Desks for the Good News Primary School in Uganda
Organized by: Spring Sutter
Last year, while working on the Disney film, "Queen of Katwe", in Uganda, I met Apollo. Apollo is a livery cab driver who founded a primary school in a very poor section of Kampala. When I met him his school was only a year old, but enrollment had increased from 38 to 170 students. News had spread that, at the Good News Blessings Primary Academy, experienced teachers had volunteered to give up more established teaching positions to educate children who would otherwise not have the opportunity to attend school.
When the doors opened In 2014, Apollo literally had only a few dollars saved from cab driving, his teachers, and an arranged food packet delivery for the kids from Feed the Hungry. Many children in Uganda are never able to go to school because the families cannot afford the school fees. What Apollo and the teachers are doing is priceless for the 170 children who are now in their classrooms. They work non-stop, picking up the students from their homes when necessary, being sure they are clothed and fed, and nurturing their education. And, they offer this for as many children as they can with limited financial support.
Apollo was so excited about the school that I had to visit. I decided to help the teachers build a small library, as they had no reading materials. We then discussed what other basic items the school needed to make the environment even more conducive to learning. The administrators and the children gather each day in a large, dirt-floored barn. The youngest children learn their letters and numbers in a circle on the ground. The older children are sometimes able to use a bench as a writing surface, as they follow the required educational curriculum set by the educational board in Uganda. The teachers are loving and kind, but also determined that the children get the same education as children who's families can afford other schools, despite the bare setting and resources.
Recently, I asked Apollo how much he thought it would cost to have simple benches and desks built for the teachers and the students. We priced some local labor and materials and realized we could build what they need for $1250.
I hope you will help me raise this money for this wonderful school! The administration and student body deserve this simple gift, and I know it would help this heartfelt venture not only continue, but grow. If you're like me, you know that supporting education is the first step to helping so many other issues. Thank you so much for any amount you care to share with us!