Education is one of the most important tools BoHU can give the children in order to break the cycle of poverty affecting their lives and to help them become independent adults. Some children excel at academics and strive to earn scholarships to attend university. Others receive vocational training in one of many hands on professions like ceramics, carpentry, hairdressing, tourism, computer sciences, electronics, child care, and husbandry.
The children also gain a valuable experience from their various responsibilities while growing up at the centres and schools. They help clean the dorms, prepare meals, sow and harvest in the fields and care for the livestock. The older children (youth) gain leadership skills when they supervise these tasks and help the younger children strive for perfection during a year in which they learn about family care. At times they also help out at one of the centers or schools in another district. The children take great pride in their work, knowing they are contributing to their family’s survival.
New classrooms are still needed. Desperate communities set up their own makeshift schools without trained teachers. For 10 years BoHU has mobilized rural communities in some of the poorest communities of Uganda to build or renovate 6 schools.
We build schools with villages that have historically had no adequate school structure – where students are squeezed into dark and crumbling mud huts, or are taught under trees when the weather permits, or have to walk multiple miles to a neighboring village, or can’t attend school at all.
Our methodology’s true power resides in the fact that BoHU classrooms are constructed in partnership with the very people who will be benefiting from them. Beacon of Hope Uganda through our volunteers provides the funding, engineering, materials, skilled labor and supervision.
Schools constructed by BoHU are designed to promote gender equality in communities with imbalances between the sexes.
In Uganda girls are not traditionally educated, and there are few opportunities for adult women. In Uganda, the majority of individuals living in abject poverty are female. BoHU’ school building methodology validates the right of women to educate themselves and make decisions in their community.
How to Help!
Join our team and get involved! Volunteer as a construction volunteer in Uganda and help a local community get a school.
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