We have been working extensively with Budondo primary & St. Stephen senior secondary school, in Jinja-Uganda. All students regardless of their geographical location, gender or social status have immense potential, and are avid learners. As an organisation we are fully committed in sponsoring some of the most vulnerable students. From 2015 through to 2016 we enrolled over 10 students who were missing out on school all together. We have supported a total of 30 students, through our own network and communities.
Jinja - Uganda
As a social enterprise Raices is building its community projects through memberships of individuals and corporations. We are establishing partnerships who like us believe in equality and working at grass roots level with communities.
Our focus is to help achieve quality education for all, we believe that education is key for systematic and generatioanl progress.
Our £10 a month student school programmes provides students with all of their essentials to be able to perform and excel in school. We believe that every child deserves the best start in life. We are creating the first llibrary in Jinja, allowing children to experience storytelling and creativity. We want to create a community where like-minded people want to make a positive impact. Please join our membership plan today and join us on this journey.
Create an impact by supporting our students through our membership programme.
Our membership programme provides a unique opportunity where we invest 100% to the beneficiaries.
Why we should invest in more programmes to Benefit Girls’ Education
Research shows the positive results of more women and girls having better and sustained access to education. Studies show that education raises women’s standard of living in economic, social and health terms. In order for companies to fully benefit from a diverse and inclusive workforce, more has to be done to reach students in remote areas, with little or no access to education.
A 2012 U.N. report found that 95 percent of the 28.5 million children not receiving a primary school education live in low and lower-middle income countries. Of these children, 55 percent are female. A 2014 World Bank paper, using decades of data from 139 countries, found the cross-economy average rate of returning to school is 9.6 percent a year, but estimated rates are higher from women than men.
In addition, educating girls today will also help future populations. According to UNESCO data, if all females in developing countries completed primary education, child mortality would drop by a sixth, saving nearly one million lives annually. Also, maternal deaths, which the U.N. vows are largely preventable, would reduce by two-thirds. Schools can provide girls with life skills, reproductive health knowledge and a social space to discuss issues.
The importance of girls’ education is generational.
Child marriage on our doorstep
Girls also face unique challenges that impact their ability to stay in school through adolescence. For one, poverty often reduces young girls school attendance. Girls are compelled to stay home and work as an extra income could be vital to familial livelihood. Females also face heightened levels of violence; physical assault can keep females away from the classroom on a routine basis.
Girls who are denied education are at a higher risk to fall victims of child marriage. Each year, 15 million girls are married before reaching adulthood. Our vision at Raices, is to help erradicate this violation of child rights by promoting education and celebrating initiatives which are making an impact. Child marriage impedes the economic status of women, and thus the empowerment of women worldwide.
In order to help the students under our programme thrive, we provide all of their school equipment. This also relieves some of the financial burden of families who are unable to provide some of the essential school materials, many of us take for granted.
It is a prerequisite in all schools in Uganda, for families to provide the school uniform in order to be enrolled at a school. In some cases, this is a very costly requirement, which leads to children missing out on school all together. We work with the local tailor, and provide free school uniforms to the children we are sponsoring.
Free School meals
The government of Uganda has placed a strong emphasis on Education,
Despite its large expenditure, parents are expected to contribute towards development fees for their children's education. In addition school meals are not included in the fees. This high cost for families has meant that children drop out of school at an early age. Which explains the country’s very high primary school dropout rates. Our programme provides free school meals, there are many children who go home early because they are hungry and dehydrated.
We are creating the first ever children's library in Jinja - Uganda. We want to create a space where children can fall in love with reading. Storytelling is a big part of businesses today.