It looks like it might be time to build again. Are you coming to see us in Uganda? Check out our Vision Trip 2019.
WE'RE BURSTING!!! (With thankfullness . . . and students!)
Since we opened our school in Nawanyingi it has grown by 100 students each year and we don't see this trend decreasing. Our school continues to flourish while positively impacting the lives of hundreds of children!This year our school grew by 120 students. There are now 452 children attending our elementary school.
Being able to fill this need in our community is such a blessing; but sadly,we had to turn away over 50 students because we didn't have space for them to stay. We also had to turn our library space, staff room, and offices into classroom space. Just last month, our school reached another level of recognition by the Ugandan government when it was granted status as an Examination Centre. We know this will enable our school to grow even more if we had the space.
Our desire for our school is for it to continue to provide quality education to children from all backgrounds. There are families who can afford to pay, helping us work towards making our school fully self-sustaining. This also helps out the families that we partner with who cannot afford to pay for their children to go to school.
The reality is that more children need access to the quality education we are providing. So with that, we recognize that it is time to BUILD again!
Thanks to some very special strategic partners who wish to remain anonymous, we have already been able to launch stage one of our build plan! We have started our own brick-making project.But, we aren't just making any old bricks. We are making special interlocking compressed earth bricks. These bricks use soil, mixed with lyme and concrete. The expected benefit of these bricks will be solid, long-lasting structures that are more efficient and cost-effective; all while training local men in our community and therefore empowering them with new employable skills.
Our first project for these bricks will go towards our most pressing need - more classroom space. The bricks for our first building are almost all completed!Our plan is to build a nursery classroom block with a sick bay. Thanks to amazing partners, we already have a third of the funds needed for this building!
To complete this first building we need an additional $25,000.
The next projects we are planning for our school expansion is to build:
Two more dormitories - $27,000 each
Adding an additional story to one of our school blocks - $50,000
We know this will take time, but we also know the need is there. So, the first step is sharing our dream and planning with you all!
We are so blessed to have an amazing team of Ugandans leading OVCP. With growth there always comes challenges and hurdles to overcome. We request prayer for our team as we press into these plans to grow our school. We ask you to pray for the future teachers we will need when our school grows. We ask that you pray for the future students who will get the chance to come to our school. We ask for you to pray that as we grow we wouldn't lose sight of the needs of those we serve now. We ask you to pray that as we grow we would never stray from having God at the center of OVCP.
Who is coming to visit us in Uganda in 2019? From January 28th to February 11th, 2019 (dates may change slightly as we get closer to booking flights), we would like to invite you to come on a Vision Trip to OVCP. Don't just hear about our vision, come and see it in action! Whether you have partnered with us for years or just want to come and see what we are all about, we would love to have you!
To join the OVCP Vision Trip mailing list send an email to Terra Lorenz at email@example.com
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