Toowa Primary School (pronounced Toe-ah!) lies on the hills behind Lugazi one of Uganda’s busiest industrial towns. The school is the only centre for education for the children of some of the poorest families in the region. For example a local stone quarry provides employment for mothers who sit all day with a small hammer and a pile of large rocks reducing them to aggregate for making concrete. It is hard, taxing work but necessary if these mothers are to find a way to get their children to go to school…the only way out of the generations of poverty that have afflicted the community.
A local church, seeing the great need in their community, has begun the Toowa school in a bid to help the current generation to escape from poverty. The problem being that the ‘barter’ economy in the villages around Toowa means that they have little or no cash to pay for school fees, uniforms and materials.
Mission International has begun a programme of help for Toowa. The plan is to help fund teachers and pupil needs so that parents can send their children to school at a level they can afford.
There are currently more than 400 children attending Toowa Primary School; there are many more in the community who cannot afford to attend because their families are just so poor. It doesn’t cost much in western terms to send a child to Toowa school. Only £10 for the whole school year which provides school education, a lunch every day and uniform support.
Your support for this project will mean that many more children in an extremely poor region of Uganda will find hope in the quest to escape the grinding poverty that has held previous generations of their community for many, many years.
Current School Projects:
There are two simple projects which Mission International is raising funding for to help Toowa School.
The first is to provide a water harvesting project which will gather rainfall in the rainy season from the roofs of the school buildings and store the water in large tanks where it can be used throughout the year but in particular during the dry season. This will help the children a lot since they have to take time out of their school day to go, early in the morning and in the evening, to the river which is about a mile away, way down at the bottom of the hill. A regular clean water supply will help the overall hygiene of the pupils and staff and will help with cooking and washing.
Plastering & Cementing:
A second project is to plaster the walls in the school classrooms and concrete the floors as well as put windows in the classrooms. Currently it is dusty, especially when it is a windy day. The wind comes in the gaps (where there are supposed to be windows) and swirls around the walls and floors lifting lots of dust and making it difficult to listen and study. Plastering walls and cementing floors will reduce the areas where dust can collect and make it easier for the classrooms to be swept out. Adding windows will stop the wind gaining access so successfully and protect the classrooms from ingress of rain too.
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