LOCATED IN MUBAKU VILLAGE, UGANDA
|IMPORTANT UPDATE: The Ugandan government has ordered all schools closed due to COVID-19. Bright Future School is currently closed. The local lodges are closed, which eliminated one of the few sources of jobs.|
We have broken ground for the school second building, a three classroom nursery school building which will also include a Women’s Empowerment Center. The Women’s Empowerment Center will be where women from the village will be able to make and sell crafts to help support the school and their families while their children attend the Nursery School..
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.
May 25, 2020: Video Update from the construction site
Shows new construction and original structure.
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. It was 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 and have 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.
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 parent would not need to pay the annual school fee. The villagers are mostly subsistence farmers and have very little income. Often parents could only afford to send one child from the family and usually the girls stay at home to help with home duties or get married as young as 13 or 14 years old. 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 by 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 could, 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 expense, including hot lunch daily, or..
Contribute what you can to the building fund..any amount helps.