the initial seed for hope was planted in the Spring
of 2014 with the idea of doing something to help the
Buyijja Village School prosper, we have accomplished
a great number of ongoing and standalone projects that
have changed the lives of the children of the school,
as well as the people in the village of Buyijja. Each
project answered a specific need that was identified,
and each was given with unconditional love and support
from a worldwide list of donators.
These projects exists solely through their generosity
We are eternally grateful for their faith and trust
in our mission.
Rounds of School Supplies, Books,
and Teaching Aides Offer Hope
first goal continues to be our most important goal;
that of making sure that the Buyijja Village School
has proper books, teaching supplies, and teaching aids.
Since the Spring of 2014, we have provided books, teaching
supplies, and teaching aids each term (3 per year),
with results that make the importance of this effort
When we began our mission, teachers were without even
basic teaching supplies. No books, no posters and teaching
visual aids, no pencils, pens, testing or homework books.
Before we began our support, the school was testing
at an annual passing rate of just 24%. After just two
terms with proper supplies and books, the passing rate
soared to 93% passing.
The direct effect was obvious, but the extended effect
has been equally amazing, as children from several neighboring
parts of the district have begun pouring in to become
part of the Buyijja School, with enrollment almost doubling,
from 145 students, to 279 students. The budget for books
and supplies increases with each term, but the success
this key educational component brings is invaluable.
Education brings Hope. Hope creates a sense of Peace.
We give with unconditional Love.
Rotary and District 5110 Bring Water and Light!
were especially excited to be chosen as one of the District
5110 grants with Southtowne Eugene Rotary! It was the
first Rotary project in this region of Uganda, and it
is our hope that it will be one of many. Rotary does
such amazing work around the world, and to begin making
a difference with a bore-hole well, and some additional
solar lighting for the school, was both welcome and
a borehole well is an arduous feat, as it is all done
by hand. Bucket by bucket, each foot of depth done by
someone lowered into the hole. It is truly amazing...and
a testement to what the people of this region must go
through from somthing for which we take for granted...clean
A part of the same District Grant, the remainder of
the $4,000 donated went toward adding more solar lighting
to another classroom in the school compound. As has
been written about before, students and teachers often
must stay overnight in these buildings, due to weather
conditions, or the long commutes by foot back to their
home villages. This lighting, and the charging stations
for satellite phones is essential to their safety.
There Be LIGHT!
At the Buyijja Village School in rural Uganda, it is
not unusual for some students and teacher who have come
from distant villages, to spend the night in the school,
rather than take the long trek home each day. When darkness
comes, their only source of light is small, kerosene
lamps that are neither safe, nor practical. The charging/lighting
stations that we will provide, will create solar lighting
and a charging station for each of the three primary
buildings in the school. This provides a safe, secure
way to light their lives...while helping those who come
to volunteer their time to be able to charge mobile
devices for communication and education.
In the summer of 2017, we installed the first round
of solar lighting and digital charging stations in two
of the classrooms. In 2018, we hope to finish installing
lights in the remaining 4 buildings.
for our teachers
As has been reported, a number of teachers end up staying
at the school, as the commute back to the cities is
impracticable. They had been sleeping on mattresses
on the dirt floors, with gas lanterns for light. In
addition to the solar lighting installation, we were
able to install two sets of bunk beds for our teachers.
Small comforts make a big difference!
Changes Lives…For Children and the Village
Emergency Water Tank Project
After the devastating drought conditions
that have been prevalent over the past year in the Buyijja
region, almost all of the water sources for the village
and the Buyijja village school have been depleted or
exhausted. The well we built has run dry...and the spring
that is more than 2.5 miles away, has become sporadic
Adding to this, climate change has also altered the
regular "rainy season" when the ground water tables
are renewed, and they now start later, and last for
a shorter time. For this reason, we need to build a
rain/collection storage tank system to gather and store
rain water for all uses, including drinking, washing,
This will be the first of many tanks- but we want to
start quickly, and move forward from there, while we
begin raising funds for a new well.
is no doubt that one of the most vital elements of existence
on this planet revolves around a source of clean, sanitary
water. When our daughter, Maddy, first visited the village
of Buyijja, she noticed two things.
who lived and worked in the Prometra housing, drank
bottled water, transported from Kampala. The village
people drank unpurified water, carted from a spring
more than 2Km away, which had to be boiled. The job
of hauling the water was left for the most part to the
children. An almost daily task, in all sorts of weather
conditions, the water while needed for washing, and
cooking, had to be boiled before use.
deplorable conditions of the only bathroom for the school,
combined with the lack of clean potable water, made
for a veritable breeding ground for diseases like malaria,
typhus, and other water-born sickness to become a deadly
factor in the lives of the villagers.
