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UGANDA: Diocese of Masindi-Kitara, Hostel Helps Girls Receive and Education

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Project Overview

Supervised housing provides safe accommodations for girls attending school far from home. 

Timeline: 1 year

Spiritual Engagement: 820

Community Engagement: 3,000

Anticipated Lives Impacted: 3,820

Total Amount Requested: $43,375

In their own words:

“I joined the school in 2012 as a senior … but one challenge I faced was that I could not commute on a daily basis and had nowhere to stay near the school. I am one of the few that school management has managed to get accommodations near the school premises, and this has benefited me a lot. … Getting accommodations within the school premises will go a long way in helping those of us who come from far so that we are able to benefit from all the activities of the school, such as extra lessons in the evening and Bible study classes.”

— Tracey Ngonzebwa, 15, student at Masindi-Kitara Christian High School

Context:

The Masindi district in Western Uganda has experienced an influx of migrants over the past decade. Rapid population growth has brought a wave of crime. Many families have difficulty meeting basic needs, much less education for their children. Families that have money for schooling tend to prioritize the education of boys over girls.

Need:

The Diocese of Masindi-Kitara started a high school to educate local children whose families are too poor to afford school fees. The school teaches academic subjects while instilling discipline and moral values through God’s Word. The school, which has 182 students enrolled in 2013, currently offers boarding for boys, but girls who live too far to commute every day must rent living space in town. Girls living on their own can be vulnerable to peer pressure and exploitation.

Solution:

The Anglican Diocese of Masindi-Kitara will build a girls hostel to accommodate 100 girls at the school. This will give girls whose families live far from the school a safe place to stay while they receive an education. Evening Bible study will help the girls develop good character and reduce their vulnerability to negative influences.

Life Impact

This project benefits 3,820 people, some through multiple impacts:

Spiritual Engagement:

820 people are impacted, including 500 construction volunteers and 200 family members who demonstrate increased willingness to engage with God’s Word by attending Bible studies; 100 girls who grow in their understanding of the Scriptures by attending school regularly and participating in evening Bible studies; and 20 teachers who take action inspired by the Scriptures by teaching children in the school and leading Bible studies

Community Engagement:

3,000 people learn about the importance of educating girls during the awareness campaign conducted by the Diocese of Masindi-Kitara

Project Design

The Anglican Diocese of Masindi-Kitara will build a one-story girls hostel to house 100 students at its existing Masindi-Kitara Christian High School. As the school enrollment has expanded each year, the diocese plans for the hostel to eventually contain three stories and house 300 girls. The first phase will be designed so that two stories can easily be added later.

The diocese will also raise awareness on the need to educate girls, reaching at least 3,000 residents of the Masindi district. In addition, about 500 community members will help with the construction of the hostel. The diocese will also hire contractors to complete the structure. A building committee headed by a professional engineer will oversee the construction process.

The hostel will provide a safe place for girl students to stay as they attend school. Students’ families will pay a nominal fee to help cover room and board. Evening activities at the hostel will include Bible study led by the school’s 20 teachers. Once a month, the school hosts a visiting day, which gives parents and other family members the opportunity to learn about God’s Word.

Measuring impact: The school headmaster will be in charge of the administration of the school, hostel and visiting days. The diocesan secretary and bishop will be directly in charge of construction of the girls hostel, along with the building committee. Progress reports on the project will be kept by the diocesan secretary.

Track Record

Since opening in 2011, Masindi-Kitara Christian High School has developed a good reputation in the area. The district has also run a 500-student primary school for more than 10 years. The schools offer a high-quality, subsidized education to local children that includes studying the Scriptures and an array of academic subjects.

Project Budget

Foundation (reinforced concrete): $12,868

Roof: $6,535

Walling, frame and ring beam: $6,219

Wall finishing: $6,092

Research and evaluation: $4,647

Windows and fitting: $4,274

Electrical connections: $1,020

Floor finishing: $943

Lighting protection: $463

Preliminaries and site clearing: $314

Labor: (Funding provided locally: $5,000)

Total: $43,375 (Additional funding provided locally: $5,000)

Note: Some church members will contribute cash to construct the building, while others will offer in-kind labor. 

Risk Analysis

Low: 1, Low/Medium: 2, Medium: 3, Medium/High: 4, High: 5

Concept: Risk Level 1

This project comes at a time when the district is struggling with a high influx of migrant families whose children are in need of an education, but lacks the funds to pay school fees.

Program Design and Experience: Risk Level 2

The diocese has successfully completed many building projects and has good support from the local community. Success of this project depends on enough girls electing to stay at the hostel.

Leadership: Risk Level 2 

The hostel is being built under the supervision of a team that has good standing in the church. To oversee the project, the bishop, diocesan secretary, and headmaster are working in partnership with a building committee that includes a professional engineer. The bishop of the diocese is relatively new, having been appointed in November 2012.

Financial Control: Risk Level 4

The Masindi-Kitara Diocese has externally audited financial statements, stable management and secure methods for transferring funds. Because all board members are also members of the Anglican Church, the organization lacks independence governance. The organization also ended two of the three years in review at a deficit, which could reflect the change in leadership in 2012. Total amounts provided in its statements could not be reconciled and required revisions on its annual accounts.

Sustainability: Risk Level 2

Parents will pay a minimal fee to help cover the costs of the girls’ housing and schooling. However, the school will need additional funding in order to complete the proposed second and third stories of the hostel.

External: Risk Level 1

Uganda has enjoyed political stability for more than 20 years and the implementer is not relying on a third party to complete the project.

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