Hamlin School’s Global Citizenship Program
Providing 600 Children Clean Water. Cost: $6800 – Raised through donations
The mission of the Global Citizenship Program at the Hamlin School is to prepare self-aware leaders who are empowered to sustain and conserve the earth’s resources, communicate, understand, and problem solve in an increasingly interconnected world and economy, while seeking to promote freedom and possibility for all.
The Hamlin School, San Francisco, California
It all started on Earth Day in 2014. We gathered in the gym to watch Ryan’s Well. After the movie Lila was so inspired she asked Coco to build a well with her. As we talked Kinnari joined us. She also wanted to build a well. Soon enough three more girls joined and we were selling lemonade, having bake sales and earning extra money doing chores. We convinced ourschool to donate all of the money from the Earth Day projects to build a well. We want to build a well to help girls and make their work a little easier and healthier. The water from this well will help so many people in Uganda. Donate now!
This is the new well that the Hamlin School is raising money for.
There has been a lot of research around the lack of sustainability of wells due to contamination, parts breaking etc. During the last visit, representatives for Drop arranged to hire a local person to visit the wells regularly to make sure they are all in working order. It is both the goal and mission of Drop to keep wells in working order and sustainable.
CONCERN FOR THE GIRL CHILD
Report on Magoma RC primary school eligibility for water support
Magoma RC primary school was founded by the Catholic Church in 1970 and became government aided in 2004. It is situated along Kiwoko – Luwero road in Kyabalere village about 2km from Kiwoko town. It was one of CGC beneficiary primary schools under the CSF project.
Currently, according to school records, the school has a total population of 443 pupils. Of these 221 are Girls and 222 are Boys. The school has 8 teachers; 4 Females and 4 Males. The school has 7 classes (P.1 to P.7). The school academic performance is not the best but also not the worst in the worst. See following table for class enrolments in terms of females and males in each class.
NOTE: The school enrollment fluctuates every term due to frequent drop outs and new entrants from other neighboring schools.
Challenge of water at the school.
The school has no nearby water source. There are 3 water sources that are distant from the school where the children fetch water to use at school.
- Nakaswa bore hole This is situated in Nakaswa village about 2km from the school. This is the one that children regularly use because it is deemed safer for them as the way to it is a major feeder road in the village and is used by many people who can easily save them in case of abuses from wrong doers. This borehole serves an estimated 70 homes (with an average of 8 people per home which makes a population of 560 people) from 4 neighboring villages of Nakaswa, Magoma, Kyabalere and Wankwale.
- However; because the way to the well is a major feeder road used by motorists as well as people, there has been and still is a challenge of young children being knocked by speeding motor cycles. Kyabalere shallow well. This is situated deep in Kyabalere village about 1.5 km from the school. To access this water source, the children first use a section of the main road from Luwero to Kiwoko town and then branch off the road through peoples’ gardens to reach the well. This well is hand dug and during dry season, it dries completely and people have to trek long distances to other villages looking for water. This well serves people from the 3 villages of Kyabalere, Nakaswa and Butiikwa estimated at a population of about 800 people. This water sources presents many challenges including;
- Since they also go through the section of speeding cars, the risks of being knocked by careless drivers are high (so far one child has ever died due to this).
- Being deep in the village and going through un inhabited gardens, there are high chances of children especially girls being abused enroute.
- Farmers have always complained to the school management that their pupils were destroying their gardens when going and coming back from the well. They trample on crops and sometimes steal them.
This makes this water source also not good for the school to rely on.
- Magoma bore hole. This one is located in Lwanjazza-Magoma. Being located in another local council village, the residents of those areas always disturb the children from Magoma primary school because of coming from another LC. They can only fetch water from it when they don’t find people there or people found are kind hearted. To go there, children also have to go through a section of the main road before branching off to where the borehole is.
In order to avoid all the challenges the children from Magoma primary school are facing while looking for water to use while at school, there is need to provide a water source at or nearby the school premises where the teachers can easily monitor them while they fetch water.