Central Buganda Junior Academy

POEM from NAMYALO SHARIFAH
October 5, 2017

Proposed Project for Wide Smile For All Through Education

Greetings to all of you friends from Wide Smiles for All Through Education Charity, in Central Uganda! As you already know the charity started in 2004 with a single objective to: enable less privileged children the opportunity to acquire the required education for their growth and development. Throughout the years, hundreds of students have benefited through our education sponsorship program.

They have graduated with Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates in different fields of study and became middle income citizens in Uganda. Students who have graduated have become: Carpenters, Beauticians, Electricians, Mechanic technicians, Practical nurses, Social Workers, Counsels, Fashion designers, Teachers, Business Men and Women, Economists and the list goes on…!  On 16th June 2018, both a Clinical Officer Mr. Harunah Mugonza will graduate with a Diploma in Clinical Medicine and Community Health. At the same date Dr. Vivien Nanfuka will be graduating with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery of Kampala International University. We congratulate them both for their accomplishment. 

Many other students are currently in pipeline throughout primary to tertiary institutions. As you can imagine, it has not been an easy journey to reach this far, but we kept pushing because I knew that our dream was real! Through our benefactors [churches and individuals], and sales from our agriculture produces, we have had to sponsor students in many different schools and this meant using a lot of resources since every school has different needs and requirements and there was not any other way around. In the rural setting no single school is facilitated well enough to cater for students’ varying skills and abilities to giving them education in its real sense to meet the demands and needs of both the citizens and their communities. In the end individual dreams are never realized nor desired development being achieved for their communities. It is my strong conviction however; that education should also aim at discovering children’s hidden potentials and abilities for their development.

From that background, I am certain that if we had our own school we would have given the best quality education to so many students using almost the same resources used to sponsor them from many other different schools.   

I know your hands are quite full, but also the other thing i have learnt is that; in love and where there is a need, before God nothing is small and everything counts. For that reason I am inviting you friends of good will, to join hands with me to make this important investment, An investment in the future of deserving children in the Greater Mpigi region in Central Uganda, an investment with Wide Smiles for All Through Education – Charity, to establish an elementary school with both technical and vocation curriculum embedded for the purpose of instilling in our students a spirit of learning by doing. This is going to be the first school of its kind in the region and a practical solution to many students who cannot further their education to another level for one reason or the other.

WIDE SMILES, is a dedicated not for profit Charitable Organization seeking to give a hope to the most deserving children through Education. It will be an investment to breaking various vicious cycles of ignorance, diseases, poverty, and an investment in strengthening the family, the society and in bringing peace and prosperity in our rural communities.
We attach a greater value to girl child’s education and orphans in general. As you may be aware, the education of the girl child and the advancement of women had tragically been ignored in our communities. For centuries girls have struggled against opposition from their own families, orphans have also been victims of the circumstance besides facing blind bias from the society. Though not at the highest rates today due to advocacy and an ongoing sensitization, but still many girls continue to face discrimination in education and some have been prevented from attending school and have been overtaken and overshadowed by their boy counterparts. In the situations of an orphan the matters becomes worse.

The girl child is used as a domestic worker and her time for education is essentially limited. Her place in society has been reduced to a tool for raising resources through payment of dowry during forced marriages from the same people who should have given them protection. Unpaid domestic work is a full-time job for the girl child in greater Mpigi region.
The girl child works almost 14 hours per day which results in physical constraints and fatigue. 70% of all domestic workers in Central Uganda are girls aged below 18 years. Harassment, sexual abuse, and other abuses of domestic workers is a common practice. The girl child migration in search of domestic jobs in urban areas has resulted in increased prostitution for economic reasons which have in turn increased HIV/AIDS.

A common custom among the traditionalists in my beloved Uganda is to treat girl child as a domestic servant. Girls and women suffer the physical ill, dying of hunger, Sickness, pain and stress leading to physical weakness, dependence and Ignorance. Due to their lack of education leads to exclusion of girl child and the orphans. These results to rejection, isolation, loneliness, insecurity, vulnerability, worry and fear, unwanted pregnancies, early and forced marriages plus sexual exploitation are the order of the day.
Again and again, powerlessness seems to be at the core of the girl child and the orphans’ life. The stigma of illiteracy continues to hunt young girls and orphans. A considerable number of youths have turned to taking alcohol and other drug substances most especially in urban centers in order to manage and ease stress, but still girls have kept trying.

Now it is our chance to rescue the girl child and the other deserving children from illiteracy, ignorance, humiliation, rejection, isolation and vulnerability. It is our chance to build a school- “CENTRAL BUGANDA JUNIOR ACADEMY”– which will start offering quality elementary education in its practical applicability to the deserving children at a cost they can afford. It will be the answer to help them redeem their respect, dignity, confidence and lost glory.

We need about 6 acres of land to begin with setting up structures for this school. This is why we want as many friends as possible to hear our call, because we are the voice of the voice less! Once the land issue is sorted will straight away begin plans for constructing the academic blocks (12 classrooms to start with), dining hall, hostel and a few staff houses to start with! Please come on board to help us realize this dream and be able to provide the desperately needed education. Believe me, the obstacles standing on the way of girls and other less privileged children are greater than ever before in this era without education. The obstacles to the progress of the girl child mean that her education is constantly interrupted and it is virtually impossible for them to learn as day scholars. Some need to be in a boarding school.
This will be a better solution to the education of less privileged children in the country. We know of their desperate need for education, their despair, frustration, anguish, humiliation, shame and stigma.

It is our concern that for each girl child denied education, it is an opportunity tragically lost.
I am humbly asking you to stand with me in the struggle to give a hope to those who had lost it. God is on our side and I have no doubt that one day we shall put up a school for God’s children. CENTRAL BUGANDA  JUNIOR ACADEMY will be the institution that will provide the desperately needed education and hope for the Uganda’s future leaders.
Standing by our side means a lot and your ideas and contributions will truly be an investment in the bright future of the deserving children in Central Uganda. We will certainly help these communities to grow and prepare leaders who will share their knowledge and expertise with the rest of the world.

Thank you so much for your time to read this concept spelling out our endeavors to support human development. No matter how small your contribution you think is towards this cause, it will certainly take us a long way in achieving our objective.
May the peace of God be with you now and forever!
Yours sincerely

Kenneth Kasule
Director,
Wide Smiles For All Through Education,
P.O. Box 35197 Kampala, Uganda.
TEL: +256 774287388
E-mail: kasulekenneth@yahoo.ca
Website: www.widesmilesug.org