Mubaku Bright Future School
– Dedicated to Educating the Children of Mubaku Village, Uganda –
|In 2014, the Mubaku community was in desperate need of a school. They knew there was no government funding available, so it would have to be self-funded. Enough parents signed up to hire the first teacher and Mubaku Community Conservation Organization (MUCCO) was able to start the Bright Future School. The first classes were held under a tree. Initially, they had to stop enrollment at 73 Children as the school only had one teacher. In 2015, the school was able to add two more teachers. Over time, tourists gave the school enough funds to purchase land and build a shade structure.
The Mubaku Education Foundation (MEF) was founded in 2018 to support the children and their families, along with the staff of the Bright Future School, in Mubaku, Uganda. In late 2018 and early 2019, fundraising campaigns in the village, Europe, and North America raised enough from 190 donors to build and furnish the first four classrooms, an office, and a storage room. On Sept 8, 2019, the first brick school was dedicated. On July 2021 the second building was complete.
Currently, over 250 donors have enabled the village of Mubaku Uganda to build and operate seven classrooms, a Women’s Empowerment Center (WEC), ensure a safe water supply, and address emergency needs such as repairing the damage from the windstorm of Dec 8, 2020, that damaged the first building.
MEF – Accomplishments to Date:
First Brick School Building; Finished Sept 2019
Attendance was 135 children in 2018. With the completion of the first building, attendance increased to 205 children.
Thanks to the generosity of our donors, 98 children are currently attending on scholarships, 60 of which are girls who otherwise would not be able to attend.
Nancy Wright Building; Finished July 2021
The Women’s Empowerment Center is already enabling women from the village to make and sell clothing and crafts.
Attendance is 215 children for 2020 summer term.
The school needs $1,5000 to purchase more tables, bookcases, books, and other supplies. Please consider contributing to get the new building fully operational.
The village has decided that a dorm for at-risk girls and boys is their next greatest need. The reason the villagers give for this decision is that providing at-risk students housing at the school helps keeps those students safe while providing greater academic opportunities.
Building dormitories, however, doesn’t happen overnight. MEF worked with MUCCO to finalize the construction and operations budget. The construction budget will be roughly $20,000 USD.
Until we are able to raise the needed funds, 24 of the highest at-risk students are being housed in two of the existing classrooms. Bunk beds have been purchased to accommodate them. Students staying in the “makeshift dormitories” are being supervised by Teacher Winnie and are provided with three meals a day. The Mubaku School leadership team has determined that it will cost $150 per year to house and teach each student staying in the dorms.
For more information read the June 2021 Mubaku Educational Foundation Newsletter#4
In March 2020, the Ugandan government ordered all schools closed due to COVID-19. In Jan 2021 schools reopened for grades P5 and higher. On May 17, 2021, all classes except nursery baby class and middle class resumed. On Jun 7th, Uganda went into a nationwide lockdown due to an increase in COVID-19 deaths and the school closed again. As of Sept 12, 2021, the school is preparing to reopen.
Uganda has one of the lowest COVID-19 deaths per million rates in the world. This has been accomplished by rapidly shutting everything down when COVID-19 cases start to rise.
A large impact is that the local lodges closed, which eliminated one of the few sources of jobs. Lodges are slowly reopening.
Schooling in Mubaku, Uganda
There is limited free schooling in Uganda. Government schools are far apart and are poorly staffed with up to 100 children per class. For Mubaku Village, the nearest school requires the children to walk over an hour through an area with many baboons. Most parents choose to not send their children to school rather than risk them being attacked by the baboons. For that reason, the villagers decided to form their own school.
As there is no government support for the school, the entire cost for both building and supporting the school is borne by the villagers, who are mostly subsistence farmers with very little income. For this reason, parents often send only one child from the family, and usually, the girls stay home to help with household duties or get married as young as 13 or 14 years old.
There are two organizations, MUCCO, a Mubaku village-based grassroots group, and MEF, a California-based non-profit who work together to help realize the dream of building a proper school for the village. Since MEF joined the effort in 2018, we have managed to build a four-room school for the primary students, a three-room nursery school, and a Women’s Empowerment Center. This was done through an outpouring of love from both visitors and friends – over 250 donors.
In addition, 98 of the 205 students are sponsored for this school year – so their parents would not need to pay the annual school fee. By providing scholarships, it means that more kids from each family can attend Bright Future School. In just the past years, the enrollment at the school has more than doubled and the number of girls now attending has increased at a fast rate.
But this is just the beginning. We would also like to ensure that any child who wants to attend school can, even if their parents can’t afford to pay the school fees.
HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP
Sponsor a child for $50/ year, which will pay their entire school expenses, including uniforms, books, and supplies, and hot lunch daily, … or…
Sponsor an at-risk child or orphan to live in the dorms for $150/ year, which will pay for their housing, clothing, hygiene supplies, meals, and school expenses, including uniforms, books, and supplies,, … or…
Contribute what you can to the building fund. Any amount will help.