Project information

Kathy's Centre Kindergarten, Uganda

Give disadvantaged children aged 3-6 a better start in life at our ground-breaking early years education facility. This project will give 10 vulnerable infants, including AIDS orphans and marginalised children of adolescent mothers, a year's free education, nutrition & health checks.

February 2019 - January 2020

Charity information: Act4Africa

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  • Need

    Need

    In rural Uganda, 20% of people are living in extreme poverty, surviving on less than £1 a day. This results in a lack of education & opportunity for the youth. Children in Uganda have less than 6 years total schooling, causing ill-health, inequality and lack of options, allowing poverty to persist. Poverty, gender bias, and teenage marriage and/or pregnancy are factors that all contribute to just 40% of girls attending primary school, and only 15% completing their secondary education.

    Solution

    Kathy’s Kindergarten gives young children the best possible start in life through a first-class early education, helping to ensure they stay in education, improving future poverty rates. We provide children with a strong foundation for future learning and the opportunity to increase the average years total schooling, improving economic prospects and developing a more stable, and sustainable future for their communities.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide 10 disadvantaged children (3-6 years) with a first-class early education.


    Activities

    » We provide a safe, secure, purpose-built indoor & outdoor learning space fully equipped to offer children open-ended learning opportunities.
    » 4 qualified teachers committed to providing stimulating learning opportunities to engage with each individual child. Guidance from UK EYFS specialist
    » We build partnerships with parents/carers to ensure we give each child a strong foundation for future learning and, with that, deserved opportunities

    What success will look like

    Children will have high rates of attendance; improved attention spans, social skills & educational outcomes at kindergarten and go on to attend primary school.


    Aim 2

    To promote a healthy lifestyle and a sense of responsibility for the environment for each child.


    Activities

    » Children are provided with water and porridge on a daily basis.
    » Children are educated on the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and how to take care of the environment & themselves for proper growth and development.
    » We provide ecosan toilets, toothpaste, toothbrush, soap & wash facilities to ensure children learn how to keep themselves clean.
    » We provide regular health checks and have access to ad hoc support from a local health centre.

    What success will look like

    Children demonstrate an understanding of how to take care of their environment, keep safe and healthy and practice good habits.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Education plays a vital role in lifting the population from poverty. The first 5 years of a child's life are the most critical to their development. Children who attend kindergarten will be ready to learn and thrive at primary & go onto secondary school. Children with an education are more likely to access their own income, educate their own children and take care of their health.

    Risk

    Lack of trust due to: 1. Experience of endemic corruption: local leaders are mobilised, engaged & supportive of Kathy's Centre which is well established within the community. Teachers live in the locality. 2. Lack of understanding: Kindergarten has operated for 1 year and existing parents speak highly of it.
    Abuse of admission policy - staff have 16 years’ experience in identifying beneficiaries of our projects.
    Lack of attendance: good track record due to parental engagement/support

    Reporting

    Termly updates on the children's progress with photographs, plus end of year assessment results.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £4,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,500 Teaching Staff Training and employ one full time classroom teacher with support from head teacher
      £900 Support staff Cook, caretaker and health visitor
      £300 Uniforms Supply uniform and shoes to each child, including PE kit
      £200 Resources Supply consumable educational and hygiene materials
      £100 Meals Supply porridge and drinking water daily
  • Background

    Location

    This project is located in the rural district of Mayuge, Uganda where incidence of poverty remains chronically high. 74% of the population rely on subsistence farming. Due to gender inequalities women & girls constitute most of the rural poor. The population of Mayuge is 52% female. Mayuge is a recently established district with a lack of basic services; when coupled with a fast-growing population (60% below 19 years), this creates an environment conducive to poverty & deprivation

    Beneficiaries

    Some of the most vulnerable & marginalised young children (aged 3-6) in the community: AIDS orphans, children with HIV/AIDS & children of adolescent mothers. Mayuge has one of the highest rates of HIV in Uganda. Each year, 30% of births in rural Uganda are to girls under 19. In Mayuge, 6% of girls aged 12-17 have given birth. Affected by extreme poverty, unemployment, stigma, gender inequality, lack of education and family support these young mothers are unable to send their children to school.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Act4Africa is an award winning registered charity with 16+ years’ experience delivering grassroots development programmes in sub-Saharan Africa. Our mission is to address inequality in Africa through gender justice, health, education & sustainable earning potential. Over the years, the impact of our work has reached 1.75 million beneficiaries. Kathy’s Centre opened in Mayuge town in September 2017, providing a kindergarten, vital health & support services, community training programmes & a farm

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Basil Amatre

    Head teacher: responsible for training & supporting class teacher; developing and overseeing teaching/learning/assessment; ensuring safe/secure space

    Grace Takali

    Class Teacher: Key worker for the beneficiaries of the project. Responsible for their individual progress, well-being & parental communication

    Sarah Istephan

    Project Manager: directs and oversees the project from UK, sets, monitors & evaluates progress towards KPIs, advises on necessary project adjustments