March 2017 to March 2019 - A Community Transformed!
In March 2017 representatives of Classrooms for Africa visited a school in the rural village of Migamba, approximately 12 kilometers off the main road between Kampala and Fort Portal in Uganda. Although the village is small, the welcome for the group was very large. Leaders of Migamba Hillside Primary School had applied for help in funding permanent classrooms for the over 500 students they serve. Migamba is situated at the junction of a number of tribal territories. As a result the school population is drawn from many different tribal groups which settled in the area.
The team found that Grade 1 through 7 students were housed in temporary mud and stick buildings, while the over 200 nursery-age students crowded into a small mud and stick church on the site. The classrooms had very little furniture and many of the children were sitting or kneeling on the earth floors. The staff were very dedicated to providing education for these children in spite of the inadequate facilities. Because the school had a good reputation in the local community, students walked from many kilometers away to attend classes.
By January 2018 a donor came forward who has, over the past 18 months, sponsored the building of ten classrooms and an office/administration area to accommodate the now well over 600 students.
In June 2019 two Classrooms for Africa board members attended a grand opening celebration of the new facilities which was attended by many local dignitaries, community members and parents.
The contribution of the donor to the well-being, education and future of both the students and whole community of Migamba Village is very significant and much appreciated. Thank you, again and again!