Mama Kevina Comprehensive Secondary School Project, Tororo, Uganda
The Mama Kevina 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 and is located just a few kilometers outside of the town of Tororo in Eastern Uganda, about 200 kilometers from the capital, Kampala.
Mama Kevina Comprehensive Secondary Schoolwas 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.
Starting at the beginning of the Second Quarter of 2012, the World Children’s Fund started significant financial support of the school's operational funding. This funding is being used to cover the school’s various operational expenses, enabling it to significantly raise the level of academics and support for the orphans. This will also enable the school to attract more paying students and work towards becoming self-sufficient.