One Week of Classes Down

One week of classes has been completed. We are excited for every future week that will take place at this school - hopefully thousands upon thousands more! 

Every decision made for the school was carefully planned out. From the roof of the building being slanted to let the hot air escape through the ventilators. To each classroom having round tables instead of desks to encourage group work. "Chalk and talk" is the typical teaching method in Ugandan where the children are lectured all day. 

We praise God for every child that has enrolled in our school! Our expectation was around 100 children. On Friday, we had to cut off enrollment because we had over 200 children! We know these children will be getting a quality education and learn about our magnificent Jesus! Our whole goal as an organization is to empower families for a bright and sustainable future. One of the best ways to accomplish this goal is through education. We are working with both the children and their parents to break the cycle of poverty.

The time the school is needed is NOW! We have students that are 12 years old enrolling in our kindergarten class. These children have never set foot in a school and most likely know little to no English. The teachers and our whole staff have our work cut out for us! But we receive our power from our Great God. 

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With the increased amount of children, we need more furniture and supplies for the children. This comes out to be around $40 to give each of the 132 new children a seat, shared table, notebooks, pencils, pens, and eating dishes. Will you please help with this initial cost so that each student has a chair to sit on, a book to write in, and dishes to eat from? Your partnership with us gives not only these beautiful children, but their entire families, the opportunity to come to know Jesus and receive an education and livelihood. Thank you for being part of what GOD is doing here through Ignite Change!

 

Why Ignite Change?

By involving both the parents and the children, we are working to break the cycle of poverty on two fronts. We are following Christ’s example of loving and serving others, and we are emboldened by the Great Commission to share Christ’s love with the whole world (Matthew 28:19-20).

School Update

As each week passes, we are getting closer to breaking ground for our Primary School! Our architect has given us a few sketches of what the school will look like. It continues to build our excitement as we now have a clear picture of the design. 

 One of the Classroom Blocks

One of the Classroom Blocks

After we knew God was calling us to build this school, we began praying for land. God opened up many doors for us to purchase 4 different plots next to each other to have an area big enough for all the school buildings needed. You can see a picture of the land here.

Almost all schools in Uganda (and most of Africa) look the same. They have a symmetrical roof with no overhang. We began looking at different options available and a TED Talk from an architect in Togo came up in our searches. He had tilted the roof of the school in order for the hot air to escape. The idea is so simple yet can help keep the classrooms cooler in the village of Ngai where the school is being built. We began meeting with architects and discussing tilting the roof. Many of the architects told us it was "not possible" so we continued searching. Thankfully, we found an architect who was able to bring our vision to life! And at the same time, we are able to employ all Ugandan employees for the design and construction of the school.