A joyful handover took place in the Ugandan refugee settlement of Nakivale in June marking the completion of a wide-ranging project to improve the state of education in the settlement.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in partnership with non-profit organisation Windle International Uganda, assisted six schools to significantly upgrade their educational facilities in the area.
As part of the project, the Church funded the building of 18 permanent classrooms across six schools. About 380 school desks and chairs were also supplied to furnish the constructed classrooms.
In addition, the Church supplied 20 desktop computers for the use of students at the Nakivale Secondary School. Along with that, internet connectivity and network data for 12 months for the computer Laboratory at Nakivale Secondary School was provided. This will allow students an unprecedented opportunity to research and learn online.
The project also helped to provide learning materials to some of the major schools in the settlement. New Lower-Level Secondary School Curriculum textbooks for teachers and learners in Nakivale Secondary School were supplied. The Nakivale Vocational Training College also received a raft of vocational training materials.
Nakivale is home to approximately 120,000 people and reportedly the eighth-largest refugee camp in the world.
Present at the Handover Ceremony was Sala Odokodit a leader of the church from Masaka, Uganda, Elder and Sister Bird Humanitarian, missionaries for the church, and several leaders and representatives from the community.
Elder Bird told community members and students that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is “here to help our brothers and sisters receive more of the things that the Lord Has in store for you.”