Uganda: high school expansion almost complete; farmland prepares for planting season

Photo: Our students are extremely excited about the new, additional building on campus that will be ready in time to host their upcoming national examinations.

We are happy to report that construction of a new school building on our main Uganda campus, which is phase two of our goal to get our high school fully accredited, is near completion. Construction should be finished in late September, just in time for the students to use the new building to take their national exams in October. This will be the first time that our students have been able to take their national exams at our high school — in years past, we had to take our students to other accredited schools elsewhere. But now that we have received a “center number” from the Uganda National Examination Board, we have the official status to allow students to take their national exams on the school premises. The new building on campus will house the examination hall, a new science lab, the school library, the computer lab with 30 computers, and more offices. We will also equip the science lab with all of the necessary science apparatuses, chemicals, solutions, shelves, lab tables, and chairs.

Our full accreditation will also enable us to enroll more paying students (which will allow us to offer more scholarships), give our students confidence that our school will be successful, and enable us to save money that would be spent by taking candidate students to other schools for their national exams. All of this will give our school more positive exposure. It will also greatly help establish the children’s future as they will be able to study in a registered and licensed school, thus giving them peace of mind as they pursue their studies. We currently have 250 students enrolled in our high school, and they are flourishing in their studies of math, English, geography, history, commerce, physics, chemistry, biology, fine art, economics, and agriculture.

PicFramePhoto inset: (Top-left): Students enrolled in our high school study a variety of subjects, including English, chemistry, economics, fine art, and many others. (Top-right): Our native-led team continues their hard work on our organic farmland, growing a wide variety of crops. (Bottom-left): A member of our native team tends to a handful of the 40 pigs being raised at our Uganda campus. (Bottom-right): Construction of the new school building on our Uganda campus is near completion.

Our native-led team continues their hard work on our organic farmland to diversify the types of crops we grow. They are currently preparing the land for the upcoming planting season which will occur when they receive more rain. We have experienced a long stretch of extremely hot, dry weather, so we hope to purchase an irrigation system in the future to increase production of our crops throughout the year. In addition to our original crop of potatoes, we are now also growing collard greens, eggplant, corn, beans, pumpkins, and coffee beans — we look forward to a bountiful harvest of these crops in December or January. This abundance ensures our farm staff’s employment, and helps to put a fresh-cooked nutritious lunch on our students’ plates every school day. In addition, safe drinking water from our well prevents numerous illnesses.

We are also currently raising 20 chickens, 15 turkeys, 40 pigs, and 5 cows, so we are able to provide the children with important vitamins and nutrients, and protein and fiber, to give them energy and strength. We raise a breed of pigs called Landrace pigs. Their sows produce large litters of piglets with very good average daily gain and high lean meat content ideal for pork production which adds protein to the children’s diets.

We look forward to reporting back about our students’ national exams and the harvest of our crops. We are thankful for your generous support which makes these improvements possible, blessing the lives of our students.

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