In 2009 as Northern Uganda was ravaged by civil war, thousands of rural farmers were forced off their land into Internal Displacement Camps. Village life was destroyed, farming skills were lost and schools were shut down in the nearby town of Kitgum. Once the IDP camps were disestablished, Kitgum Matedi Primary School continued to operate.
In 2012 be* partnered with the school to assist in the financing and construction oversight of seven classrooms which will accomodate 300+ children.
Concrete floors, brick walls and iron roofs now replaced the old mud and stick structure.
Further funding will provide metal framed joinery.
Total Cost of Project $70k NZD
Project Status: Current
Kitgum School Project Breakdown
Other Projects in Kitgum
be* is also involved in funding two other initiatives for long-term sustainability for the rural villagers of the Kitgum region.
Oxen & Ploughs
Oxen and Ploughs enables the land to be farmed more efficiently producing a greater crop harvest.
be* currently funds 50 hives as a community project. Honey is sold at the local markets with profits returning to the community.
be* is also looking at being involved in building fenced accommodation for children who suffer from Nodding Syndrome.
Nodding Syndrome or disease is a rare and unexplained brain disease that has affected hundreds of Ugandan children. The syndrome is a neurological illness, which affects mainly 5-15 year-olds, and manifests in involuntary uncontrollable nodding of the head, followed by epileptic seizures, saliva dripping, degenerated cognitive abilities, stunted growth, and in some cases, death.
Nodding Syndrome was first seen in 1960’s in Sudan, however it has now spread to Northern Uganda’s Kitgum district, an area recovering from two decades of civil war. Local leaders in 2009 found that 200 children in the village of Okidi alone had the illness. The current estimates are that 3000 children in Kitgum and surrounding provinces have the disease, with hundreds of deaths.