St. Jude High School
Status: waiting for a donor
St. Jude High School is located in the village of Kabirizi, in the Karujumba area of Kasese District, Western Uganda, not far from the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo. It lies in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains.
The school falls under the Catholic Diocese of Kasese and was started in 1999 by concerned parents who wanted to provide a solid education grounded on Christian principles. The land on which the school is situated is owned by the diocese. St. Jude is now registered with the Ugandan Ministry of Eductaion and Sports because of its record in inter-school sporting events.
Many of the 330 students come from disadvantaged or broken homes and struggle to pay the school fees. Those who have no stable home live at the school and to help cover their school and boarding costs by making bricks in the non-school days which are used to build classrooms. Children who graduate from a number of local primary schools feed into St. Jude. While the school has several classrooms already, they are short of permanent classroom space and also in need of a science laboratory to comply with Education Ministry regulations. Foundations were laid and walls partially built to provide for these needs, however the community cannot afford to complete the building.
Building applied for
Application was made to Classrooms for Africa for a grant to help complete the additional classrooms and science lab. Construction materials include bricks, cement, metal roof, timber, metal doors and windows.
$21,000 is needed to compete the project. In addition to the bricks made by the students, the school community will provide volunteer labour under the direction of the project management committee.
Donated funds will be disbursed by Classrooms for Africa’s representative in Uganda who will also track the project and provide updates.