First Brick School Building
Finished August 2019 at a cost of $23,911 USD
September 8, 2019, was truly a memorable day! Six donors from California had the honor of attending the Official Opening Celebration of the four completed Bright Future Primary School classrooms and the latrine building. The Hon. Bigirwa Nora, the female Member of Parliament for the Bulissa District, spoke and cut the ribbon to open the school officially.
It was a day of celebration, music, dancing, village fundraising, and also a time to honor the top students from each academic level. As was evidenced on the day of the celebration, the new classrooms have already become a vital part of the village. Hundreds traveled a great distance on foot to attend the opening celebration, many of whom took refuge in the classrooms overnight due to a thunderstorm and downpour that made travel to their homes very difficult, if not impossible. (Note: Rain during a celebration is considered a blessing in Uganda.)
As of September 2019, there are now 8 teachers with 175 children attending the school. They have already outgrown our new building and are still using the shade structure for the nursery school classes. There are still just as many kids in the village whose parents can’t afford to send all their children to school. The villagers are mostly subsistence farmers with little income.
More pictures of the celebration are at the bottom of this page.
Scroll down to see the progress from start to current status.
These pictures document the start to the completion of Mubaku Bright Future School’s first four classrooms.
Work was completed on the foundation for the four-room schoolhouse in the spring of 2018
With the contributions raised during Charles’ visit to the USA in early Nov 2018, materials were purchased and delivered. (Nov 20, 2018)
Sample Material Costs
150 bags of cement at 33,000 UGX (Ugandan Shillings) $8.90 USD each, with transportation costs of 3,500 UGX (0.94 USD each) have arrived on site.
6 Truckloads of red soft soil at 150,00 UGX ($40.47 USD each) to fill in the floor before pouring the final slab.
4 Truckloads of rocks so far at a total cost of 1,400,00 UGX ($377.68 USD)
Charles is buying locally sourced materials whenever available. Local labor is being hired, so the project benefits the kids with a new schoolhouse and the village.
The engineer (Contractor) came on-site on Tuesday (Nov 27th), and work started on the building.
Nov 28, 2018 progress: Bricklaying has begun!
Nov 30, 2018 progress: Bricklaying continues! Working on scaffolding for the upper part of the walls.
Dec 1st, 2nd, and 4th Work Continues
Another 6,700 locally made bricks purchased at the cost of 1,675,00 Ugandan Shillings or $448.68
Dec 5, 2018: Early morning on the worksite. Work is progressing on interior walls.
Dec 9, 2018: The plate beams are in!
The beams took a little longer than expected because of arranging the timbers, putting up the rebar (called iron bars in Uganda), and mixing up the aggregates.
The Contractor (called the engineer in Uganda) advised Charles that after he finishes the wall plate, he will give it time to set before starting on the roof, so in case of cracks, he can fix that before roofing starts.
While they wait for the walls to cure, they will add soft soil to the classroom floors to prepare for pouring the floor.
Dec 22, 2018: All the walls are completed!
Dec 23, 2018: All Walls Complete!
Work remaining to be done:
- Finish the floor
- Construct roof
- Plaster walls
- Install windows and doors
- Construct the veranda
- Add toilets to site
Jan 25, 2019: Materials for the roof, doors, and windows are arriving!
Jan 26, 2019: Construction is underway again!
Jan 29, 2019: Roof is Completed!
Feb 8, 2019: Plastering walls and mounting blackboards
Feb 8, 2019: Preparing the floors for finishing
Jan 24 to Feb 14, 2019: Building the latrine.
Feb 22, 2o19: Progress on the site continues.
June 29, 2o19: Classes are held in the new building!
July 8, 2o19: The children are working hard to make the compound of their new school clean and beautiful.
August, 2o19: Floors are in!
Sept and Oct, 2o19: Finishing the building.
To handle the expansive soil, a short wall is built so that the soil movement affects the short wall instead of the building walls. Then the space between the two is cemented over, so water runs away from the main walls.
Sept 8, 2019 Dedication of the school
The children with the highest grades were honored during the dedication. The parents were so excited that they danced up with their kids — such joy.
There was so much dancing at the dedication. It was interesting how this dance started with just one woman singing, and then drums were added. Then people started joining in. It was so fun!
This is what matters to us. Students arriving to use a school to gain the advantage that education will give them, their families, and their village.
All contributions through this website go to the Mubaku Educational Foundation (MEF), which sends the funds to Uganda.
On March 11, 2019, Mubaku Educational Foundation (MEF) was granted tax-exempt 501(c)3 status by the IRS. (#83-3206945)