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Burimba Mojsterjaka centre for community development is a community-based organization founded in 2016. The aim of the organization is to support local community development through education, health care, creating jobs, connecting local people in cultural activities and traditions. We contribute to the lives of children with poor family background, orphans, farmers and unemployed people that live around Lake Bunyonyi. This project is founded by Ronald Asiimwe Mojsterjaka, he has been the managing director of this project to date. You can check out our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/Burimba-mojsterjaka-centr...
It is based on Lake Bunyonyi and consists of the following different projects:
1. Preparatory School (Nursery and Primary School)
Educates children from families who cannot afford to pay tuition fees and other school requirements. Currently, it involves 5 teachers, 1 cook, 2 non-teaching staff members, around 165 children in the kindergarten and primary school. Check out our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/Asiimwe-Preparatory-Schoo...
2. Swimming lessons
Lake Bunyonyi is a large lake with 29 islands on it and many villages surrounding it. Most inhabitants do not know how to swim although the lake is relatively warm throughout the whole year (around 20°C) and Bilharzia-free which makes it perfect for swimming. By teaching children how to swim is a vital skill given the fact that transport around the lake is mainly by boats and canoes.we do this as a life saving skill. We are working on a swimming school building to allow year round lessons.
3. Vocational Training School
Most residents in villages around the lake are farmers without regular income. Our goal is provide skills to give the local people the ability to be self employed by providing training for a variety of skills.
One project we are working on is a sewing class. Here we will be working with fabrics as well as making reusable sanitary pads for young girls and women who are not able to afford them. We plan on teaching them how to make these. Did you know that poor girls in Uganda use old clothes, towels, leaves, old newspapers or toilet paper instead of sanitary inserts? Some people go even so far in their distress that they plant dry cow manure. Their fears of having an 'accident' happen to them at school often forces them to stay away from class. In addition, the methods they use are not hygienic. This is why girls are often subjected to bacteria and fungal infections. As a result, a large portion of country girls shy away from their schooling.
Another project we have been running is helping local women and men to sell their handmade items. Many of them know how to make crafts for everyday life from different materials like banana leaves, papyrus and eucalyptus trees. We organise skill sharing workshops, including the sharing of craftmanship as well as selling techniques and further entrepreneurial skills.
4. Piglet Project
We gave away piglets to 206 different families in different villages in three years time and we continue to expand the project to different families, this project started with 10 pigs. Families take care of the piglets and when they reproduce, they pass the offspring on to another family. The goal is to provide a piglet for every family which will help them to pay for their children's education.
5. Cultural group
Involve 30 locals who practice traditional dances. We help them connect with tourist resorts to earn some money by performing for foreign visitors. They decide what to do with the money they earn.
6. Health Education
By teaching local people about hygiene, sanitation, family planning and environmental conservation, we try to create a better future for local communities.
7. Responsible Tourism
We try to benefit the local community from tourism by providing a home stay(camp site and guest house) for foreign visitors and connecting them with activities run by locals. Check out the Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/Asiimwe-guest-house-and-c...
Where is your money going?
- Building on new classrooms to the school
- Food and clothing for the school children
- Finishing the building of the swimming school
- Purchasing of sewing machines
- School furniture
- Teaching staff salaries
- Purchasing more pigs
- Hygiene products for the local community
- School supplies (books, pens, papers, scissors etc)
- Building a sick bay for the school children
- Building proper toilets for the school
- Water collection tank for the school
What we can do with your donations:
€6 - You can pay a construction worker for a full day (currently 60 days to complete the building)
€10 - You can buy a bench for a school child (currently require 40 more benches)
€50 - You can help us purchase and transport sand for our school buildings
€85 - You can buy ten iron bars for the school construction
€100 - You can pay the salary of one teacher for one month (currently have 5 teachers)
€100 - You can buy ten bags of cement for the school building
€100 - You can buy ten iron sheets for the school building
€100 - You can buy books, pens and pencils for all the school children for one semester
€150 - You can buy a professional sewing machine with table and chair for our vocational school
€160 - You can feed all the school children for one week's lunch and breakfast (currently 165 children)
€400 - You can buy the school a water collection tank
Over the years we have had a number of volunteers helping us out, if you are interested in a volunteering opportunity have a look at our Workaway option - https://www.workaway.info/en/host/563836992689
Therefore, we ask for your support through donations and sharing the campaign with likeminded kind people you know!
Thank you for your continued support!