Uganda School UpdatesAs you may know, we now have fully operating primary and secondary schools on our campus. We have approximately 380 students in attendance, with roughly half in the primary section and half in the high school section. We have students in every grade level in the high school (S1-6). We also have approximately 35 boarding students in the high school. They are currently housed in extra classrooms, but dormitory buildings will be needed soon. I counted 24 bunk beds in one classroom functioning as a dorm room!
Our school finally became part of the electrical grid in Uganda about a year ago. However, power is inconsistent because electricity is rationed. We had to switch back and forth between the grid and solar power multiple times during our visit.
On the day we returned home from our trip in May, the Ugandan president signed into law a set of draconian anti-LGBTQ laws, which even include the death sentence in some cases. Regardless of one’s views on this issue, these laws represent a breach of human dignity and a violation of human rights. As a result, Uganda now faces sanctions by many non-profit organizations and Western nations. Although this strong governmental control also extends to the school curriculum in Uganda, we will continue to support the education of our students in an environment that is free from hatred, bigotry, and discrimination.
Before I conclude, I must tell you that we have suffered a significant decline in student sponsorships since the beginning of the pandemic.