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Mulajje Education Project

Empowering women.  Ending child labor. Educating children. Eliminating HIV.

Mulajje Education Project
Sustainable development
St. Luwango Kalooli Secondary School
Mulajje Village in Luweero, Uganda

The St. Luwango Kalooli School Renovation Project started out with Tamara's African studies class in 2007. We have been working since then to improve the structure of the school and sponsor the most severe cases of child labor.  The picture below, on the left, shows how the school looked from the outside before we started working there. The money the school is earning from the piggery project, as you can see, is now being used to renovate the school and its dormitories. 

St. Luwango Kalooli School, 2007.

St. Luwango Kalooli School, 2009.

When Tamara first visited the school in 2007 she found that the girls and boys were sleeping in separate rooms on the floor.  The girls had only one bunk bed and mosquito net. The boys were sleeping on four foam mats stacked together in the corner. 

 

Girls' dormitory, 2007.

Boys' dormitory, 2007.
 

Progress

Two weeks before Tamara's 2007 visit to the school, the night guard found a black mamba (one of the world’s deadliest snakes!) on its way into the girls' dorm.  At the time, there were no doors, so were it not for the night guard killing the snake, it could have killed some of the girls. We could not leave the students in that situation.  We raised enough money to build 13 triple decker bunk-beds (40 beds in total) and install security doors on both the girls' and boys' dorm.  In this picture we see Francesca, a student ambassador,  and the girls showing off their new beds.

 

Francesca (left) with girls in new beds.

Girls' dormitory, July 2008.

 

Sustainable Development

The money fundraised for over a year was used to begin construction on a piggery.  Piggeries are one of the most effective income generating projects in East Africa. 

 

Piggery started in July 2008.

Update: October 2012.

 

The families in the surrounding villages have signed contracts so that they can eventually take part in this project which raises annual income from about $280 US dollars per year to about $2500.00 dollars per year.  The piggery at the school is larger than the average one and will make about three to four times more than a family-owned piggery.  The school gives a male and a female to a family so they will be able to start their own piggeries. When their piglets reach three months of age and they sell them, they will, according to the contract, give a male and a female to another family in the program.  This will be done until every family has started their own piggery.  They have all agreed to use this income pay their children’s school fees.  The average Ugandan family has seven children and many families can’t afford school fees for even one child –when they are able to send a child to school, it is always the oldest son. This project will enable families to send ALL of their kids to school.