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. Several years later on the very site of one of the IDP camps, the Kitgum Matedi Primary School was built. There is now hope for a brighter future for the children of the subsistence farmers because of the work of be*.
be* in partnership with C3 Church are assisting in the financing and construction oversight of seven classrooms and a resource / staff room to accommodate a roll of over 200 children.
Mud bricks and metal framed doors and windows have replaced the basic stick structure destroyed by termites and the first stage of replacing the roof of four classrooms has been completed. The second stage of the project is continuing with the building the other four rooms and an ablution block.
Total Cost of Project $70k NZD
Kitgum School Project Breakdown
Other Projects in Kitgum
Building for Education 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.
Funds are raised to purchase an Ox and Plough which is then shared by the farmers in the area.
Oxen and Ploughs enable them to plough their land more efficiently. Eventually be* hopes to have provided enough Oxen and Ploughs for the entire region.
Building for Education will be funding up to 50 hives yielding award winning honey which is sold at the market.
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.
It is not known why so many children have become infected in the Kitgum area nor is there any cure. Children with the disease suffer from seizures and brain defects, eating can become impossible due to the shaking and they soon become malnourished without anti-convulsion treatments.
be* is raising funds to build safe accommodation for the children and their caregivers.