It is always gratifying to feel that the work that we do through the CanAssist African Relief Trust is helping kids (and adults too) acquire education, health care and improved water and sanitation facilities.
There are about 300 children at the Kyabazaala Elementary School in Uganda. CanAssist has had an ongoing association with that school, helping them in many ways. I have visited the school a few times and can vouch that they do need help. The classrooms are somewhat dilapidated and they have few resources. The teachers are paid a meagre salary by the government and often have to find places to live as their homes are not close by. When we first went to the school, they were getting water from a dirty pond shared with animals, to make the one cup of maize gruel served to the kids at noon, often their only meal of the day. Their toilets were abysmal.
CanAssist helped by repairing their one water tank that had been damaged and installing new toilets. Other Canadian well-wishers visiting the school (including Hugh Langley, Ann Marie Van Raay and Elizabeth Muwonge) provided funding for cementing floors of some classrooms and between us all, we got electrical supply to the school.
Last year, the Mayer Institute in Hamilton, through CanAssist, funded installation of two water tanks at the School. This will be a grand improvement to their access to water.
This week, I received an email with a scanned letter of appreciation for the various ways we have helped. It was, indeed, heartwarming, to get this acknowledgement of our support and I want to share it with those who have, through donations to CanAssist, contributed to all the work we have done at the school.
Our next project at the Kyabazaala Elementary School is to help them construct teachers’ quarters on the school property. This will help them to acquire and retain qualified teachers since the school will be able to offer some modest accommodation to the teachers whose salaries are woefully low. The community has already been accumulating locally-made bricks for this venture. The total cost for this six-room teachers’ quarters will be approximately $7000 CAN. CanAssist (and the school) will welcome any support dedicated to this project so we can start it soon.