The Importance of Building a Dorm

3D Rendering of Proposed Dorm

The village has decided that a dorm for at-risk girls and boys is their next greatest need. There are several reasons that the dorm is needed to help ensure the highest level of success for our students.

 AIDS has left Uganda with one of the highest percentages of orphans per capita in the world. The dorm would create a semi-permanent home for these children and provide them with both emotional and academic support. 

Proposed Location of Dorm on  Master Plan for Main Campus

Until recently, education for girls was not a priority for many families. We are excited that we currently have more girls than boys enrolled at the school. However, many of these girls are not as successful academically as the boys, as they are expected to perform many household tasks upon returning from school and are left with little time to study. This is true to a lesser degree for the boys. In addition, early pregnancy is prevalent in the village, resulting in a large dropout rate for the girls. Housed students are able to focus on their studies and avoid many of the roadblocks to matriculation. 

Most schools in Uganda are mixed day and boarding schools.. Our plan is to give the families the option, dependent upon their needs, desires, and ability to pay. Currently, more than half our students attend on full scholarship and we will seek the same support for our residential students. 

Building a dormitory doesn’t happen overnight. MEF worked with MUCCO to finalize the construction and operations budget.  The construction budget will be roughly $20,000 USD.

Construction Plans for the Dorm

The dorm will be able to house up to 24 boys and up to 34 girls by using bunk beds. There will be separate quarters for the matron.

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Funds Raised

As of January 6, 2024, $6,525 of the budget of $21,000 has been raised and sent to Uganda. See the donations at work below! There has been a drop in the exchange rate for the US Dollar, which means the costs in US Dollars could be higher.

 

Oct and Nov 2021: Supplies are arriving as funds become available

Oct 9, 2021: First delivery of brick

Oct 9, 2021:First Delivery of Sand (School Latrine in the background)

Oct 9, 2021: Supplies showing first school building in the background)

Nov 20, 2021: The cement for the foundation has arrived

Dec 16, 2021:  Foundations of the dorm being dug. We need to raise $700 to get the skilled workers on-site to start the foundation bricklaying.

 

Jan 4, 2022: Foundation bricks laid

Jan 4, 2022: Rosemary Aweko has been taking care of the school while it has been closed and watching over the first phases of the dorm construction.  She is the deputy headteacher at the school. She teaches the nursery section.

Jan 4, 2022: View of the foundations looking toward the latine (on the left ) the original for classroom building (on the right).

Jan 4, 2022: View of the foundation from the other corner, looking toward the open area where the children play football (soccer)

Feb 2022: Walls are rising!

 

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.