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St. Catherine of Siena School

In 2014 we built a nursery school in Olwiyo, a remote village in the town of Anaka in Northern Uganda.

The small village of Olwiyo borders Murchison Falls National Park. The people that live here have been known for using the park for their survival through poaching. Although illegal, this sought after meat brought them the income they needed to live. The idea for a school began with the thought that to make a great change in a community, you need to start with it’s children. St. Catherine of Siena School was created to help erase the stigma that was attached to these people, by educating the children for a better future.

 
 
 
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Construction of the school began on January 20th in 2013, and classes opened in February of the following year. The school began as a single classroom building, but has grown. We currently have four classrooms and two small offices for the staff. The restroom building stands adjacent to the school with the entire property fenced in for safety. In early 2015 an outdoor kitchen was constructed to provide the children with a midday meal. 

 
 
 
 One of our teacher, Silvia Kusima

One of our teacher, Silvia Kusima

 
 Football (soccer) is one of the all time favorite pastimes for the children

Football (soccer) is one of the all time favorite pastimes for the children

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150 students were enrolled in 2017, with 50 receiving their education through our Sponsorship Program.

 
 
 
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First, the kids learn that school is fun. They play, sing, dance, pray, and eat together. They then transition into their lessons, and before they know it, they’re learning. Contributions for the growth and support of this project are always welcome and no amount is too small to help make a big difference. If you’re interested in sponsoring a child at the school, please visit the Child Sponsorhip Project.