Uganda School Link

31/01/22Uganda School Link

Each year, alongside one off charity events, such as the Macmillan Coffee Morning, Harvest Foodbank Collections and Caring at Christmas etc., our school selects 2 main charities to support, via our Student Voice. One is an international charity and one is national. It was a joy to welcome Helen Barber to our school assemblies this week to speak about our school’s international charity, Nyakabungo Primary School in Uganda.

In an area of extreme poverty, the school provides not only an education, which is a potential doorway out of poverty, but also a vital feeding programme.

This week, it was announced on national news that Ugandan schools were returning after the longest lockdown in the world…these children have been out of school for almost 2 years!

Whilst they have had bags of food and some worksheets sent home, the loss of education has been devastating and as they cannot move up a year until they have ‘graduated’ from the former year, the schools are now full to capacity with up to 60 children per class.

‘Harambee’ is the school motto and also a great motto for our partnership. It is a Ugandan word meaning ‘Working together to get things done’ (why does a Bob the Builder song come into my head?) Here at Hartford we plan to work together to bless the school in Nyakabungo with newsletters, photographs and our prayers, and also to raise some much needed support for them.

Alongside our full school fundraisers (at fairs and sports days etc.) each individual form has been encouraged to raise their own support, through sponsored events, sales or whatever other creative means they can think of. Our Charity Representatives in each form have been encouraging their peers to this end, and we look forward to see all that they are going to do to raise support for these young ones in Uganda.

“Jesus said, ‘What you do for the least of these, you do for me.’I”

Matthew 25:40, The Bible