A second level was opened at the Child of Hope school in February 2013 and we now provide free education for around 310 nursery children (ages 3-6) and primary children (ages 7-12) from the Namatala slum. A further five children are sponsored at state primary and secondary schools.
Our aim is to ultimately provide education to around 600 children between the ages of 3 to 11 years living in Namatala.
This school is not a temporary structure – as many charity-built African schools are, lasting only a few years. This building is a permanent facility to provide quality education for decades to come. It is extremely well-built... and costs accordingly!
So now both the school’s ground floor and first floor are complete and in use; all that's left to complete is a tiled floor and electrics - but we're not in a hurry for that.
Finally an additional £60,000 (at current costs) will build the second floor and roof in the third and last phase, which will then accommodate all 600 pupils at a basic, operational level. After that, we'd like to add tiled floors and electrics.
The expansion in pupil numbers, and the corresponding number of teaching and admin staff, is scheduled to take place gradually until completion.
After that, the plan is to build our own secondary school to support the older children as they come through our junior school.