We’re in Africa Now! Follow our Live Blog

Devaki with Mwebaza penpalsDevaki Douillard, our Development Assistant, is currently visiting our partner schools in Uganda and Kenya. She is posting daily blogs with the latest updates of our progress with lots of great pics too! If you’re a student, leave a comment with your penpal’s name and she might be able to post a photo of them and a greeting! If you’re not a student, she’d still love to hear your comments and thoughts. She is working on documentary interviews, scholarship programs, solar panel purchases, 2 new school building constructions, and sustainable lunch programs. Whew!

Follow her on this exciting journey from June 30th-July 26th. Go to the Africa Trip blog!

Book Sale Success

DSC_0042This spring, The Mwebaza Foundation’s 6th Annual Book Sale Fundraiser was a huge success! This year, Niwot Elementary and Eagle Crest Elementary held separate book sales. This allowed each school to send all funds it raised directly to its own individual partner school.
The funds raised at Niwot Elementary are allocated for the construction of a new secondary/middle school in the nearby town of Nkungulutale. This new school will accommodate students who graduate from Mwebaza Primary School and middle school students from the village of Nkungulutale.
The funds raised at Eagle Crest Elementary will assist in the development of a sustainable lunch program at their partner school, Empakasi Primary School in Kenya.
Altogether, the funds raised from the sale of second-hand books, framed batiks, and beautiful African beaded jewelry amounted to an astounding $4,900. The Mwebaza Foundation sincerely thanks all the volunteers and participants of this year’s book sales.

School Building Construction Update

SCAN0027As we broke ground for the new school buildings at Nkungulutale and Nkokonjeru, we quickly realized that it was a more efficient use of resources to concentrate on constructing one school at a time. So we decided to complete St. Paul Primary School’s building first, before constructing a new secondary school at Nkungulutale. This is due to the fact that St. Paul School is already serving children in a shed-like structure with dirt floors.

After months of hard work preparing the site and laying the foundation, the walls went up, the bathrooms and hand washing stations were installed, and once the roof is on, the new primary school at St. Paul will be complete! We will soon move our attention to the construction of Nkungulutale’s new secondary school that will also serve graduating students from Mwebaza Primary School. We estimate this school will be completed much faster since it is not located in such a remote area and since our contractors are familiar with the design of the school building, which is identical in design to the building, constructed for St. Paul students.

New School Construction Underway

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The design for the new schools at Nkungulutale and St. Paul includes four classrooms that surround a covered gathering space, a kitchen, office, utility room and a detached toilet facility. The classrooms will have lots of natural light and will also include electricity for lighting and technology provided by a solar power system planned for the roof of each school. Rainwater will be collected from the roofs of the school buildings and toilet facilities in order to provide drinking and washing water. The layout of the school is intended to enhance access to future school projects, including gardens, orchards, and chicken yards.