Grace School Library
A Project of The Real Uganda
Grace Daycare and Primary School is located in Nanga, near Nakifuma trading centre, Mukono District.
The school was started in 1996 by Regina Mukiibi, an HIV+ woman who had lost a brother and sister to the disease. As Regina knew firsthand the effects HIV/AIDS has on family and community, she wished to build a school that could provide kids affected with the love, support, and education they need in order to grow and thrive. As HIV/AIDS (and other health and economic challenges) continues to plague south-central Uganda, more and more children are left in the care of extended family who struggle to feed and educate them. For some kids in tough situations, Grace provides a second home.
Unfortunately, Regina died before the school was completed. Her sister, Liz, left her teaching position in Kampala, adopted Regina’s 2 daughters, and took charge of things. Grace now serves about 150 children from Nursery to Primary Class 7. There 15 children who live there.
These kids are by no means up for adoption. They are simply being kept safe, fed, and educated until a time when their families can take up the responsibility again.
Daily, Liz teaches, runs the school, and acts as a community advocate and protector for vulnerable children in the surrounding area. For example, she has had children removed from extreme neglect situations and recently spearheaded the arrest and imprisonment of a man who raped a 9-year-old girl.
Grace Daycare and Primary School has been hosting The Real Uganda volunteers since before 2010. During the COVID-19 lockdown, a former volunteer reached out with funding to build a complete staff house and dormitory on site. Everyone over there is overjoyed as the buildings they were living in were crumbling and very small. To date, a 4 room home has been constructed for Liz, the students who board at Grace School, and The Real Uganda’s volunteers. They are at the plastering and pain stage and getting ready to move in over the coming weeks. We’re all very excited!
Community Need for a Library
Liz approached The Real Uganda about outfitting a library in the home for the staff and students at Grace School. She has listed quite a number of school books covering Primary classes 1 to 7. Math, Science, Social Studies, and English are the focus, with varying copies of each. She has also requested a number of English language readers covering all age groups and some self-help books that promote focus, business planning, and general life skills. All of these are
produced in Uganda and are in support of the Government of Uganda's primary school curriculum.
Grace School Library Project
The Real Uganda is excited to respond to this request. The budget for the books is $2,800 USD. The budget for shelving and a table and chairs for the library space is $700 USD, a total Goal amount of $3,500 USD.
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You can help The Real Uganda develop a library for Grace School by donating below.