fund-raising, and more than a month of heavy labor,
the first well was built, and implemented. The work
was back-breaking, with more than 80% of the labor done
by hand. But, in the end, it was all worth it.Now,
just a short walk from the school, cool, clean, safe
water is now available. On 4/13/15, the village elders
and school officials attended a “handover ceremony”
for the well. Our hope is to build at least three more
in the coming year, as well as a large rain collection
tank for general purpose water-use.
well was dedicated by Friends of Buyijja, to the memory
of Emma’s father, who passed away in January of 2015.
are hoping to build more wells in the future. As they
say, "watch this space for details!"
for the Buyijja Village School
One of the most dangerous and prevalent health deficiencies
facing a village with no infrastructures in place for
running water or waste treatment, is sanitary bathroom
facilities. The Buyijja school, serving more than 260
students and 12 staff members had no sanitary bathroom
Maddy described the conditions of the bathroom facilities
for the Buyijja Village School, I shuddered…and became
just a tad ill. It was at the top of the “wish list”
from the Headmaster of the school…but, supplies, books,
playground equipment and shoes seemed more important
at the time. After seeing pictures of the previous "facility"
it was easy to understand why shoes were so important.
When I imagined a little children having to use these
facilities in bare feet…and having no place to wash
their hands afterward…I couldn’t help but be overwhelmed
with emotion as I looked at a picture of a little girl,
smiling shyly from behind the dilapidated, crumbling
and a contractor were selected, and over the course
of three months, the bathrooms
were designed, built, installed and then ceremoniously
handed over to the school.
The new 8 stall facility, complete with a sanitary washing
facility has changed the lives of children and villagers
Tale of Shoe City… Putting Shoes on Student’s Feet!
One of the first things that Maddy recognized when she
visited the school, were the cracked, painful little
feet of most of the students in the Buyijja village
school. One little girl even told her that she would
“feel much smarter” if she had shoes, and wasn’t distracted
by her pain. The story of how we took care of shoes
for more than 260 kids is amazing…but continues to be
an ONGOING need, as the school continues to add new
process is very "hands and feet on." Each
child, many with broken and cracked feet, had their
foot traced onto paper, with their name written for
identification. It took a full day of tracing, but finally,
they were ready to buy the shoes!
problem. The Shoes were in Kampala more than 70 miles
away. The shoes needed to be bought from a large number
of individual shoe merchants. Every shoe merchant needed
to be convinced to sell at a reasonable price. Each
pair being matched to a hand-traced outline of the prospective
owner’ feet, fell to Emma and his cousin, who spent
4 days procuring shoes (for TWO different shoe projects)
On both Show Distribution Days at the school, the shoes
arrive in two HUGE bags.
tracing paper disintegrated with weather and wear, so
each child’s name was written on the shoes they were
to receive, and they waited excitedly for their names
to be called!
you look at this smile…can you doubt how much happiness
$5 brought? So many of you bought MANY more than a single
pair…but EVERY pair changed a child’s life! Rain
frequently makes the roads impassable. Dust can become
choking when it is dry. And once you are in the village,
even the barest of necessities for modern conveniences
are a rarity. What you have done for the children of
this remote rural village is immeasurable. You have
given them hope.
have allowed them to walk the dusty, dirt roads, without
splitting their feet over roots, cracked earth and rocks.
Such small comforts...such huge smiles of thanks!
Miller's Class Builds a Playground
While identifying the needs of the Buyijja Village school,
watching children kick around a single, half deflated
soccer ball on a dusty, dirt field struck us as a need.
All kids enjoy playground equipment. It was the perfect
project for fundraising, for Mrs. Miller’s 4th/5th grade
class at Twin Oaks Elementary in Eugene, Oregon.
Music Video was produced. Several small, personal projects
were devised and executed by the students. See
the Video HERE
kids went to work, and the word went out to friends,
families, and online supporters. In less than a month,
we had raised the money. And then the REAL work started!
More than friends and family, as well as countless friends
and family of Deb’s students gave freely… of your heart…to
help people you have never met…without strings…without
rewards. THAT is UNCONDITIONAL LOVE.
means without conditions or limitations of politics,
religion, color, geography, gender or age. It means
that you realize that we are ALL ONE…and the balance
of our lives, happiness, and ultimate existence relies
on unifying rather than dividing. These children…the
lives of whom you have touched with your generosity…will
never forget this act of kindness.
have no idea what effects these small acts can do to
shape hearts, minds and futures…but we do know that
simply ignoring them wasn’t an option. Here is the proof
that your gifts continue to give. CLICK
HERE TO SEE A VIDEO OF THE PLAYGROUND ARRIVING!
PlayGround Arrives after an almost 100 mile journey
from Kampala…over highways, small roads, and dirt trails…and
is installed to the delight of every child in the school!
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Contact: Patric Miller firstname.lastname@example.org
To contact Emma (Emmanuel Kibubuka) our project manager
for your support. Without your help, none of this work
would be possible.