The School

What began as a school, has blossomed into so much more than that. The school itself consists of ten classrooms, a clinic, two latrines, a kitchen, an office, two water purifying systems, and a 20 acre farm. Our doors opened in Feb. 2013, educating 180 children. In 2014, our student population rose to 240. Our student enrollment for 2015 was 280. In 2016, the numbers rose to 330, and as of 2017, we are projecting 380 children attending our primary school.


Gardening

We are currently managing a 20 acre farm, and 6 farms locally within Kacerere. Crops grown help feed our students, and excess crops are sold to the general public to offset the cost of maintenance costs, teachers wages, and future projects. Crops include: maize, beans, cabbage, rice, potatoes and tomatoes. This will significantly reduce feeding costs and help pay teachers wages, books, medical supplies, etc. We understand the importance of tradition. However, we are looking to bring some modern farming ideas with this project. Specifically crop rotation, companion planting, irrigation and composting.


Clean Water

One of the most important aspects of this project. Contaminated water carries not only bacteria, but parasites. This is largely because the water is shared by surrounding communities and animals. It is estimated that every week about 400 children die from water borne illnesses, or every 15 seconds. Extended bellies are common in Kacerere, the cause being intestinal worms. Worms consume up to 20% of a child's daily intake. Per World Fact book, water borne illnesses in Uganda include: Hep A, Hep E, Typhoid, Leptospirosis, and Schistosomiasis.

We recently partnered with Clean Water for the World, an organization based out of Michigan, whose mission is to provide clean water to children all over the world. This wonderful organization donated two water purifiers. The first was installed in July 2013, the second in April 2015. Contaminated water is passed through a stainless steel tube containing an ultraviolet light. As the water passes by the light, it kills any parasites AND bacteria. The light is powered by a 12 volt battery, which is charged by a solar panel. This purifier can clean up to 200 gallons of water a day, and is good for 2 years!! This partnership was a HUGE SUCCESS and will save thousands of lives in the community!! To learn more about this amazing organization, please visit cleanwaterfortheworld.org


SAFE MOTHERHOOD PROGRAM

The World Health Organizations revealed some staggering numbers regarding childbirth for 2014. In the Congo alone, 21,000 women died due to complications during pregnancy and childbirth. That averages to one every twenty five minutes!!! More than 100,00 newborns die during or after birth. Our clinic provides basic medical care as well as provide women a safe place to deliver. In 2014, we birthed our first baby!! Our clinic is also treating malaria, typhoid, meningococcus, and pneumonia.