The average Ugandan adult only has 3.5 years of education
In the beginning of 2013 we were faced with a tough decision: open a primary school for children or let their families sit and wonder how to support them. Numerous requests from members of the slum community of Njeru, Uganda came to us, not for an education, but to take children from families. It wasn’t that these families wanted to give up their children. Rather, they saw it as the only way for their children to be given healthy meals, health care and an education. These were luxuries these families could only dream of offering their children.
We started Marah Christian School (Pre-School – P6 grade) in the slum community of Njeru, Uganda – just outside Jinja, and only a 10 minute walk from our orphanage for several reasons.
Most importantly, offering families a free education meant that they could stay with their families, yet would get at least two healthy meals a day, nurturing from loving teachers and an education that could help them rise out of the extreme poverty that has held down their families for generations.
The average teacher to student ratio in Uganda is 5:1000
In 2013 we worked to start our primary school — navigating the legal requirements, recruiting inspiring teachers and finding a building took much determination, but we did it and are now serving 275 students ranging from 4-17 years in age. These are students who, prior to coming to Marah Christian School, looked at an education as something that other people got. It was always something just out of their reach.
Supporting this program takes team work. And through our child sponsorship program you can continue to help us offer the Njeru community a safe place of learning, while building a relationship with the child you support.
Through our Child Sponsorship program you can be a part of the Wando team and help children:
- Stay with their families
- Receive the education they so desperately need
- Have at least 1 healthy meal a day
- Ensure they get medical attention when needed
- Have hope for the future