Living Faith PRIMARY SCHOOL,
and their children, northwest Ethiopia
Orphans Club - Giving 150 AIDS
a new home - Project Initiator -
Margaret Boogere, mother of eight children and an elementary school teacher in Tororo - a small town in northwestern Uganda - was confronted with many abandoned children in the early 2000s, a situation in which the AIDS crisis had played a large roll. At first she took in 20 children, and subsequently began supporting other families in the community who had orphaned children in their care. Today, the Orphans Club includes 150 children. In bringing Margaret’s main goal to life, 40 children have completed school, college or training and become completely self-sufficient.
When a child leaves Club, a spot becomes available and is filled by a child aged 5-20 who are cared for and live together as a family. The project continues to be supported by the local Benedictines as it has for many years, despite doubling costs.
Today, this support is only sufficient for half of the 150 children, for whom school fees are covered. In the event that they attend boarding schools, they are offered regular visits to their Orphans Club families, as well as school clothing, materials and meals, even if they do not live at the boarding school.
The other half of the 150 children are supported from time to time by donors, or supported by Margaret herself.
To build a regular financial base that provides for the second half of the 150 children so the Orphan Initiative can continue to support all the children.
In some cases, training costs for further education are covered in the form of sponsorships, for example, when training as an operating room nurse, obtaining a public health master's degree, training as an electrical engineer, and training in skilled trades.
Ideally, 15,000 euros per year will be collected for these two initiatives
Primary and Secondary School -
St. Margeret’s Primary School of Living Faith - Project Initiators - Margeret Boogere and Tereza Nyamwenge
In addition to her initiative for 150 orphans - the Orphans Club - Margaret Boogere founded her own primary and secondary school in Tororo - a small town in northwestern Uganda - in 2014 so the orphans there could receive a quality education together with children from the local population. In the beginning, the school was built with the support of Swiss donors. Today, the school has six classrooms and ten teachers who teach between 150 and 200 students. All school graduates have been successful in the state final examinations set by the state, indicating the high quality of education
The school has the potential to be self-supporting when 400 or more students are registered, which would include sufficient teaching staff and salaries, and school fees for the children. However, the school requires the appropriate infrastructure to host this many students, including new classrooms. As there are no other qualitatively comparable schools in the area, establishing the necessary infrastructure would provide enough space for at least 400 students, and thus be able to generate enough funding to help subsidize the orphans from the Orphans Club for their schooling.
We plan to obtain state approval for the school in 2023 and complete the replacement buildings for the three wood classrooms. In the coming years, necessary buildings such as a new kitchen, dormitories for girls and boys, teaching supplies and administration buildings, playground, etc. will be built We also work on site with a civil engineer who is closely connected to the school and its aims. Once an AIDS-orphan himself, he was able to receive a quality education and now assists with the project where he can while overseeing all construction work on-site. We have had very good experiences with his work and with his support we implemented new washing and latrine structures a few months ago .
The total cost over the next three years will be around €60,000, and we are trying to get these investments together with associated donors. Until there are 350 - 400 students attending the school, the teachers' salaries need to be subsidized monthly. The teacher subsidy for the 10 teachers is about 1200 € per month.
Supporting single-parent women from Sudan - Project Initiator – Heimanot "Heimy"
Heimanot "Heimy", originally from Ethiopia, came to Germany 20 years ago. Today she lives in Frankfurt with her husband and two daughters.
Four years ago, she opened an Ethiopian restaurant with the goal of earning enough money to help single mothers and old women in her homeland in Bahir Dar.
Their vision is a plot of land with a women's shelter community where single women and elderly women live together and can support themselves economically by doing their own work such as baking bread, providing services, and more.
In the short term, she has supported 8 women by providing them (as far as possible) with money at regular intervals so the women and their children can support themselves. Each woman has her own story, and some have also taken in orphans from other families.
The goal in each case is to enable the women to become independent entrepreneurs by providing them with small amounts of start-up financing or support in times of need. Heimi's 75-year-old mother and her relatives assist on-site to ensure that the money reaches the people directly.
We want to support Heimy in her work on the ground in Ethiopia and to raise regular donations for the respective families in need.
The commitment is medium to long term, because even if the women earn their own money, there may be need for support in case of shortages and emergencies, or possibly for the education of the children.
Need per family is about €500.- per year.
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News from Uganda
St. Margaret living faith primary school, UGANDA
Construction plan for the extension is ready - land is purchased - teaching staff for 400 children is hired... what is missing
is the actual construction of new classrooms, teachers' quarters, kitchen, drinking water tanks & sanitary facilities..
St. Margaret Living Faith Primary School, UGANDA
PROJECT 2022 - 2023 new school buildings
There are currently several challenges
- The original building, which is made of wood, has been eaten away by termites and is in urgent need of replacement. Construction on new buildings needs to begin in the fall of 2023, as the dilapidated state of the existing building’s wooden beams could place the children in danger, and are currently supported by emergency supports.
- Additionally, the Ugandan state has imposed a new requirement on all private schools in order to standardize educational standards: As of summer 2022, only teachers who have studied and hold a recognized university diploma are allowed to teach. Furthermore, each school must employ at least ten teachers and guarantee a certain minimum building standard. Currently, the school is in the process of obtaining state recognition, and all teachers have a diploma. With these requirements, the costs for the school have also risen enormously. As the cost of living has risen in Uganda generally (as is the case in many places), many parents can no longer afford to pay the few school fees in full .
Goals Reached - School Organization
Established business plan for school operation until 2027
Pursued opportunity to purchase land for school
Completed first four steps of state registration process for school
Hired and funded 5 new teachers
Funded teacher salaries since June 22
Registered 180 children
Purchase of a computer for the administration
Providing network access for teachers and individual students
Goals Reached - Construction
Completed teachers’ office and teaching resource room
Evaluated termite problem on property and took action
Braced wooden classrooms
Assessed building quality status
Developed construction plans for school
PLANNED WORK at the school for the years 2023 - 2026
jan - apr 23
Construction of new sanitary rooms.
sept 23 - sep 24
Building new classrooms and kitchen area.
oct 24 - jan 25
Construction of office and administrative premises.
mar - nov 25
Construction of dormitories and living quarters for students and teachers.
jan - mar 26
Drilling well for drinking water pipeline and storage tanks.
apr - jul 26
Acquisition of new land for the expansion / design of the school grounds.
The Orphans Club, UGANDA
In recent years, our association has provided the money for the purchase of land so that the children and Margaret can grow vegetables. The association has been financially supporting the Orphans Club for 12 years.
We are on the right track!
The club has also purchased land so that the children can grow crops during the holidays to reduce the cost of buying food.
This is done collectively as a group and the products are stored in one place while part of it is sold to cover other necessities.