The Saint Cecilia School in Villa Maria is a primary school with seven classes and about 600 girls. The government of Uganda pays the (humble) salaries of the teachers and provides a very little amount of money for the teaching materials.
A large part of the children are orphans or half orphans as a result of the Aids disaster and therefore the school hardly receives any tuition fee from the parents.
For the maintenance of the buildings, for some additional teaching materials, for the bringing of some joy into de lives of the children with otherwise little hope for a good future, the school has to turn to… Yes, to whom? The Kiwanuka Foundation wants to contribute to a better future for them. Although Villa Maria is a village, it has a regional function due to the presence of some schools and a small hospital. Some of the children have to walk for hours to come to school.
The school and surroundings
The Banabikira sisters
Sister Gertrude is the head of the school. She belongs to the order of Banabikira, also called the order of the daughters of the Virgin Mary. Their blue clothing is striking.
This Ugandan order is active in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania, and mainly operates schools and hospitals. The mother house is situated at 5 kilometres distance from the Saint Cecilia School. In the mother house the novices receive their religious training and the elderly nuns are taken care of. There are schools and there is a centre for hearing impaired and seeing impaired children.
Today the school has nine teachers. Most of the teachers live in poor houses near the school. These young people work with lots of energy and creativity in order to provide a better future for the girls of the school. Therefore these teachers deserve the support of the Kiwanuka Foundation. One of the teachers thanked the Foundation with the beautiful words: ‘thanks to you we are proud of our school and we love working here’.
Results of the Kiwanuka Foundation
In the past years the Kiwanuka Foundation has seen to it that e.g.:
The buildings were restored in good condition again
That water tanks were built
That more teaching materials were provided
A small library installed
The children now present their school with pride in music and dance performances.
Thanks to the foundation the teachers receive extra training and more than 34 talented girls continue their education at a secondary school.
Proudly, the children present their school by acting as a dance or music group. Due to Kiwanuka, 26 talented girls now follow secondary school. 13 girls have already finished secondary school and are now following superior vocational training to become a nurse, a teacher, hotel management/catering or are studying at university. 14 girls have already completed their education as a nurse and 1 girl finished her bachelor education at the university. These 15 girl all have found a job and are able to take care of themselves and can contribute to the welfare of their family.
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