing primary school, most of these kids have no hope of continuing on to secondary school. They work as farm labourers from the age of 12 or 13. The cycle of poverty continues. Our partner currently offers scholarships for top performing graduates from Grace at a local Nakifuma highschool. The scholarship recipient’s family is asked to provide a school bag and shoes to ensure they are properly invested in their child’s further education.
One scholarship is $600 which covers the cost of tuition, uniform, lunch and school supplies for 1 year.
Hopeland Junior School Teacher Salary Program
Hopeland Junior School in Najja, Buikwe, offers education to rural children otherwise unable to attend school, due to lack of money for fees. The program allows parents/guardians to work at the school farm, clearing land and maintaining the garden in return for tuition and lunch for their children. Unfortunately, actual cash money is hard to come by in this local subsistence economy. The Real Uganda raises funds for the school to help administrators operate and expand. Since 2007, we’ve donated iron sheets, bricks and cement to help build the initial classroom buildings. In 2012, we built a clinic there and continue to help keep it stocked with much needed malaria meds, anti-biotics and painkillers. Today, we aim to pay teachers wages on par with government run schools, $150 per month. Currently, the teachers are paid half that. As a result, staff turn-over is high and quality of education is low.
In order to pay qualified teachers, year round, living wages, we need about $7,500 - the school will match this amount with a further $7,500, so all teachers can be paid a fair wage.