Monday, November 17, 2014

Kids who need a school to call their own!

Rubanda Solidarity School started operating in 2005 becoming the first private school in Rubanda to curve out a particular program for vulnerable and most disadvantaged children in the community. The school runs two separate programs of education from the same facility:  Nursery and Day and Boarding Primary school education. Our vision remains that of having a better life through offering equal opportunities for quality education to both girl and boy child alike in the community that is predominately male focused.  
We currently use the same provisional facilities for both primary and nursery school students because of limited funds to construct an independent nursery school. This has lots of limitations as it reduces our needed concentration for age groups especially the youngest of them all. Our nursery school enrollment age  is six. However, many times we have exceptions for even much younger  for children who may have serious social problems and need immediate support. Our school hosts a total number of 310 students who love to call it their second home. The 85 kids in the nursery school are badly in need of an new school they can call their own. They are generously being hosted by the primary school . We are now fully engaged locally and globally in looking for funds to construct a new nursery school that will enable us to offer  to these children and those in the future more child development attention that is so urgently needed. 

Thank you for being interested in our activities to make a difference in the lives of children in Rubanda.

The class view of teacher Angela enjoying
her class work with her middle class kids 11.16.2014

Teacher Rosette and Nursery section deputy Joy
entertain Baby class kids into
 the new day before classes Nov. 16th 2014

Teacher Unice enjoys African story telling with her Middle Class
Candidates to grade( class) one:kids Nov. 2014.

Standing behind L-R are teachers;  Angela, Unice,
Deputy Joy and Rosette pausing for a group photo with their
Nursery School kids 11. 16.2014

Teacher Angela joins smiling Nursery
 School Kids for a group picture 11.16.2014

Friday, November 14, 2014

Progressive Candidates since 2012

Hello Visitor, 

These photos below will drive you into the real life at Rubanda Solidarity School. They give you a taste at a glance of our fruits with our kids and their academic performances in a period of three years when we have had the Uganda Primary Leaving Examination (UPLE). Since the begining of our school, ten years ago, our policy has always been, never think of a child's development unless your menu has ingredients to improving their conditions of life, Equal opportunities of quality education for both girl and boy child, integral development ( physical, social, spiritual and academic). Like Aristotle, educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all, we strive to invest all we have for the well being of our children in the school. These are children who would someone else if there were no hearts of love. And love would be meaningless if it did not have the designer. Faith and God are so important to the world of love and peace for all. This is a big drive behind all the difference made. Their health and their school performances tell it all. 

Please, if you are already part of us contributing in any way toward this progress, join the community, staff, children, the US and UG. Yamba Abaana to appreciate all our efforts made so far. And if you are a new visitor, still deciding what your contribution could be, we welcome you to our blogger to learn more about us. Our success is an effort of so many people whom God has blessed with so big and generous  hearts. One day you may be part of us.  Enjoy the photos. 

31 UPLE Candidates for 2015:
For the first time in history we have broken the record.
We have more girls than boys in a class of candidacy 2015. 
Out of 31 students, we have 18 girls and 13 boys.
This is a fascinating story in a culture with  a strong male dominance
even toward quality education.
We are very proud of this progress made
We all pledge to continue to promote our vision and Mission..
 We wish you a wonderful final year with us at our school .
Remember,  we are praying for you to fly like butterflies at your exams this coming year. 

26 UPLE Candidates 2014.
These have just completed their national exams and are waiting for their results.
 They are eleven girls and fifteen boys.
We hope for best results. We know you are sharp and smart kids.
We remember you all in our prayers.

26 UPLE Candidates of 2013 pause with their teachers for a group photo at the school gate.
The results; 22 students scored first distinction while 4 got second.
All passed excellently for higher education.
We are proud of you.

21 UPLE Pioneer Candidates  of 2012. They were 19 boys and 12 girls.
Results: All passed with excellent performance to higher education with
19 students scoring first distinction while two  getting second.
Thank you for laying a very good foundation for our school.
You will always be remembered. 

Sunday, November 9, 2014

A smiling staff builds a child's future!

Good teachers are mothers and fathers of a nation as parents are to a family.  
 It takes lots of energy and time to find the right people to do the right job. 
Rubanda Solidarity has found that rare team to make a difference. 
That makes our school unique and a welcoming home .
How wonderful it is to have you all. 
Best regards!

