Uganda: Mama Kevina Comprehensive Secondary School Project

World Children's Fund Mama Kevina School - Q1 2016 Progress Report

June 04, 2016
Naku Charles Lwanga


Summary of Activities

Mama Kevina Comprehensive Secondary School is both an orphanage and a boarding school that provides education and care for orphans in Eastern Uganda. The boarding school caters to both orphans and some local paying students. The school is located just a few kilometers outside of the town of Tororo in Eastern Uganda, about 200 kilometers from the capital, Kampala.

Current Project Goals
  • Provide education funding for underprivileged children at World Children’s Fund Mama Kevina Secondary School
  • Support operational costs and administration in payment of staff salaries and daily running of school programs
  • Supply school textbooks and laboratory and chemistry equipment for science practices
  • Supply computers to equip students and staff with computer skills
  • Fund students’ extra-curricular activities geared toward talent development
  • Support the school in feeding the students a balanced diet in order to enhance the health and growth of the children
  • Support the school with medicines and medical supplies to allow the school nurse to treat the children on school premises and to continue decreasing cases of malaria among staff and students
  • Support of the school’s gardening project so that the school produces its own food, thereby reducing food costs
  • Support school with costs of candidates sitting for Uganda National Examinations
  • Provide funds for housing and other facilities such as dormitories, classrooms, and administration offices
Challenges
  • Lack of computers to train all students
  • In need of up-to-date textbooks
  • Some students who are HIV positive and are on ARVs need supplementary feeding to boost their immunity; this is a challenge to the school
  • Students who have completed senior four are unable to join the advanced level due to lack of school fees to continue
  • Staff quarters are needed to be able to fully utilize teachers
  • In need of a bus to support the school’s co-curricular activities
  • A multitude of orphans and vulnerable children are coming to the school to seek assistance and it is painful to turn their requests down

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Results &

Accomplishments

  • Ugandan students smiling in blue

    Academic Success

    A Great Start to 2016
    • Successful enrollment of new students to join senior one
    • The school is attracting more students who are able to pay
    • Classes have gone smoothly this period
    • Received impressive results for the national examinations—Students scored in grades one, two, and three, no failure was registered, and all the candidates may advance to the next level of education
  • Cooking beans in a pot

    Well-being

    Students Receive Health and Nutrition Services
    • Students are well-fed, which has improved their health and capacity for learning/concentration
    • A full-time nurse is employed to provide treatment to students and staff
    • The clinic is well-stocked
    • A visiting doctor is available to handle special cases and advised accordingly
    • A special focus is placed on reducing malaria through preventive and curative measures
    • Students, George and Dorothy, continue to receive treatment and care after their operations
  • Painted gate at school

    Financial Success

    On Target
    • Staff salaries, wages, and suppliers were promptly paid and the school is free from debt
    • All utility bills (e.g. electricity and firewood) incurred within the reporting period were paid
    • Purchased sufficient supplies, medicines, and food for the reporting period
  • School grounds green field

    Renovations

    Creating an Ambience Conducive to Learning
    • Continued maintenance, greening, and beautification of the school compound
    • Painted the school gate
    • Purchased new beds and painted old ones to ensure that children sleep comfortably
    • Improved the sewage system of the girls’ lavatory
    • Painted and made cosmetic improvements to the sickbay
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Background

& Objectives

Background

Mama Kevina Comprehensive Secondary School was opened in 2006 with international financial support, and with the goal of providing both secondary education and vocational training. The student population is mostly from Northern Uganda where many children have been affected by ongoing wars, floods and HIV/AIDS. Many of the students’ parents were killed by rebels or AIDS which left many of the children as orphans; some boys had been forced to be child soldiers. Enrolled at the school are students ranging in age from 11 to 24, who attend secondary grades 1 to secondary 4.


Objectives

Support World Children’s Fund Mama Kevina School with the following:

• Food supply for the students and staffs
• Support of the school garden work: planting of the maize, and now they are weeding
• Anti-malarial medication and mosquito net supplies for the students and staff
• Support the school clinic with other medications
• Payment of staff salaries
• Support computer purchases to teach IT skills
• Purchase of text books and other school teaching supplies
• Purchase of office equipment supplies like photocopier, printer, and office furniture
• Facilitate participating in community outreach and inter-house competitions with music, dance, drama, regional games and sports held in partnership with the Tororo District
• Support of infrastructure/constructions projects on campus

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Numbers

Served

Direct Beneficiaries
  • 403 students at World Children’s Fund Mama Kevina School
  • 30 staff members; both teaching and non-teaching staff
Indirect Beneficiaries

The entire population of Tororo and surrounding areas benefits; about 25,000 people have access to our programs.

  • Shop owners increased business
  • Maize grinding mills increased business
  • District local government receives taxes
  • Increased value of land
  • Reduced crime/slums in the area
  • Increased social services
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