Fernwood Went Digital!

In May, students, parents, and faculty in the Fernwood Elementary School Community took their annual Benefit Concert digital!  Over 14 years of concerts, Fernwood music students have done so much in Uganda; they have built a bathhouse, two literacy centers, and distributed new desks, not to mention the 13,000 pounds of supplies sent on containers!  When these young change-makers heard about the impact COVID-19 closures were having on schools in Uganda – teachers struggling to feed their families and students falling behind without reading materials at home – they already knew they could make a difference and set out to help their friends.  Our local kids raised over $3,500 to provide food and scholastic materials to children in Uganda.

This weekend, Sister Schools staff kicked off our distributions with food at our partners Ntawo Primary School and Kiyunga Islamic Primary School.  Concert supporters provided over 5,000 meals to students and their families!  While those who live in rural settings are able to provide for themselves and their communities through small-scale farming and family gardens, families at our urban partner schools are struggling to feed themselves.

When COVID-19 forced the Ugandan government to close their classrooms, they were only able to supply schools with 5 workbooks each.  Our largest partner school has over 600 students alone!  With less access to newspapers, educational television, and even radio programming, students at our rural partner schools have been falling further and further behind in their studies.  Students at Fernwood provided an additional 1,000 workbooks for students to keep their study skills sharp during the coronavirus pandemic.

You can check-out the sneak peak of our Distribution at Ntawo below, but stay tuned!  We will be sharing a little more about each partner school in the coming weeks.

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