2014: Directress Sr. Annamary with some school teachers & Administrator

2014: The Support staff  enjoys employment opportunity offered by our school.
 They are all victims of school drop out due to poverty related issues.
They are so grateful of the opportunity to have a job,
Be able to have a plan of their own, and
Get salary  to improve  their life.
Thank you to all our supporters.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

New E- Kindles arrive

The year 2014 is a tech  year at Rubanda Solidarity School. The Yamba Abaana USA in Partnership with Yamba Abaana Uganda through Rubanda Solidarity are determined to improve the culture of reading at the school by introducing E-Kindle readers. Its  exciting.

The pilot project was initiated in February this same year when a group  of five representatives from the Yamba Abaana USA visited the school. Four E-Kindles were donated by some of the members of the team to start the pilot projects. The results have been incredibly amazing  which have attracted more E-Kindle donations.  Few months down the road, another generous couple donated more seven kindles which have been immediately loaded with 100 books each and shiped to the school. Few weeks later, the E-Kindles arrived at the school and were received with unbelievable joy and excitement by every one at the school. In the photos below you will be able to share that excitement when Brother Kitone is delivering the E-Kindles from Kampala to the head students. As if this is not exciting enough for Rubanda Solidarity School students and staff, another donation of fifty new more E-Kindles is on progress. We will keep you posted.

It must be noted that after few months using the first bitch of the four E-Kindles an evaluation was conducted by the responsible teachers of the project and Diana gave its summary that prompted more donations. Please find the summary of their report here below these photos.
7 E-Kindles of Second Phase delivered at the school

Groups set up to maximize the use of limited E-Kindles 

Teacher Immaculate & Bonaventure instruct the kids on E-Kindle tech. 


Below is the enrollment of pupils studying E-Kindles.

Gr.3    39
Gr.4     47
Gr.5      36
Total    122.

Impact of the project to the School and the community.

On the side of learners, they have been helped to know how to operate the kindles. They know and assist students putting them on and off and searching for the content.

They have known how to use kindles by searching for titles and selecting books of their choice to read.
Learners have improved on fluency because they learn the meaning of new wards under the guidance of the teacher.
They have improved a skill of sharing among themselves because they read in groups hence discussing about new ideas.
They have developed a value of articulation of wards through considering or using the dictionary which is in the kindle.
Learners have liked schooling because they do not want to miss classes in order not to miss kindle lessons.
On the side of teachers, they have been helped to know how to handle learners using English because learners do understand English.
Kindles have helped to promote learner- teacher good relationship because learners are free to ask teachers questions concerning kindles.
Kindles have promoted learner- centered during teaching and learning process     among the learners.

Challenges being faced by the learners and teachers.

1.    The number of Kindles is very small compared to the number of pupils we have. Learners wish to use the kindles but they are not enough and some end up not getting a chance to touch on them.
2.     Due to the inadequacy of kindles, teachers take a lot of time trying to explain to pupils.

Lastly, we continue to thank the members of Yamba Abaana US who have initiated the kindle project which has promoted good things to our learners and teachers as well. We pray that God may continue to guide us all to be able to cooperate together to for the benefits of our children to reach their goals.
May God bless you all.

Diana Orishaba

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Reap what you sow-UPLE

This week of Oct. 30th 2014 marks the final week of our 26 grade seven candidates to be in our school. They are moving through their final days to their Uganda Primary Leaving Examination (UPLE) exams. It  will be for three days starting with the briefing day on Monday . The exams consist of four major subjects of Sciences, Social Studies, Mathematics and English. The end of these exams will  also mean the end of their a primary curriculum to higher education commonly known as secondary education.  Around this period of the year, many people are excited as kids aspire to higher steps in their life. However there is always a lot of anxiety of failing exams among  both parents, teachers and students. There is always an examination fever going on. Its  like football or soccer. There are always surprises of any kind. Though our candidates are smart,  they need  your unprecedented prayers. Please do respond to their humble request for prayers in this time of very great need.
Please, here below are some of the pictures taken during  Mass when children where in Rubanda parish when all candidates were invited to come forward for a blessing.

Our candidates Kneel in front of the Altar for a blessing on a Sunday before their exams Oct. 26.2014

Last touches of our candidates with St. Teresa's joint group discussion Oct. 2014

Monday, October 27, 2014

Water Is Life!

This is October update of the water hunting mission launched in February this same year 2014. Its the progress of the same project written about in May under the title " Water! Water! Water! of this blog.

Every morning at the assembly, our school children are reminded of how "water is life". They have to make sure they take care of water as much as they do for their life.

