Springs Alive is a
small, rural school outside Kakiri, Uganda (16 km from the capital
of Kampala). School is not free in Uganda, so children from very
impoverished families cannot attend. Springs Alive school, started
by director, Martin Sebuliba, is a village-run school, staffed
by volunteers to provide a free education to the village's poorest
We recently visited the Springs
Alive school in Uganda and brought them 200 pounds of teaching
and learning materials. The children and staff were very welcoming
and the children put on a celebration pageant featuring their
own music, singing and dancing.
In addition to bringing materials
to the school, I was able to spend the day working with the teachers
on lesson ideas and to brainstorm ways we could improve and continue
to help the school.
May 2013: Last year, Layered Curriculum teachers
and schools donated enough money to help the school make repairs
to the school building wall and construct a new latrine, so that
they could open again for this school year! (see before / after
photos right). This year, the director tells us they continue
to need money to help pay for teachers, build additional benches
and desks and feed the children.
you help them? Start by watching the video, then click the link
below for the "plan."
here to read our PLAN for helping the Springs Alive School and
see how YOU can help.
The school currently serves 150 children from the village. Many
are orphans, living in "child-headed households", something
we are quite unaccustomed to here in the United States. These
are families of children whose parents have died from disease
and now the oldest child (some as young as 8) are left to tend
to their younger siblings. Food, clothing and civilized shelter
Listen to my explanation of the school and
our project on our YouTube Channel
The teachers are volunteers as the school runs
on limited / no funding. The school itself sits on the land behind
the house of the director and was built with money sent from a
school in Wales and a school in the UK who fund-raised for their
building. It has no water, no electricity and dirt floors.
the OLD LATRINE(designed for a home):
a New Latrine (for the school)
Training Session while the students peer in from outside
The teachers at the school are not trained teachers so are themselves
undereducated, their knowledge of English varies widely and the
dependability of them coming each day is fragile.
We are currently trying to establish a "learning center"
where students can attend as often as possible, and take part
in a student-centered instructional setting where they can work
through various independent lessons. The lessons would include
quizzes to determines competency and the students could independently
work their way through each grade. This allows the children to
learn despite irregular attendance and independent of teacher
knowledge-base and stability.
In addition, we need schools / classes / communities here in
North America to help by sponsoring one of their most needed projects:
TEACHERS: Trained, certified teachers earn a salary of $100.00
(USD) per month. There are 3 months in each term.
FOOD: The school would like to feed the children a warm bowl
of porridge each day. Right now there are no funds for that. It
costs 30 cents (US) per day to feed a child.
30cents to any order at our bookshop
and buy one lunch for a child at Springs Alive Village
School in Uganda
Improved sanitation: The school is also in deparate need of a
pit latrine for student use. Cost to build is $1500.00 (USD).