Sahaya BACHO Kindergarten

Construction of the building was completed in 2022 thanks to your generosity – now we are working on infrastructure!

There was a partially constructed kindergarten school in Rwenshama village. This school was started by another organization but was never completed and abandoned when the organization left. Thanks to support of several generous donors of Sahaya International, we were able to finish the construction of this school, and the inauguration happened on July 20, 2022.  This is now the Sahaya BACHO kindergarten school! The local government gave ownership of this school to BACHO. Very few places in Uganda have a kindergarten school, so this is a very unique opportunity to set children on the right path from a young age. To develop this school program further and optimize the various activities for the children, we receive guidance from teachers in the USA and Belgium via nearly daily communications, for which we are very grateful.

We are currently raising funds to purchase proper furniture and school supplies for the school, and to cover the operating expenses for the next year.

The school has a an approximate enrollment of 120 children. The school is in need of proper furniture . Instead of purchasing relatively cheap plastic furniture (which won’t last long), it is better to have a local carpenter make wooden desks and benches. One set of table and chairs, which can fit 6 children, costs approximately 320 USD. Smaller children will play on carpets. Our target goal for fundraising for furniture (tables and chairs, including for the teachers; book shelves) is approximately $7,000. In addition, we need also  storage bins, toys, books, school uniforms, and many other educational materials, estimated to cost about $3,000. So this is a subtotal of 10,000.

Regular operating expenses (teacher salary and lunch for all children) are estimated to be approximately $800 per month.  So this brings our target for the first year of school to approximately $20,000.

If we can raise additional funds, we want to also construct a playground with a variety of play structures (swing, slide, and other fun activities).

Any donation you are able to afford is highly appreciate.

UPDATE April 2024:

  • An anonymous donor has offered to match donations 1:1 up to a total of $5,000! So your contribution will have double impact. This extra support will help to cover ongoing expenses, such as providing lunches to the school children and salaries of the teachers.
  • Peggy Stein (retired kindergarten teacher) is having her birthday on May 3, and is asking her friends/relatives to make a donation towards this kindergarten school. To donate to her specific fundraising campaign, click on this link below:
    https://givebutter.com/peggy-birthday

    Peggy (left) who is raising funds on the occasion of her birthday

 

If you like to contribute:

  • For online donations, click on this donate button below. Note that this incurs some transaction fees.

  • To avoid any transaction fees, you can also mail a check, made payable to “Sahaya International”, with note BACHO kindergarten to Sahaya International, 1504 Portola Street, Davis, CA 95616. Please provide your email address so we can e-mail you a tax receipt.

 

Children participating in a program of PICC (Photography Inspiring Children in Conservation).

Click below on individual pictures to see some pictures of the developments of this school.