Meet some of our students.... and watch them grow!

Ronald Muyanja

Meet Ronald, a bright 10 year old who is aiming for the sky.  One of the first students at School for Life, Ronald wants to one day become a pilot.  His love for reading and his talent for mathematics are moving him towards realising his dream.  Despite losing his father in a car accident Ronald is aiming high thanks to the love of his mother and grandmother who work hard to support the family. 

“My grandmother wants us to attend school everyday so that we can become very important people in the community. And I love going to school, I love the food and playing football with my friends.”

Rose Nakaye

Rose, a sweet 10 year old has been so changed by her teachers that she wants to become one when she grows up.  Rose’s father passed away and her mother was forced to abandon her children a few years ago.  It was at this lowest point that School for Life came in to support Rose – providing not only education, but hope.

“I thank School for life for employing good teachers that have been there for us since the time we were abandoned.  I had lost hope in life but now I am happy and I want to be a teacher when I finish school.  I love school because I have many friends and we eat good foo, compared to home where sometimes we go without.” 

Prossy Nakayiwa

This is Prossy, a little girl with a big future in her sights.  At only 7 years old she wants to grow up to be a policewoman to help families affected by domestic violence.  As one of 10 children, Prossy had to drop out of school as her single mother could not afford the fees.  Things turned around for the family when Prossy joined School for Life that also employs her mum as a cook. 

“We used to have one meal a day but now we are at school we are learning, playing with friends and have three delicious meals a day.”

Simon Kityamuweesi

This is Simon, a smiling, car-loving 10 year old who dreams of finishing school and one day becoming a mechanic.  Simon lives with his grandmother as his mother disappeared when he was six and his father needs to work in Kampala.  Simon is happiest when he is at school with his mates.

“I am happy at school because I have many friends that I play with.  I eat good food like meat and rice, and we play nice games and sing songs too.  When I finish school, I really want to be a mechanic so I can repair cars and other things.”

Our Summit for School for Life adventure

Our Summit for School for Life adventure

On September 8th, a group of 16 adventurers reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. It was a feat that took seven days to complete; a gruelling mental and physical challenge battling freezing cold temperatures and altitude.

Experience the week up on the mountain from the eyes of our CEO, Annabelle Chauncy, who led the team of 16 and tackled Mount Kilimanjaro the second time around - two years in a row!

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL!

WHAT DOES GOING TO SCHOOL MEAN FOR OUR GIRLS?

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In Uganda a girl’s education is not considered a priority. Girls come up against barriers such as traditional gender roles and poverty in wanting to receive an education. Girls as young as 6 years old can miss out on going to school because they are needed for full time work. 52% of girls have to drop out of school as they are unable to sustain the financial burden of education. Girls are often forced to marry young and pregnancy rates are high with 35% of girls dropping out of school because of early marriage and 23% dropping out due to pregnancy.*

Education makes a significant change not only to girls and women in their own right, but to their children, families and communities. When you empower a girl with education, a whole community benefits. When women earn an income and are empowered to make educated decisions within their families and communities, they create more peaceful societies and sustainable economies.

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On International Day of the Girl Child we are celebrating some of the amazing girls who attend School for Life. Their dedication to receiving an education and creating change within their communities is inspiring and deserves to be recognised today and every day!

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Meet Jane

12 years old in Primary 4

I am energetic and sporty and I can’t wait to play netball at lunch time with my friends every day! Last year my family home burnt down in a fire which took all of our possessions. I now live with my mother, my grandmother, my uncle and his three children. I love to eat matooke (mashed bananas) and rice. At school my favourite subject is English, especially reading stories. I study hard at school because I want to go to University and study to become a doctor.

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Meet Sandra

10 years old in Primary 5

I am happy at school and enjoy learning all subjects but I really love spending time reading - it teaches me so much about the world! At lunch time I enjoy any meals that include rice and after this I play netball with my friends. At the end of the school day I walk to my house where I live with my mother and 3 siblings. My father used to live with us but he passed away last year. This means that I have to help my mother more now, and my chores each day include fetching water and firewood, cooking and washing utensils. I hope that when I am older I can be a teacher and continue to help children get an education.

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Meet Joselyn,

7 Years old in Primary 2

My teachers praise me for being confident in class and I love to show them my understanding by writing answers on the board when I can. My favourite lessons are reading and learning English. At the end of the day I return to my village where I live with my aunty who is a hairdresser and my father who is a teacher. My father helps me with my homework to ensure I am doing well at school. My job is to wash my uniform so that it stays clean and looks nice each day. I am so proud to wear my School for Life uniform! I also wash utensils after each meal. I work really hard in class so that I do well at school. I want to be a pilot when I grow up so I must continue to study and be the best that I can.  

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Meet Phiona

10 years old in Primary 2

I live at home with my mother and father who are farmers. My 5 siblings live with us too so home life is very busy! We all help our parents by doing chores before and after school. My job is to wash the utensils after each meal. I am happy when I'm at school and really like reading books. The library is my favourite place and I like to visit at lunch times with my friend Margaret.

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Meet Sophia

11 years old in Primary 5

I am new to Katuuso school but am enjoying my new friends and my teachers. My teachers praise me for being a good listener and for being helpful to my peers. I love the way we sing lots in class and my English is already improving because of our lessons here. I enjoy reading and spend my lunch times either at the library with books or playing netball with my friends. I live with my aunt and grandmother who are both farmers and I help them by fetching water each day and mopping the house. When I grow up I would like to be a nurse as I like helping others and it is horrible being sick without help.

 

Be part of the change this International day of the Girl and sign up to sponsor a child NoW! 

Your sponsorship provides quality education, healthcare, clean water, 3 nutritious meals per day and all educational materials required. Educating a girl can break cycles of poverty in just one generation. You can find out more and sign up HERE

* statistics UNICEF, 2008-2012