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Education for the grassroots Children, poverty eradication strategy for Africa

Everybody has the potential to live a better life. Given the opportunity, education and motivation everyone can become someone admirable.

How can I get these voices heard and support emerged?
In the rural communities of Uganda, eight out of ten girls who enroll for primary school fail to make it to the final year, let alone pass their leaving exams and continue their education. In Kenya the ratio is two out of five.
The reasons include the following: No proper infrastructure (classrooms), they study under the tree, under grass thatched huts. When the sun is too hot or in a rainy season, they suffer shelter, they sit on the dusty/mady floor because they do not have desks. They do not have latrines (what you call toilets), in cases where there is a latrine, it is shared by the teachers and pupils both males and female go to the same "place of convenience" poor hygiene is alarming. These pupils walk long distances to the "nearest" schools. They do not eat anything at school, because there is no feeding programmes. The girls do not know what sanitary towels are!, they wear rugs and shy-up being at school in their "unfortunate" days. The pupils can not afford books because their parents are poor, lack of curriculum materials like textbooks, maps,lack of extra curricular and sporting equipments, trading off of the girl child at an early age for bride wealth, child labor where these children are forced by their parents to absent themselves from school in order to work in the farms, take care of their siblings and do house work, these and many more are the problems of the grassroots young stars.

The question is: Should education remain for the rich? Those in the urban centers? Those born lucky?
The grassroots Children and communities need support, our support, they are Children (ages 4 to 17), and their mothers and fathers most of whom have not attended formal education, do not have jobs and survive on less than $1 a day yet they can be trained to start income generating activities.
Generations have come and have gone, Africa is not developing, the richer are getting richer, the poor poorer there is a huge gap between. Shall we have continuous early marriages, poverty circle, domestic violence, prostitution, theft forever?

Build Africa is here to answer these questions practically, involving communities, parents, teachers and pupils in the progressive development of schools and performances. Build Africa is currently working with 42 Ugandan and 20 Kenyan schools in construction of their infrastructures, training school management committees on School Development Plans, training teachers, training communities on savings and loaning schemes, Mainstreaming HIV/AIDS, gender related issues in the grassroots communities and schools, providing extra curricular and sporting equipments, tracking abuse of vulnerable children, promotion of child protection among others, - bringing practical help to remote areas of Uganda and Kenya and affecting the lives of thousands of children, helping young people escape poverty through education, improving the livelihood of young people, their parents and communities through promotion of income generating activities, savings and loaning schemes.

Build Africa is looking into expanding throughout Africa soon given the resources required our vision is for every young person in Africa to fulfill their potential and to make a difference to their community.

Danny Wallace, one of our donors had this to say,"What Build Africa is doing with their Build a School campaign is far more than just building schools. They're building bridges. They're giving hope, and ambition, and the basic but vital tool of education to people who don't just deserve it, but need it. Me and my friends are proud to support."

I am appealing to you today to build Africa through Build Africa. If you donate to Build Africa, you are empowering the grassroots children and communities in Africa.

Thank you for supporting Build Africa!!

Beatrice - Uganda.

For more information and to contact us, here are useful links:

Watch our videos by clicking here http://www.build-africa.org/pages/film-and-brochure.html
Our home page: http://www.build-africa.org/
Visit us in Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BuildAfrica
We also won a Charity Award in 2009: http://www.charityawards.co.uk/category.php?pg=1&cat=9&yr=13#Build%20Afr...
Twitter: http://twitter.com/BuildAfrica
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/BuildAfrica

The future of a grassroot girl child can be brighter with our support

Comments

Farona's picture

Thanks for the post, Acheing

Thanks for the post, Acheing ! What I so love about the whole project is it aims to educate and create awareness about critical issues and not just focus on basic literacy skills, a good example of how children in one place not only becomes good students but also responsible students. Indeed, a rare opportunity to escape poverty

AchiengNas's picture

Thank you Farona

Farona,
I enjoy working with a practical and realistic grassroots organization. Build Africa is just that. If there is anyone out there who would like to support education in Africa, help grassroots communities grow their incomes and be able to pay school fees for their children, keep a girl child at school, mainstream HVI/AIDS and gender issues; Build Africa will satisfy your mission. Do not hesitate to contact us using the email addresses on the website.

