For Giving Tuesday on 29th November 2016, Accomplish is raising money to build a special needs secondary school.
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Accomplish already funds a successful special needs primary school in Kasese, Uganda, run by the Rwenzori Association of Children with Disabilities (RAP-CD). However, on graduation, there are no specialist secondary schools for students with disabilities. Therefore, RAP-CD is now building a school to enable its pupils to continue their education.
Jeremiah, a blind student and recent RAP-CD graduate, is encountering difficulties at his new school. He explains: “The secondary school I have joined does not have any knowledge about disabilities. Whenever we do exams, I do them last because they must bring them back to RAP-CD to be translated into Braille, which gives me delays and isolation. I have much hopes that all these problems will be settled after the completion of our secondary school.”
Accomplish has already raised £30,000 to start building work (pictured below), but we now need an additional £46,000 to complete the classrooms and build a dormitory, install furnishings and buy basic school supplies.
Accomplish and RAP-CD will put your donation to the very best use – the primary school recently received high praise from government inspectors and is renowned in the region for excellent teaching. The new secondary school will enable its students to complete their education in a safe, happy and empowering environment.
Children supported by and learning in RAP-CD’s school come from difficult backgrounds. In Uganda there is still a culture of hiding away those with disabilities as they are often thought of as cursed. Parents care, but many simply cannot provide for children seen as a ‘burden’.
RAP-CD student Godfrey said: “Before I came to RAP-CD in 2010, my life was not good. People in the village would laugh at me. They would abuse and isolate me. But now, they admire me and want to become my friends because I can do what they cannot manage, e.g. I can play drums, piano and other instruments. I thank RAP-CD and Accomplish Children’s Trust for their support towards my success.”
RAP-CD’s school is changing the face of childhood disability in the region – children are learning to be self-sufficient, active, well-educated members of the community: bringing happiness to the lives of many.