The main objective of the Kiwanuka Foundation is to establish a scholarship programme which allows each year’s best pupils of the primary school to enter a secondary school.
In Uganda these are mostly boarding schools with tuition fees of about € 600 to € 700 per pupil. The costs for a university education can reach up to € 1000 per pupil. The Kiwanuka Foundation aims at finding persons or organisations who want to make it possible for one child to finish secondary school education. During their study time the girls will be actively coached by one of the teachers of the primary school.
The foundation also has the intention to financially support continuation courses after secondary school. Since 2005, the first student, Wanyana Prossy is supported in this way during her secondary and university education. She now works as a teacher "food and nutrition" at a high school in Uganda.
Thanks to the support of our foundation, on January 2016, 26 girls were able to start in secondary school and 15 girls have completed their education as a nurse, teacher, hotel management/catering. 1 Girl has finished her bachelor education.
Since its establishment the Kiwanuka Foundation has been striving to provide the school with materials stimulating teaching and learning. What we have achieved so far: we have bought school desks and writing materials, we have provided enough school books, the choir has received uniforms, and the theatre and dancing group costumes. We have also provided recorders and other small musical instruments. Playground equipment has been installed and the children of the highest classes can enjoy a yearly school outing which allows them to discover their own beautiful Uganda. There also is a small library in one of the school buildings and the teachers have started additional training programmes.
During the last years all the school buildings have been gradually improved. Leaking roofs have been renovated (a number of classes were unusable in the rainy season), floors in the classes repaired, window frames and doors replaced and painted, and stucco applied to the walls. Thanks to the support of the Kiwanuka Foundation the Saint Cecilia School in Villa Maria got a beautiful and solid appearance. ‘Our buildings shine in the sun’.
Until recent years the schoolchildren daily needed to go to the contaminated spring in the forest for water. Thanks to the installation of three large water tanks this is no longer needed. During the rainy season the tanks are filled with water and this way drinking-water is available for the children all year round.
Each school day a plate of porridge
Most children have to cover a big distance on foot from home to school and back. Many of them leave home without breakfast. Enough food and a filled stomach are important to pay attention during class, that is why the children get a plate of porridge at lunchtime, thanks to Kiwanuka. With the support of our foundation stoves have been built allowing to prepare big volumes of porridge in an environment-friendly way (with less wood).
Kiwanuka also helped in improving the sanitary conditions. As there was no sewer system near the school, there was an urgent need for new sanitary facilities. By now so-called pit privies have been installed. This classical solution (‘a hole in the ground’) has been chosen because the children are used to it as they have it at home too.