The children’s home town is about 6 hours drive north of Lumperie. Although there is a school in their home town the children’s mother was unable to afford the school fees and often they were sent home because fees had not been paid. This led to breaks of up to a year in their education, Pastor Steven Musisi was contacted by the mother and he agreed to allow them to attend the Lumperie School. It was always hoped that the fees would be found by the mother, but the education of the children was more important to Pastor Musisi Director of African Child Education Trust and the School Director Pastor Steven Nakibinge than the payment of fees. To allow children to attend school, knowing that there will be issues over payment of fees does of course bring challenges for the school. The primary challenge is how do you pay the teachers? See my post on ‘Where are the Teachers’.
A letter to the sponsor from the Anena the eldest sister says it all of what it means to a child to know that someone cares enough to support them through their education “Thank you for the thing you have done to us we pray to God to bless you so so much and work with you “.
Of course this is only the beginning of an educational journey for them and many other children in similar situations as they are. Anena only has 2 more terms at the Primary School, currently there is not a Secondary at Lumperie for her to attend, therefore the prospect of her continuing her education looks very limited.
We are currently developing plans which will lead to the establishment of a Secondary School, but this might be to late for Anena and her classmates.
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