St. Paul's Primary School
Status: Waiting for a donor
St. Paul's Primary School is in the village of Naigobya about 50 km northeast of Jinja in Uganda. It is located on land owned by the Church of Uganda, and is operated by the Afayo Project, a non-profit organization, which trains teachers, promotes community empowerment and runs a farming initiative.
The community, although very poor, started the school five years ago. Due to lack of funds it struggled to survive until 2013 when Afayo took it over. Since that time enrolment has increased to over 330 students in pre-Kindergarten through Grade 7. The school has three small temporary wooden classrooms for Grade 1 through 3 students. In addition it has managed, with the help of donated funds, to lay the foundations for a five classroom block, of which three are completed to the stage of occupancy by the Grade 4 - 6 students. A fourth is nearly complete and a fifth still needs to be built. The Kindergarten classes meet in the small church building where different classes are taught in the same learning space. Although no children live at the school, they are fed a meal each school day, the farming project growing the food supplies needed.
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 the excellent farming project. It was clear that the teachers are doing a good job in spite of difficult circumstances. More classroom space is desperately needed soon. There are plans to construct a second five-classroom block to ease the situation when funds become available.
Building applied for
Application was made to Classrooms for Africa for a grant to help build the fifth classroom of the block already started and also to construct the additional five-classroom block still needed. 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 six classrooms is is $60,000. This project can be broken down into phases, each classroom costing $10,000 each. The community will contribute by making some bricks 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.