While war still raged in Gulu, Family Care Uganda (FCU) facilitated the collection and distribution of literally tons of aid, in the form of clothing, shoes and food for the care of many orphans gathered at Kora Abili and Cwero IDP camps. (IDP = Internally Displaced Persons, otherwise known as refugees).
In the course of doing so, they began working with Opira Michael, a trained teacher and university graduate, who was running a small make-shift school for orphans in the slums in Gulu.
Each of the children had lost one or both parents and often siblings as a result of the violence. They typically live with a relative or are the head of a child-headed household.
After learning of the very real challenges the care-givers of these orphans face, plus taking into account the reality of already economically challenged families who have taken in the children of relatives or friends who passed away during the war, the idea for establishing a fully-sustainable boarding school for orphans was born.
In the interim, a dilapidated, unused building has been completely renovated and serves as the temporary school. Once the new facilities are built on FCU’s land, this refurbished school building will then be given back to the Gulu Municipality to be used for other disadvantaged children.
Our teachers do their best to help these dear children rise above their circumstances and realize their tremendous inner potential.The students themselves have been very earnest in their studies, and know they’ve been offered a special opportunity in having school fees paid, uniforms and study needs supplied. They take it seriously and are at school at 7am sharp each morning, anxious to learn.
Even though learning English is a tremendous challenge for these students living in the north of Uganda who have hardly ever heard English spoken, the progress being made is exemplary. The teachers use the Ugandan curriculum, enhanced with the use of early learning and character-building materials along with whatever other means possible, to help these children do well in life.
The children, teachers and FCU staff are looking forward with keen anticipation to when the new classrooms and houses are built on the FCU property, enabling the transition to a fresh, clean, spacious learning and living environment.
The new property will be sustained through agricultural programs. In the meantime, we invite you to help make a difference in the lives of these orphans, by working with us to build a brighter future for them. Consider making a donation to help cover one or more items on the list of school operating costs below.
- Food for one month for the school—beans, maize flour and some veggies -- $200
- New cups and plates for daily lunch for the children (160) -- $160
- Teachers’ salaries for 9 teachers and 3 staff (2 cooks and a guard) per month -- $850
- Curriculum and record books throughout the 3 terms -- $200
- A bore well for the farm -- $6,000
No contribution is too small, and it will help these children achieve their dreams in spite of the harsh realities of their past.