LOCATED IN MUBAKU VILLAGE, UGANDA
The women empowerment center is in operation. Here women are learning how to use the foot-powered sewing machines to make clothes.
|Jan 24, 2021 UPDATE: Due to generous gifts quickly received, The school has been repaired!
On Tuesday, Dec 8, Mubaku was hit by a freak thunderstorm with very strong winds. The end wall of the school building was damaged while the school was in session. Fortunately, that classroom was not occupied when bricks fell into the room as only the two upper grades have been allowed to reopen due to government COVID19 restrictions.
According to the teachers on-site, they thought it was an earthquake as the whole building shook.
We have an urgent need for a few thousand dollars to rebuild the wall, repair the roof and replace the damaged doors on the school latrine.
The new building which contains three nursery and lower grade classrooms and the women’s empowerment center appears to have suffered no damage. We still need to raise about $8,000 to complete and furnish the second building but repairing the existing building is the main priority.
If you are willing to help please go to Mubakuschool.org/donate
Any amount will help.
|IMPORTANT UPDATE: In March 2020, the Ugandan government has ordered all schools closed due to COVID-19. Currently, P5 and above have started meeting. Bright Future School is currently holding classes for P5 and P6, but the rest of the school is closed. In addition, the local lodges are closed, which eliminated one of the few sources of jobs.|
We have broken ground for the school’s second building, a three classroom nursery school building which will also include a Women’s Empowerment Center. The Women’s Empowerment Center will enable women from the village the ability to make and sell crafts. The proceeds from the sales will help support the school and Mubaku families while their children attend the Nursery School.
For more information read the August Mubaku Educational Foundation Newsletter#3
This new building will be named in honor of Nancy Wright, a long time supporter of the school. Nancy passed away shortly after attending the dedication of the Primary School Classroom Building on September 8, 2019. The people of Mubaku village have requested that the new building be named in her honor. Read more about Nancy’s contribution to Mubaku in our November 2019 Mubaku Educational Foundation Newsletter #2.
Nov 2, 2020: Women Empowerment Center meeting
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.
Fortunately, there are two organizations, MUCCO, a village based grassroots group, and MEF, a California-based non-profit who are working 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. This was done through an outpouring of love from both visitors and friends – a total of 226 donors.
In addition, we managed to get 92 of the 205 students 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 year, 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. In March, we broke ground for a three-room nursery school and for a Women’s Empowerment Center. 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…
Contribute what you can to the building fund. Any amount will help.