Team College improvement program

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Team College School is a rural community education initiative. It is a registered Community Based Organization (CBO) with Ntungamo District and operates in Nyamuhani cell, Ruhanga parish, Itojo Sub County, Ruhaama County, Ntungamo District – South Western Uganda.

The school opened its doors to the public on 2 February 2009 and the objective is to offer post primary Educational services to rural youth aged 13 -19 years who would otherwise not afford to access such education due to prohibitive costs.

Team College

Team College is unique in the area in that it strives to accept children who may not be the most educationally gifted but those who have evidenced a willingness to learn and come from families where the cost of secondary education elsewhere is not an option. Whilst Team College has a good reputation amongst its students, its current physical condition does impact on its ability to deliver a good quality education.

The physical environment of the school is very poor and this has implications for learning. Currently, the buildings have got neither doors nor windows, this means that rain ingress is a regular occurrence. The walls are not plastered and the floors are not sealed. This means that on a rainy day students are learning in a muddy and dirty environment.

Floors not sealed
Floors not sealed

Also bugs like fleas, jiggers and ticks, which are common in the area have direct access to the classrooms exposing students to all sort of diseases.

No windows Moreover, during the rainy seasons (March to May and September to November) mold on walls and floors is common as they do not dry up quick enough and this causes respiratory infections in both students and teachers. This situation means that the school is unable to attract good quality teachers and this has serious implications for the students and their education results.

Team College
Classroom

 Our next initiative will involve focus on the installation of doors and windows, plastering of walls as well as sealing the floors. The anticipated outcome is that an improved physical environment will provide a better learning environment for the students and will make it more attractive to young people and their parents resulting in higher student numbers, thus more income, thus greater ability to attract and retain a better- standard of teachers.

Team College

The school boarding facilities are reduced to a room with no windows or doors for the boys, and a nearby house for the girls. The boys that currently board sleep on the floor and the girls have to share beds in the house they stay in. Boarding provides pupils an opportunity to focus on their studies away from the pressures of the home environment but when dormitories are not properly set up, living conditions can lead to distractions and eventually school failure.

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Sanitation at Team College

39 girls from Team College participated in LTHT’S Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) Program. Although, there is a high level of satisfaction among the students using the DFG sanitary pads we distributed earlier in the year, the lack of proper washing facilities at the school meant that their basic hygiene needs are not yet fully met. The current girls’ latrine is full and doesn’t provide enough space for the girls to wash and dry their pads we will therefore provide a separate washing facilities for boys and girls as part of this project. 

Water is extremely important in managing and maintaining hygiene. Currently the school has no running water  we will therefore install a rain harvest system to enable the school increase its hygiene levels. It is well documented that poor sanitation leads to increased incidences of diseases, which directly affects students’ performance and school results.

Keep an eye on this space for updates

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Skills Development Initiative : Tailoring

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It has been widely accepted within the Post 2015 discourse that to impact poverty in future, it will be necessary to create conditions that can provide capabilities and an enabling environment that will ensure that people can take charge of their lives and lift themselves out of poverty. Read more

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The construction of a toilet for girls

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Dear friends

A big thank you to those that attended our fundraising event and or donated to  the sanitation matters to girls campaign. Access to a toilet is something that most take for granted but 2.5 billion  people  worldwide do not have access to a toilet  so we are grateful for your support with this project  Read more

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African Inspired event in aid of Sanitation matters to girls

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A special African Inspired Dinner event is happening in Walton on Thames, Surrey on 18th October to raise money for project in Uganda that is providing training and skills for girls – specifically providing new sanitation and toilets at training workshops. Read more

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Menstrual Hygiene Day

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28 May is Menstrual Hygiene Day and this is something we started to look at in Ruhanga after I got a letter from one of our girls Elina Agaba. Elina is amongst the 15 girls from Team College Ruhanga that are taking part in bike repair initiative. Read more

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Photo update of work at the community health centre

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Last week we announced that work had on the Community Health Centre had started in earnest. A big thank you to those that have heeded our call for support. It is a huge undertaking and we are grateful for all the support that we can get

It is all hands on deck now and even the children joined in by carrying a brick or two to speed things up

First things first- patient toilet is going in first- sanitation is a big aspect of improving the health of the community

The other aspect of our work is ensuring that all work where ever possible is undertaken by local people.

 

Stay tuned we will provide you with updates and if you would like to make a financial contribution please do so at

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Walk 4 Water is back

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We had such fun last year walking around Virginia Water lake in Surrey to raise money for the water project. In December we hit the road to Ruhanga SW Uganda and walked for water for nearly two hours in the hills above Ruhanga. Those that could not join us asked if we could organise something local for that they could all join.

 

You asked and we have delivered!  To take part you need to download a sponsorship form by clicking on this link—

Virginia Water Walk Sponsor Form

Further details and joining instructions

This walk of 5K around the lake at Virginia Water, is in aid of Ruhanga Village Community Project. The walk will take place on 1st April 2012 at 1PM

I hope that together we can raise £2000  to build a long drop toilet block for the children of the village, This is really important as at the moment they do not have proper sanitation facilities at the School, for some 300 children. Not having this new facility increases their risk of contracting diseases like cholera.

Our sponsored walk will start by everyone meeting at the main entrance from the car park for Virginia Water Lake on the A30 next to The Wheatsheaf Pub. Please note you can park in the crown estate car park where normal car parking fees will apply, or you can park outside in local roads and walk into the park.

There are toilet facilities at the garage opposite the main entrance, or in the Wheatsheaf pub next to the main entrance, also there is a public toilet at the half way point around the walk at the polo grounds. I will be supplying a bottle of water for everyone at this point.

I would suggest that you wear good walking shoes, and appropriate clothing, it’s fine to bring your dog, just as long as it is under control at all times. This walk is all on tarmac footpaths so kiddies bikes and pushchairs should have no problem.

This is a fun walk not a race it does not matter if you finish in 36 minutes as our power walkers did last year, or in two hours that’s me I came in last, but, I had a wonderful time walking at a gentle pace with great friends.  So come on put your best foot forward and join me to make this a successful day not just for us but all the children who are relying on our help. Everyone over the finishing line will receive their own medal as a thank you from me for your help on this very special day.  And don’t forget your PICNIC as we will all celebrate getting around the course  by eating together at the end of the walk.

Hilary Browell contact No. 07825712460.

If you can’t join us please consider making a donation to our kitchen initiative

http://www.mycharitypage.com/ethnicsupplies

 

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Gender equality- the girls want a toilet of their own

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We have just come back from Ruhanga SW Uganda and what a trip.

We had a Xmas party at the Ruhanga Development School  and then there was the Walk 4 Water and official Turning on of the taps.

The community came out and got involved, I really can’t begin to put in words what this all felt like.

Austen- volunteer coordinator

With the water out of the way our attention turned to a great need that most of us in the west take for granted access to a toilet. As I explained in this post on BIRDS ON THE  BLOG  our girls are getting to that age when they need a toilet of their own and without which they will drop out of the the education system altogether. Without an education the  girls’s choices are limited almost always to an early marriage, being trafficked into prostitution and a life of poverty.

This problem is not unique to Ruhanga and according to the 2.6billion people worldwide are without a toilet. But it need not be this way and with direct action we can make a difference one community at a time. Our effort in Ruhanga is already under way and a few people have heeded our call to provide a girls’s toilet at the school, to join them please make a donation at

http://www.mycharitypage.com/ethnicsupplies

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