The Humanist Schools in Uganda have received substantial support from two U.S. Humanist organisations.
KidsHeartKids, a charity established by Mario Mouton, his wife and their 7 year old daughter Lylah, set out in November to raise money for the Humanist Schools. They created a website, a FaceBook page and initiated a number of very successful fundraising activities. The following message from Mario sets out the extent of the support they have been able to send to the schools.
“We have raised enough to Sponsor two students for four years at Isaac Newton School, Masaka. We have also collected around $500 in quality drawing pencils, charcoals, pastels, and watercolor pencils for the school. (The photograph shows the staff and students opening up the box of art materials.)
We were also able to help Kasese Humanist Primary School as well. We shipped two electric school bells, established a penpal program, and were able to ship several hundred dollars in arts and crafts supplies and educational software.
We look forward to doing more in 2014 and consider this year to be successful as we started collections on top of Lylah’s savings late in the year.
Ethical Society of St Louis has also raised a substantial amount of money for Isaac Newton High School and Mustard Seed School. This follows a visit to Uganda last year by Ed Schmidt and a colleague, who met with Peter Kisirinya and Steve and Hilary Hurd and squeezed a visit to Isaac Newton High School into a very busy schedule. Ed and Ethical Society leader Kate Lovelady have been very successful in mobilising individual members of his organisation to support the scholarship scheme for students at the schools. Here is the latest message from Ed:
“Ethical Society of St Louis is to sponsor 7 girls for 4 years at full board. We have 5 donations of $480, with commitments from four of those “giving units” (a single person, two couples, and two couples together) to continue each year for 4 years. Not sure whether the 4th donor couple is committed for 3 more years, but if not we will cover. In addition we have collected about $2000 in smaller donations. As I mentioned earlier, we are thinking of this as the first two years for two girls, and we will ask for more donations as this amount runs out.
We’d like the scholarships all to go to girls starting in Senior 1. The distribution to be 5 to Isaac Newton and the two remaining scholarships to go to Mustard Seed School.
The schools are in the process of recruiting their new intake of students. As soon as we receive information, my wife, Hilary, who takes care of our scholarship programme will send details of the students and their photographs to the new sponsors. These two initiatives are a real boost to confidence in the Humanist Schools in Uganda. Given the difficult political conditions in Uganda, the schools particularly welcome this show of support from friends around the world at the present time.