Our link with Uganda through AICM started in 2017. Rwamahano and Murubindi primary schools are in mountainous, rural south west Uganda where the Batwa people live in challenging geographical and economic circumstances. The two schools have around 250 pupils between them. Children in Stanton Harcourt school have exchanged letters with children in Uganda and we have been raising money for the schools.
Our first milestone was raising £2148.27 to fund solar panels for Rwamahano school. Teachers can now work in the evenings; charge mobile phones enabling access to the internet; and run evening classes for adults. Our next campaign was ‘Hungry Minds, Hungry Bodies’ and we raised enough to feed lunch to all the children at both schools for nine weeks, costing around £23 a day.
We value this link very highly as it benefits us all: the children in Uganda benefit from practical assistance in their education; and children in Stanton Harcourt benefit from a window into the wider world and the lives of others. More information about the schools and the work of AICM can be found on their website: http://www.aicm.org.uk/
Home Learning Packs for Key Stage 2 children
Our link schools closed in March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic and have only recently (April 2021) started to welcome some children back. The children had very few resources at home with which to continue their education so as part of our Harvest celebration we launched an appeal to raise money to send Home Learning Packs to 150 Key Stage 2 children. Each pack cost £5 and contained pens and pencils, blank exercise books, Maths, English and Science work books, Bible stories, a maths set and soap.
The packs were hugely appreciated by teachers and children alike. Teachers were able to host sessions at school where children could bring their materials for marking and further guidance; and they were also able to go and visit the children in their communities to support their learning.
We hope to announce our next fundraising focus before long. If you have any questions about our link with Uganda, please contact Mrs Atherstone.