Education is no weight to carry - Helping to educate vulnerable children in Uganda

News from Uganda

Currently, our funds are being spent on supporting a group of 14 vulnerable and orphaned children being cared for by Sr Theresa in Fort Portal and in supporting the school fees for a class of children (Primary 4) at the Good Shepherd Special Needs School. We do have some other plans up our sleeve... read on to find out more.

Supporting Vulnerable Children - Carolyne’s Story

Carolyne’s story is typical of the children who are looked after by BAO. Carolyne is an orphan and was found by Sr Theresa in a local village when she was 3 years old.

Rather than place her in an orphanage, Sr Theresa took her in and provided love and shelter and nursed her back to health. By means of generous donations she was able to send her to school from nursery to Primary 7.

In 2014 Carolyne achieved some of the highest scores in the country in her school exams (which was announced on Ugandan national radio and television!)

BAO has helped pay for Carolyne to go to school where she has gone from strength to strength, and is now regarded as one of the most gifted children in her school. With our help in supporting her ongoing education, we hope that she can achieve her goals!

BAO supports 14 children like Carolyne, we provide funds for care, uniforms and schooling.

Children supported by this project have benefitted by accessing an education that will raise their status and value within their community, foster their long term self-sufficiency and help to protect them from exploitation. They also benefit from vocational training, health education, balanced diet and living in a safe and secure place.

  • Children receive guidance and counselling.

  • Sensitization on health, how to eat a balanced diet, how to look after their bodies as they grow, sleeping under mosquito nets, drinking boiled water. Also talking about the dangers of AIDS which is rampant in Uganda.

  • The land which is currently not used for teaching purposes is being used for farming and cultivation of vegetables and other crops to feed these children and help them learn how to grow their own vegetables and crops. The project has cows, dairy goats, pigs, a few chickens and fish so that children can have a balanced diet.

Link and Learn- 2015 School Partnership

2015 has seen BAO link with the charity Helping Uganda’s Schools (HUGs), another UK-based charity supporting the education of children in Uganda. HUGs helped to build the Good Shepherd Special Needs School in Fort Portal in 2008 and they continue to support the running of this school. Having visited the school ourselves in 2013 we were keen for BAO to get involved.

As well as linking with HUGs, this year we have established a link between St Gabriel’s RC High school in Bury (long term supporters of BAO) with The Good Shepherd Special Needs School. Sr Theresa visited St Gabriel’s RC School in Bury in spring of 2015 and took back almost 50 letters from year 7-9 children for her pupils. The children are sharing experiences of their lives in the UK and looking to learn about children’s lives in Uganda. We hope this will be the beginning of a long term learning partnership.

Visitors to Uganda - 2014

In summer 2014 Jamie Clarke (a neighbour of the trustees Tom and Lydia) took a break from his university studies and chose to visit Uganda. As well as volunteering with another organisation Jamie visited Sr Theresa at the Good Shepherd Special School and spent some time with the children. “I am very thankful to BAO for putting me in touch with Sr Theresa and the children at The Good Shepherd School. The children are incredible and I think about them every day. It was good to see first hand how the money being raised by BAO helps these children – it really does make a huge difference. I cannot wait to go back!”

Should you have family or friends who would like to visit Uganda, please do contact us and we can provide you with some contacts and travel advice.

What Next?

In 2016, we are hoping to build accommodation for a group of orphans in Western Uganda. These orphans currently live in very small, cramped and uncomfortable housing. In partnership with HUGS we plan to build a new living quarter for these children which will vastly improve their quality of life.

We also hope to set-up further school partnerships with North West Schools. Our aim is to ultimately have the 7 Good Shepherd School Classes linked and supported by 7 schools in the UK.

Please contact us should your school be interested in this scheme.