This Christmas we will be raising money to provide St Agnes secondary school in Uganda with textbooks and science equipment.
St Agnes is a new secondary school in Kasese, a small town in south west Uganda near the Rwenzori mountains and the border with Congo. It is run by the Rwenzori Association of Parents of Children with Disabilities (RAP-CD), an organisation to which Accomplish has given grants since we started in November 2008.
RAP-CD already runs a successful special needs primary school, which a government inspector pronounced to be the best school in south west Uganda for children with disabilities.
When the primary school’s oldest pupils graduated, RAP-CD realised they had nowhere suitable to continue their education. Some children enrolled in local secondary schools, but found these schools unable to cater adequately for children with disabilities. For instance, they did not possess the right equipment for blind students to take exams. Day to day, the schools did not make adequate provision for teaching students with disabilities, so as a result, some former RAP-CD students started to fall behind academically.
Other pupils simply returned to RAP-CD the year after having graduated because the primary school was their home and they had nowhere else to go.
Due to the pressing need, RAP-CD opened St Agnes in January, with a small classroom and on a shoe string budget. The school desperately needs textbooks and enough science equipment to teach the Uganda curriculum.
In total, we need to raise £1,100 for textbooks and £1,780 for science laboratory equipment. This can be broken down into gift-size chunks, ideal for a friend or relative who would like a charitable gift this year instead of, or as well as, a physical present. Even a small donation this Christmas will make a material difference to the quality of teaching at St Agnes, where the cost of science laboratory equipment starts at just £1.
We are seeking donations to buy:
· Textbooks, which range from £3 to £13.50, although many cost about a fiver
· Glass beakers at £1-3
· Charts and pictures of anatomy, which cost £8
· Dissecting kits at £4.50
· Measuring cylinders, which cost £1-13
· Models at £17
· Pipettes for £1.25
· Test tubes, which cost £9-13 for a pack of 100
· Bunsen burners at £2.67
You can donate to our Christmas campaign via BTMyDonate
If you are buying a textbook or piece of science equipment as a Christmas present for a friend or relative, please let us know so we can email a thank you card to you. Please get in touch with us via firstname.lastname@example.org
As well as raising money throughout the Christmas period, we’ll also be making a big splash on our Facebook and Twitter pages for Giving Tuesday on 28 November. Please like and share our posts, and help us to spread the word!