Operation Orphan has been supporting Pencott Valley Primary School in Uganda since 2010. The school was founded by Philip and Margaret, who in 2002, moved into the area with the intention of helping the families living in the slum community.
The aim of the school is to provide free education for orphans and vulnerable children, living in the surrounding slum, whose carers can’t afford to send them to school. Our goal is that at least half of the school is awarded a scholarship and the remainder pay fees. Each family is means tested and many of the children that qualify for the scholarship are either single or double orphans, Those that can afford the fees contribute £15 per term. Funding from Operation Orphan goes towards; teacher’s salaries, educational resources, infrastructure maintenance and development, daily feeding programme, de-worming programme and mosquito nets.
The schools growing reputation is attracting more fee paying children. Increasing the financial income from within the country ensures the schools survival and the security of free education for those who need it.
The community of Nabigyo was in desperate need of safe toilets, access to clean water and places to wash. The children now have a brand new safe toilet at school, and we are pleased to say that we have built five community toilets in the area. Since these were constructed, there have been no reported cases of Cholera from the community. The school also allows those in the community access to clean municipal water for a nominal cost. This is because many can’t afford this service and therefore drink from contaminated sources.
The children of Pencott School are growing their own vegetables. This supplements the daily feeding programme. For many of these children, this is their only meal of the day. We introduced and provided training for a successful and sustainable farming technique developed in Zimbabwe. Our aim is to ensure that the children in the school not only have food to eat, but also learn how to produce it.