What Have We Achieved?
Since 2012 we have successfully raised the funds to build and run two community primary schools in Iki Iki Village and Mugiti Village, Budaka District in Eastern Uganda, which educate over 650 children a year and have also been developed to improve health, education and reduce poverty within the community.
Bumba Foundation Academy Community School – Mugiti
In December 2011 we began the construction of our first school classroom building at our community school in Mugiti Sub- County in Budaka District in Eastern Uganda. The first building had 4 classrooms and 4 administration offices, and was finally completed in October 2012 and opened in January 2013 for the new academic term. In 2014, we began the construction of an additional 3 classroom building, which was completed and allowed us to offer all 7 primary classes for the 2015 academic year.
In 2018 we began the construction of a new 2 classroom building which is also used as a community hall and was completed in 2019. The building now accommodates an additional 76 children as well as allowing us to teach from Nursery to Primary 7.
Bumba Foundation Academy Community School – Iki Iki
Following the success of the first school in Mugiti, in 2013 we began the construction of our second community school in Iki Iki sub county in Budaka District. Following the construction of the first 4 classroom building we constructed an additional 3 classroom building in 2014, allowing all 7 primary school classes to be offered in 2015.
Vocational Skills Centres
In March 2015, following an evaluation visit to Uganda involving community meetings, it was concluded that with the increase of poverty in rural parts of Uganda it was essential that young people gained academic education but also the importance of vocational skills. Even though young people can now gain a quality education through the Bumba Foundation Community schools, there was a need to provide the young people attending the schools and the young people from the local community not attending school, with vocational skills to become employable and reduce their level of poverty.
Vocational Skills Centre (Agriculture) – Mugiti
With the majority of Uganda reliant upon agriculture for an income and basic food security, the continuous failed rains and climate change has had a devastating impact on communities. To address the challenges in Budaka and to fight famine, it’s essential that the community can adapt to the changing environmental conditions/ droughts and gain education in sustainable home farming.
Educating young people is a key element in achieving this and supporting community resilience, which was why we developed the agricultural vocational skills centre at our community school in Mugiti. In 2017 we began the project with development of demonstration gardens which have been used to educate young people and the community through regular orientation sessions and the integration of practical agricultural education into the school timetable. Previously, agriculture was mainly taught through books and the new demonstration garden has allowed the young people to gain a practical knowledge and understand of the importance of agriculture to the household income.
The project is continuously being developed to utilise innovation, manage water preservation, the development of a micro climate for the gardens and the education in commercial crops, which is then shared through peer education.
Vocational Skills Centre (Tailoring) – Iki Iki
The project involved the development of the first vocational training centre in Budaka District at the Iki Iki community school. The centre educates the young people attending and not attending school, in tailoring and craft making and also the skills to innovate and run a small micro business.
The centre opened in 2015, supports young people aged 16-25, who have often dropped out of school due to poverty or because they had children at a young age. With the lack of education and employment, poverty is very real and this centre provides the young people with the skills and the hope that they can climb out of poverty. Over the first two years we trained over 209 young people with the focus on young women, which has had an impact on themselves and a wider impact on their families which has allowed us to support over 2,500 people.