Check out our 2018 Report for a summary of the year!
Find out what Building Schools in Africa has accomplished with our partner, Brick Africa, over the past year in Kibwtu, Uganda! We thank all of our supporters who graciously came alongside us in this journey!
Currently, there are three primary schools in Kibuutu. Unfortunately, there is great lack in these schools. Two of the primary schools provide little more than a bit of shade, less than shacks really as you can see in the pictures. The third school is a Muslim school and requires a conversion to Islam to attend. It is a nice structure; however, these children and their families do not necessarily seek out this religion, many longing for a better option. There is no secondary school. Children either drop out of school, or walk 8 km to the nearest government-run secondary school if they can afford it.
Currently, about 580 students attend school in the above two shacks, from pre-school to the end of primary (P7 class). Over 400 more from the community are stated to attend boarding schools elsewhere (because the school is inadequate and their family can afford to send them away for school).
In Uganda, there is no free public education. There are government-run schools and Read More
Kibwtu is a village in southeastern Uganda, approximately 24 km northwest of Iganga (See Location Map). Although out of the way from major roads, the population is still high, and a large percentage of children. In fact, there are so may children that the village boasts three primary schools. Unfortunately, there is great lack in these schools (See Current School Post). There is also great lack of any other community resources. There is no electricity, running water, or any kind of infrastructure to Kibwtu other than a murram (dirt) road full of potholes. Two borehole (wells) in the area supply all water needs of the community, but they are overwhelmed considering the high population, and many people must carry their water a very long distance back home. There is no presence of a community health center, thus many people in this region still are uneducated about HIV/AIDs and do not have consistent access to ARV’s (anti-retrovirals) for treatment.
Our friend James grew up in Kibwtu. At the age of 11, his father passed away and since his mother abandoned them, he and a younger brother remained Read More
In September 2012, I moved to Uganda indefinitely to work with Watoto Child Care Ministries, a ministry which cares for about 3000 orphans in village settings. As you can imagine, that is a whole lot of mouths to feed! So, Watoto had begun to operate farms for sustainable agriculture – growing the food needed to feed the children. I came alongside them to assist them in Read More
I booked a ticket to Uganda not knowing what I was getting into or any plans. Before the trip, I had never been to anywhere in Africa and most of my knowledge about Africa came from reading and watching TV programs like a typical American. I got to travel all over Uganda, through Rwanda and even to the DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo). I did what other Westerners come to Africa to do – safari and other sight seeing adventures. However, I got to see and learn about Uganda more than most tourists will ever get to do.
I went to Kibuutu shortly after I arrived in Uganda. I got to see the existing schools and the small pig farm that Lianna & James had started. School was out so there were kids everywhere, watching us. My initial thought on the school was ‘what happened here; there must been a mistake.’ Being in the construction industry all my career, I immediately started to think about how we could build a replacement building. I just couldn’t walk away and ignore the fact that I can and have the ability to build a replacement school for this community. So here I am.