Help BACK Education

Help BACK Education by Building A Classroom for Kiryowa

A fundraising initiative by Marilyn and Philip Wilson

Help BACK Education

Map of Jinja Uganda

About the Kiryowa Community Development Initiative

Since 2011, GIVE International, in partership with generous donors and hard-working volunteers, has propelled the beautiful village of Kiryowa (located in Jinja, Uganda) towards improved health and education opportunities for its residents. Three years ago, 70 percent of Kiryowa's population lived in extreme poverty (less and $1/day) and could not meet their basic needs for food, water, shelter, sanitation and health care.

Beginning, brick by brick, with the construction of a new primary school facility - and enduring with the delivery of health care, malaria prevention initiatives, child-nutrition programs, and Family Kit distributions, GIVE is creating a platform for families in Kiryowa to experience a bright future.


Here's a snapshot of what we have achieved together so far...

- 3 new classrooms constructed
- 2 teacher-houses built, so educators can live conveniently in Kiryowa
- 2,400 village residents treated at our free mobile health clinics
- 7,000 breakfasts supplied to 85 primary stuents, giving them the energy to succeed in the classroom
- 300 Family Kits (including bed-nets) distributed to families in need, providing tools for improved health
- 3 pit-latrines constructed, creating a clean and private space for students to use the washroom
- 50 (3-seater) desks constructed for functional student learning
- 1 playground built to encourage social and physical development
- 120 school kits distributed, ensuring students have the tools to learn
- 1 10,000 litre rainwater-harvesting tank installed to provide water for hand-washing and gardening

Kiryowa Girls

Why Creating Equitable Access to Education is Important

"Girls are more likely to miss out on school than boys and this is accentuated more among disadvantaged, rural families. Poor, rural girls are forecast to be the slowest to have school places, with Unesco projecting it will take until 2086. It means that the five-year-olds who are now missing out on beginning school will be grandmothers before universal primary education is achieved." 
- 2014 Report from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco).

Lack of access to an education, especially for girls, restricts opportunities later on in life and weakens a community’s ability to develop and escape poverty. When girls receive an education, it reduces child mortality and malnutrition; improves family health; postpones the age of first marriage; decreases fertility rates; enhances women’s role and participation in society; provides education to prevent HIV/AIDS; strengthens a family’s survival strategies; and contributes to the economic stability of a nation by providing its citizens with the tools and knowledge to become economically productive. 

The partnership between GIVE International and our many generous donors and hard-working volunteers has already moved the village of Kiryowa towards improved health and education opportunities for its residents. Students have a safe and conducive space to learn, enrollment is going up for boys & girls, children have food in their bellies, teachers have functional housing in the village, and equitable access to education is being achieved. Together, we're changing statistics for the child at a time.

What's Next for Kiryowa?

Volunteering with GIVE International in January 2014, Marilyn and Philip Wilson witnessed first-hand the impact of the Kiryowa Community Development Initiative and wanted to play a role in increasing equitable access to education for children in the village. With three classrooms already constructed, the Wilson’s will be fundraising to support the cost of a fourth classroom – it will become the learning space for 40 “Primary-4” level students who are eagerly awaiting a classroom of their very own.

Classroom construction will begin in July 2014 and is expected to last two months. The structure will be equipped with cement block walls, a metal roof, concrete flooring, student desks and a chalkboard. On the exterior, the classroom will have eaves troughs to facilitate the collection of rainwater and all windows will have protective wired-netting to ensure mosquitos and other harmful critters remain outdoors.

This initiative is helping to BACK education by Building A Classroom for Kiryowa. Thank you, Marilyn & Philip - we are honoured to work in partnership with you!

For a complete Kiryowa Community Development Initiative project summary, click here.

And to support Marilyn & Philip Wilson in their endeavour to Help BACK Education in Kiryowa through the construction of a new classroom, click here. Thank you for your support!

UpdateWe are very pleased to announce that we have now reached and surpassed our fundraising goal of $9,400! Any additional funds raised will be dedicated towards future initiatives at the Kiryowa Primary School. Thank you for your incredible support!