I believe the reason for this great platform is to get things moving through the power of our voices and actions, why not moving through Build Africa?


Achieng Beatrice Nas
Programme Officer Communications - Build Africa Uganda.
Giving practical support to the real grassroots communities through education and income generation
www.build-africa.org

I believe everybody has the potential to live a better life. Given the Opportunity, Education and Motivation ANYONE can become someone admirable. Nobody is a NOBODY, everybody is SOMEBODY.

Hello Achieng,

I didn't say before that am one of your fans. I love your blogging and your strong voice.
I agree with you that education is the best remedy for Africa's dilema. Educating people reading and writing as well as fundamental human rights.
Thank you so much for raising this important issue.

With admiration,

Halima

AchiengNas's picture

Good to Know

Halima,
I am glad to know you are my fan, I am yours too. I am grateful for this great platform bringing us closer to each other nomatter the distance.Some day I will see you face to face.
Education is very vital in the development of any given economy.

Thank you for your comment.

Beatrice

I believe everybody has the potential to live a better life. Given the Opportunity, Education and Motivation ANYONE can become someone admirable. Nobody is a NOBODY, everybody is SOMEBODY.

Dear sister Acheing,

Thank you so much for sharing what you are devoting for the development of your community in Africa. I am very proud of you and I absolutely admire your idea of existing Build Africa and the way you work. Education is the cornerstone of the development of a country.

I have a friend from Uganda. These are her information – Phone +256 703266915Mobile, Address The Women Support Initiative-TWOSI, P.O BOX 589 ,Masaka-Uganda, Screen name nakarose12(Skype), Website http://www.twosi.webs.com, Email nakarose12@yahoo.co. Her name is Rosemary. We met at the Oxfam International Youths Partnership program’s Kaleidoscope event which was held last November in New Delhi, India. We were from the same homeroom in the conference.

The organization I am working here, in the Burma has some projects in African but I don't know exactly where they are. When our coordinator from headquarter in Coloroda comes in September, I'll ask her if she knows you. They are very good people. I hope I can find ways to support your organization through my bosses.

Best regards,
Insha Allah
Myanmar (Burma)

Shwe Wutt Hmon

WILDKat's picture

Checking in and hope you are well

Hi Beatrice,

Just a quick check in to see how life is progressing for you after such a powerfully moving year of family affairs and writing your feelings for your community.

We have just returned from the JEfferson Awards where McKEnzy, my 14 year wise son recieved an Jefferson Award-think Nobel Peace prize for community service for winning the Ashoka award for Technology 4 a Better World national competition. We also visited Oceana where he is one of 6 finalists our of 500 in the young ocean heroes contest. So much recognition and now to give greater pulse to the words teens speak about their future.

He credits you with having the courage to speak truth boldly as he learned over our family dinners speaking about what you and your family were facing as you had family obligations and articles to write. Your resilience and bravery move us all.

Be well and keep connected-we care!

Naturally grateful,
Kat Haber

"Know thyself." ~ Plato

AchiengNas's picture

Oh my Kat

I am so sorry I am in time crisis for LONG. I am working on so many projects, there had never been a position such as mine in Build Africa so as they structure the duties, mine is still very demanding a role.

I am so proud of McKenzy, that young one amazed me in the video he made about my family, nowonder he is scoring great. Congratulations to you McKenzy! And Kat, thank you for being a wonderful mentor to me.
Thanks too for this call, for so long I have been silent in this room.

I will write an article right way before work arrests me again. World Pulse is my home and will always be. I hope to have ample time towards late July. I will do my very best to get back to normal here. Wake-up calls like this one is magical!!

Thank you Kat,

Beatrice

I believe everybody has the potential to live a better life. Given the Opportunity, Education and Motivation ANYONE can become someone admirable. Nobody is a NOBODY, everybody is SOMEBODY.

Beatrice,

I will always be your fan. Hope the moments along the way to Building a Better Africa give you great joy.

Naturally grateful,
Kat Haber

"Know thyself." ~ Plato

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