G.R.A.C.E. Christian School
Status: Waiting for a donor
G.R.A.C.E. Christian School is located on the large rural property of the G.R.A.C.E. Project in the village of Mbira, about 10 km from the town of Masaka in southern Uganda. The G.R.A.C.E Project is a Christian organization working with the Baptist churches of Uganda to help street children and orphans in their areas by providing education and family training. Apart from the school, the property accommodates a church, orphan homes, staff housing and a demonstration farm.
The school started in 2007 and currently serves 200 students from pre-Kindergarten through the first year of high school. Eighty of the students are orphans and board at the school, where they are cared for by the Uganda leader of the project, assisted by missionaries from North America. Presently the school has some completed rooms which serve as a library, office and 2 classrooms which presently the high school students use. There is also a partially completed classroom block for the primary students.The youngest primary students meet under a temporary shelter.
In March 2015 respresentatives of Classrooms for Africa visited the school, met with the leaders and toured the property. They were impressed by the efforts that are being made to serve the students and surrounding community, but it was clear that there is a shortage of completed permanent classrooms.
Building applied for
Application was made to Classrooms for Africa for a grant to help complete the existing primary block, adding one more classroom. Future building phases include another 3-classroom block for primary students and also a small secondary school block.Building materials include bricks, cement, wooden trusses, iron roofing, metal doors and windows. The building will be plasetered inside and outside and painted.
The total project cost of completing the primary block is $10,000. The community will contribute by making some bricks, help feed the workers and volunteering time as labourers.
Funds will be disbursed by Classrooms for Africa’s representative in Uganda who will also track the project and provide updates.