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Desks for the Good News Primary School in Uganda

Organized by: Spring Sutter

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THE STORY:

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! 

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To This Fundraiser

$1,600

 

128% Raised of $1,250 Goal

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  • Spring

    $50

  • Christopher Russell

     

  • Becky Glupczynski

    $50

  • Aaron Levine

    $25

  • Jason

    $50

  • Travis

    $25

  • Jen Cox

     

  • Joice Lee Stewart

    $25

  • Janice Sutter

    $25

  • Angela Coleman

    $50

  • Sharon lomofsky

    $50

  • Adam

    $100

  • Emily McEvoy

    $50

  • Rana

    $50

  • Sally Douglass

     

  • Emily Rieman

    $25

  • Mike Drury

    $25

  • Andrea Ashton

    $25

  • Jeanette Scott

    $100

  • Tom Harshbarger

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Meg Mullen

    $50

  • Wanda Ropa

    $100

  • Amelia Macapia

    $25

  • Elizabeth Southworth

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Mary Sunshine

    $50

  • Shannon O'Keefe

    $25

  • Denise Penizzotto

     

  • Yvonne Isimeme Ibazebo

    $50

  • Lee-Ann Pinder

     

  • Carrie Omegna

     

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Donor Comments

Carrie Omegna

Carrie Omegna

1 year ago

Lee-Ann Pinder

Lee-Ann Pinder

Great initiative and wonderful that you achieved your goal! <3 1 year ago

Yvonne Isimeme Ibazebo

Yvonne Isimeme Ibazebo

DONATION: $50

Way to go Spring! 1 year ago

Denise Penizzotto

Denise Penizzotto

Best wishes in making this and other plans happen 1 year ago

Shannon O'Keefe

Shannon O'Keefe

DONATION: $25

Very cool! 1 year ago

Mary Sunshine

Mary Sunshine

DONATION: $50

1 year ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

For the children everywhere. 1 year ago

Elizabeth Southworth

Elizabeth Southworth

1 year ago

Amelia Macapia

Amelia Macapia

DONATION: $25

1 year ago

Wanda Ropa

Wanda Ropa

DONATION: $100

1 year ago

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