On 28th January 2017 we held our 3rd back to school drive, and Ba Nga Afayo Initiative Uganda reached some unprecedented milestones. When we started, no other nonprofit in our area of operation shared our Back to School mission: to ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed by providing free school supplies to children in need. Last year alone we brought free school supplies to 300 hundred children living in extreme poverty through a variety of programs that help in our poorest neighborhood. Yet, we see so much need to expand going forward.
Watch this 3 minutes video to see how this program is changing lives.
The Back to School Program ensures that children from low-income families in our area receive the tools they need to succeed in school. This includes backpacks stuffed with grade level supplies for children plus sanitary towels for teenage girls at our orphanage and those from poverty stricken families. Thanks to generous people like you, the program reached 500 students in total this academic term.
The Back to School Program is one of many ways that Ba Nga Afayo Initiative is working to keep families in stable housing, supplying them with the assistance needed to free up financial resources to pay rent and grow some food. The program also provides relief to families worried about the extra expense, and joy to children as they prepare for a great year ahead.
In the coming years we are looking forward to serving even more children, schools, and communities that need the support to help young learners succeed in the classroom. We continually seek partnerships with new donors and organizations dedicated to making a difference in the educational sphere while keeping our current bonds as strong as ever. While we, as an organization, have learned every step of the way, we still have much learning to do. We will continue to champion education for students in need and make it a priority to establish equality in the classroom, persisting to challenge the income disparities children face to improve educational opportunities and academic outcomes.
Why is this program every academic term?
In Uganda, an academic year is made of three terms, each term lasting about three months. Comparing the donations our supporters currently make possible and the number children who need our help, all we can do for now is to provide a few supplies that can only help a child for only three months but can barely last more than that. Our aim is to see this program grow and being able to provide supplies that can take a child for at least one full year. The only way to do this is buy you joining our fight today. With increasing demand and continually declining resources, we need your help now more than ever!