Supporting Fundamental Education Change in Kampala Slum Community
During our visit last October to Uganda we spent time with an inspirational group of young men who set up a grass-roots charity in one of the poorest slum districts in Kampala. AFFCAD (Action for Fundamental Change & Development) was founded in 2009 by a group of four young men. After doing voluntary work with different organizations Muhammad, Brian, Jaffar and Richard decided to return to their home community of Bwaise to try and address the multiple problems people living here faced.
The inspiration behind the Charity is to bring about fundamental and sustainable change in the lives of the young people living in the this intensely poor community. AFFCAD now runs three major programmes linking health, education and economic empowerment in a holistic approach to tackling the issues people living and working in Bwaise face on a daily basis.
In June 2011, as part of the education programme, AFFCAD opened a community school called the Excel Education Centre, enabling more than 200 children from families affected by poverty, HIV/AIDS and those who had become orphans, to access formal education.
However, in recent years it became clear that the school site, in the heart of Bwaise district, was increasing unfit for purpose. The rented buildings and small yard regularly flooded, had completely inadequate sanitation and was under threat of closure by the local government body.
So, what was to be done? Well, buy a new site and build a new purpose-built school of course! The small matter of finding a suitable site and raising funds needed to buy it was not going to stop a very determined AFFCAD team.
We delighted to say that, close to a year after our visit, this dream has become a reality. AFFCAD completed the purchase of their new school site, and with our help, along with support from a range of other funders, they have completed the first phase of the EXCEL School Rebuild. Creating high quality and vibrant classrooms for primary years 1-4, a staffroom/Headteachers office, an essential kitchen facility and flushing toilet block.
We were delighted to be invited to visit the school recently for the official opening and to spend time seeing the school in action. There is still a long way to go with the next phase of works in the planning, but we have no doubt AFFCAD will achieve thier goal of a full year 1-7, sustainable primary school for the community of Bwaise.
We are absolutely delighted to be part of 'Team AFFCAD', supporting a better future for the children of Bwaise.
To find out more visit www.affcad.org