ARCHANGEL MICHAEL SECONDARY SCHOOLBy November 2014, Archangel Michael Secondary School (the first school constructed with funds from St. Nektarios, called also Gulu School) has enrolled a total of 455 students (201 girls and 254 boys) out of which 408 are boarding students. The school has three dormitories, one dormitory for boys (permanent structure) and two dormitories (one permanent and one semi-permanent) for girls boarding. The school has a total of 26 (20 male and 6 female) staff, out of which 17 are teaching staff.
Issue: The school well dried out and we are in the process of identifying the location for a new well and construct it to have water during the dry season as well. IOCC will pay for the well reconstruction from Katherine Valone Fund.
TRENTON WHITE MEMORIAL SECONDARY SCHOOLTrenton White Memorial Secondary School (the second school built with St. Nektarios funds in Lwemiyaga) opened its doors in February of this year. The school has enrolled 86 students (47 girls and 39 boys) in its fourth term of operations. There are a total of 40 boarding students (24 girls and 16 boys). The girls are boarding in one of the classrooms whereas the boys are being housed in a nearby two room rental property. The school has 14 staff (11 teaching and 3 administrative staff). All staff are being fully paid through the school income although their salaries are less than what the government pays in its schools.
Issue: The school is growing and in order to be sustainable it needs two dormitories (one for girls and one for boys) and two additional classes for high school. It also needs a power station, a laboratory, and a computer section. MP SSekikubo Theodore is willing to personally contribute with the power station, the lab, and the computer section. IOCC is asked to contribute with the girls dormitory and the two additional high school classes.
BUTEMBE SCHOOL CONSTRUCTIONThe Butembe school construction activities began in August of 2014. So far, two tranches of funding have been transferred to the Ugandan Orthodox Church, the second one was received on November 20th, 2014. Implementation of activities under this project has been on schedule. The construction of four classrooms and an office is 50% completed. The initial roof waters harvesting system (RHS) design has been revised based on an improved RHS that has been set-up by IOCC in Cameroon. Funds for this component will be covered through IOCC’s water project funds. Once the construction activities are completed, the school will be equipped with single sitter desks that will enable to enroll 240 students. The project monitoring committee would like the school to be named soon by the donor in order for them to start processing registration of the school with the District.
The Saint Nektarios Education Fund is a volunteer based, grass roots organization focused on building schools and assisting students living in poverty. We are committed to delivering over ninety five cents of every dollar directly to our projects. We believe that our schools should be locally run and organized and should be open to every child desiring an education. It is our goal to use local contractors and local expertise to advise, build, design and manage our projects. We believe that the work is not about us but about and for the children and so we work very hard to remain in the background and let the work speak for itself.
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