This  year is unique at our school because we are thinking and doing a lot of how to improve our water safety.   Rubanda community knows little about the difference between seasons of summer and winter. Because it has both seasons mixed up. One day may be rainy the other may be sunny the year long except for the months of June and July which are harvesting sunny hot months of the year.

Though the seasons may be  a mixture of rains and sun, water can be a real problem.  Our children can describe it best because they feel its pinch  more than any body else. Sometimes they have had to leave classes and walk miles away in search of water for their breakfast or a meal. They also know quite well how washing their clothes is a big headache when it comes to getting water. To show you how serious the problem is in the list of items required by the school administration from each child who enrolls to the school there is a five liter jerrycan. This is at the top of the list for water emergency. Each kid knows quite well what to do when the whistle for water search is brown. That means water emergency break out.  Other times these kids have to carry their clothes on their heads and shoulders and go hunting for possible streams or water catchments areas in the neighborhood. This is safety risky and health hazardous. But as water is life there are choices in Rubanda.

There is some green light this year. The USA Yamba  Abaana has come in with an idea to make a difference. This difference is captured in two alternatives: Renovating the old rain water harvesting system as the immediate solution and identifying new possible ways to get constant water supply by having a drilled water well for constant water supply. 

These ideas started to develop some years back when the current system was fixed. We are glad that this year  the Yamba Abaana US has come in with more focus and began raising funds at the beginning of this year. We are also pleased to let you know that the implementation that began few weeks ago is soon to be completed.
Thank you Yamba Abaana USA and to you all our friends who have made this possible. The renovated system can now supply water to more kids and for a longer period of time within a year. We estimate the new harvested water capacity to be able to cover over five months of  with normal rains. This means, there is still a great need to have other reliable sources of water to provide enough water security. 

Please enjoy some of the pictures taken during the renovation of the water harvesting  process.

Water tank of 5000 liters delivered  to the school: Oct 2014

Renovating the old system: Oct. 2014

Replacing  a 1500 tank with those 5000 one: Oct. 2014

Improving water harvesting with a 5000 bigger tank 

Making sure no drop of water is wasted: October 2014
Gutters are seen all over to make sure no drop is lost Oct. 2014

 Thank you all who contributed to this project. 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Incredible Ugandan Animals Eat Kneeling!

July 26, 2014 will remain an unforgettable day to our Rubanda Solidarity School students of upper grades of 4-7 who had their study trip to both Mburo game park and Lake Mburo in Mbara district, Uganda.

The trip that began in the early morning hours of the day aboard two coaster buses was an amazing day for the students. Setting out of the school gate there is a narrow, dusty marrum road that kids use every day and know so well. A mile away is the highway road that links Uganda with DRC through Bunagana in the west and heads to Kabale and Mbarara towns in the east. Entering the highway was so amazing for the students.They all screamed for safety and invoked God's protection. Because, most of them had never been given a ride on a tarmacked road. They were full of excitement a midst screams for life as one of them shouted loud, "we are still young to die".

As they traveled through Kabale town they headed for Mbarara to Lake Mburo. At Lake Mburo their first eye contact was the strange animals that eat-kneeling. It was indeed their first time to see such strange animals. "They are so friendly animals", one of them called his friends.  Another child answered back, "they eat-kneeling and are friendly to children". Children know how curious and scary they can be when in the presence of animals with exposed teeth, as if ready to have their prey. "Its awesome", mentioned as she made a joyous jump.

The objectives of the study trip were an act of appreciation and farewell to the candidates of grade seven, an exposure to them and other higher grade students of 4-6. Moving out of ones village provides a sense of maturity and seeing things differently. It also a final opportunity to the finalists as they prepare for their final national exams. 
Some of the things they learn on their trip include; Animals and landscape, different types of infrastructure including roads and road signs. They also travel on water through the lakes, track animals in the game parks, visit national monuments and places of worship. They are also guided though issues of communication like bus parks in towns, post offices and banks as tools to use because soon they are to start their own navigation in life.

Students who were so amused when they say the kneel and eat animals could not hold their breath when they paused for a photo next to these animals as of they were part of their group. "I will never forget this", one of the students commented. After a one day's study tour, the students had an African traditional danced to refresh their spirits as they headed back to the school in the first watch of the night. Enjoy the pictures below.

Students & Staff pause for a group photo at lake Mburo on 7-28-2014

Friendly animals that eat- kneeling  at lake Mburo -Uganda 2014

Friendly animals that welcome the students  on their study  2014

Sleep standing animals at lake Mburo in Uganda 2014