Students happily showing off their toothbrushes, received through RMF thanks to Direct Relief’s in-kind donation
Direct Relief Donation
In the first quarter of 2019, RMF received a consignment of toothbrushes for Mama Kevina Comprehensive Secondary School from Direct Relief. The toothbrushes arrived through the Mombasa seaport in Kenya and were transported to the school premises in Tororo, Uganda. They were received by RMF Uganda Country Director Naku Charles Lwanga and handed over to the school administration for distribution among the students.
These supplies were crucial in our efforts to provide personal hygiene materials to support students’ health. Mama Kevina Comprehensive Secondary School is a boarding school, and therefore the students are required to have such materials. However, orphans and students from underprivileged families often arrive without personal hygiene products, and it can be challenging for the school to continually provide these to the students.
The head teacher of Mama Kevina Comprehensive Secondary School receiving the consignment, together with a group of student leaders
Supporting Health and Hygiene
The school administration was pleased with this gesture, and they continue to be grateful to RMF and our donors, Direct Relief and World Children’s Fund, for our tireless efforts to support the school. We are proud to empower the neediest children in the region through a quality education that was only a dream to many of them, as well as supporting the children’s health with essential supplies such as toothbrushes.
The students were also happy to receive the toothbrushes. Many of the children are orphans or come from very needy families, whose parents continue to overlook certain requirements for basic hygiene and consider this as a luxury that they can do without.
The happiness that we continue to spread through RMF to our beneficiaries is fulfilling!
Understanding that not all students would know how to use a toothbrush, every class was taught how to use a toothbrush. Each student was given a toothbrush and instructed to follow what the teacher was demonstrating and explaining. It was a great and joyful moment for students receiving a toothbrush and lesson on how to use it, as you can see in the photos. The distribution of the toothbrushes was launched by RMF Country Director Naku Charles Lwanga, who traveled to the school from Kampala especially for the occasion.
The teachers were at the forefront of distributing the toothbrushes to the students.
Making a Difference
In conclusion, Direct Relief’s assistance rendered to RMF Uganda is very relevant, and our team is pleased with the support we have been able to provide to beneficiaries of our different programs, including students at the Mama Kevina Comprehensive Secondary School. RMF continues to pursue our goal of Liberating Human Potential and identifying relevant beneficiaries. Thank you, Direct Relief!
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
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.