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
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“I have so many incredible stories of amazing things God has done on our trips. I could write books. Our Ugandan family, The students, the mommas, the babies, the teachers…they have my heart.”
– Chandra Alisa
“Wando does a great job of making everyone they work with feel like family. After seeing the way the organization works with the people we serve, the heart for the people they serve is evident.”
– David Talley
In my four trips to Uganda, I have be able to see many Wando’s plans come to fruition – and I am sure there are more to come! Their love for the students and their families always inspires me.”
“I went on a trip with Wando to Uganda in 2014. I believe God sent me there for my precious Amina. I fell in love with that little girl the first time she ran up to me and held my hand. It is amazing to see the transformation. She looks so good and seems so happy now! I am looking forward to the next time I can go.”
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